EGA’s Guide To Colombia
Colombia is an amazing country that has a little bit of everything. From hiking in Minca, to tours of the Coffee Triangle and the nightlife in Medellin, Colombia has something for everyone! Easy Group Airfare Travel Ambassador, David Melendez, just returned from this gorgeous country and put together a guide of places to see and things to do.
Colombia is the perfect country for any traveler on a budget.
Accommodations ranged from $12 — $15 per night for a hostel dorm bed while a private room is normally double.
Local cuisine costs about $3 while typical foreign food such as a hamburger costs around $5 .
“Local food is always the cheapest and for many, the tastiest. You can always expect massive portions. Colombian’s are big on their lunches so a usual lunch dish will come with soup, choice of meat, beans, rice and plantains for right around $3.”
Completely surrounded by a more than 20-foot wall, Cartagena is a cute Spanish style town that is bustling every night of the week.
Things to do:
City Tour: Make sure to take a Free Walking Tour on Cartegena’s history and its notable landmarks.
Rosario Islands: The beaches in town are not the nicest but take a 30 minute boat ride to the islands which are considerably nicer.
Suggestion: To immerse yourself in the city hustle, stay in San Diego. If looking for a little more peace and quiet, be sure to check out St Getsemani.
Minca is a village north of Cartegena whose mountainous terrain provides a perfect way to get some much-needed fresh air
Hike: Minca is literally one big circle that can be hiked in around 5 hours. Cool off near a waterfall, eat lunch overlooking the Sierra Nevada Mountains or take a coffee tour.
Casa Elemento: With a restaurant, bar, pool, climbing wall, and giant hammock that hangs right over a mountain, this hostel is an ideal place to chill out as there is no internet on the premises, which takes your present-moment living to the next level.
Located northeast of Armenia, the colonial town of Salento is home to a thriving community of craftsmen and artisans, the region’s most prolific coffee producers, as well as breathtaking scenery.
Cocora Valley: This is the main attraction for anyone visiting Salento. The valley is part of the Los Nevados National Natural Park and the principal location of the Colombia’s national tree, the Quindío wax palm.
Tip#1: The valley is subjected to a lot of rain so before exploring, rent a pair of rain boots for $2 and do some Indiana Jones-style trekking.
Tip#2: Leave early for the Cocora Valley hike! The afternoon usually has overcast skies and the best pics are captured in the morning.
Play Tejo: The game consists of throwing a metal puck/disc (the tejo) across an alley about 15m long, to a 1x1 meter board covered with clay set at an angle. The goal is to use the tejo to hit small parcels of gunpowder on the board that cause a small explosion upon impact. Different shots are awarded different points and tradition dictates the game should always be played whilst drinking beer.
Situated in a narrow valley, the “City of Eternal Spring” is renowned for its textile manufacturing and exported cut flowers, as well as a legendary nightlife.
The City: Trip Advisor’s #1 Must-Do Activity in Medellin is a Walking Tour, essential for shedding a light on the city’s unique and controversial history, most notably once being known as the most dangerous city in the world as well as the birthplace of the Medellin Cartel founded by the infamous drug lord, Pablo Escobar.
Guatape: A two-hour trip from Medellin, the small town of Guatape is known for its houses decorated with colorful bas-reliefs and for its gigantic rock, Piedra del Peñol.
750 steps up the rock provide some of the most incredible views of Colombia’s landscape.
Word to the Wise: Contrary to popular belief, the city is very safe. Many foreigners visit Medellin year round not the mention a healthy number of foreigners have relocated here over the years. As with any place, use caution and be aware of your surroundings.
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