Santa Marta is the holder of the title of Colombia’s oldest city. Set near the northern tip of the continent Santa Marta enjoys all-year-round good weather to a backdrop of the Caribbean Sea and Sierra Nevada mountain range. It may be a little rough around the edges but it’s easy to see why so many travellers are drawn to Santa Marta.
Minca is one of Colombia’s worst kept secrets. Set in the idyllic hills of the Sierra Nevada, this tranquil little village is a haven for backpackers looking to lose themselves in its beauty. Minca is full of incredible bio-diversity, rivers, waterfalls, hikes and coffee and cacao farms. Here is a list of our favourite activities in this green haven.
Tena is a small city in the Amazon rainforest and is popular spot amongst travellers for its natural beauty, wildlife and easy access to the deeper realms of the rainforest. As with most places the streets of Tena are dotted with tour agencies but our guide can show you how to have the same experiences at a fraction of the cost.
Nestled in the luscious rolling foothills of the Colombia countryside, Salento is a popular tourist spot for both travellers and locals alike. This adorable little town is the perfect place for a break from the bustling Colombian cities. If you’re a lover of nature, coffee and photogenic Andean towns, then this is the perfect place for you.
Banos is often referred to as Ecuador’s adventure hotspot. A playground set in the tranquil beauty of the Amazon jungle. With so much to see, do and experience, it’s easy to see why some travellers end up staying here for a week, or even longer. Read on to see how you can enjoy Banos without breaking the bank.
For all you intrepid, challenge-seeking trek lovers out there, we have another name for your list – The Lost City. Ciudad Perdida can only be reached during a gruelling 4 day hike through in the sweltering heat of the Colombian jungle. You’ll want to prepare yourselves for this one, it’s seriously sweaty business.
Medellin has come a long way since being known as one of the deadliest places on the planet during the drug cartel’s reign of terror in the 1990’s. Now, Medellin is the beating heart of Colombia. With so much charm and charisma, it’s easy to see why Medellin’s backpacker scene is thriving. Here is why we think Medellin is so awesome.
Bogota, Colombia. Lots of people, big buildings and busy roads. It’s just another capital city, right? Wrong! Bogota is welcoming, engaging and draped in charm. There’s a vibrancy and energy in the air that just can’t be explained. For such a big city with so many people, Bogota somehow makes you feel so connected to it all. Here is how to get the best out of Bogota.
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This self-guided hike takes you through the luscious landscapes of the Ecuadorian Andes and is a must for any outdoor loving adventurer. Make no mistake about it, the Quilotoa Loop is challenging, but the reward is so worth it. The 3 day hike culminates at a indescribably beautiful lagoon inside an old, inactive volcano. You do have the option of just taking a bus to the lagoon, but where would be the fun in that?