Colombia

img_7363_2Cartagena – 5 nights

Getting there:

We arrived in Colombia via sailing the San Blas islands (5-day sailing trip from Panama city). The sailing trip was amazing and our boat was the “Nacar Cat” booked through bluesailinginfo@gmail.com. See link for more details: www.bluesailing.net

Accommodation:

Mamallena Hostel; See link: http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/Hostel-Mamallena/Cartagena/63978?dateFrom=2017-08-19&dateTo=2017-08-22&number_of_guests=2

This hostel was located on the main street of party hostels.

Things to do:

-walk the old colonial town

-shopping was great here

-nightlife was happenin’

-stay over night in playa blanca (1 night); eat cerviche & fruit bowls and go snorkelling

Things I wish I knew/did:

– It is very humid and hot in Cartagena.

– If you are out late, be careful as the cops can be corrupt in Cartagena (they walk around the streets).

– Take a visit to the near by islands Isla Rosario is one that I missed and would’ve liked to visit.

Taganga – 5 nights

Getting there: 

From Cartagena, you can take a shuttle bus to Taganga which takes around 5 hours. There are multiple times available at which you can travel.

Accommodation:

We stayed at hostel Casa Felipe (great hammocks). See link: www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/Hostal-La-Casa-de-Felipe/Taganga/66895 

Things to do:

– Eat at Balaganoush rooftop restaurant

– Diving

– Visit the beaches

– Hike through Tayrona National Park for the day (book the trip through the hostel); I hiked into Copan

Things I wish I knew/did: 

You can leave your bag here to stay overnight to go to Tayrona National Park, which in hindsight I wish I did. You can stay overnight and camp in a rented tent or netted hammock. The national park was absolutely stunning and wish I could’ve spent more time there.

Medellin – 2 nights

Getting there:

Flying within Colombia is very cheap using: www.vivacolombia.co/en-co; I flew from Cartagena to Medellin for under $100 which saved tons of travel time (I believe the bus is around 12 hours overnight for similar pricing).

Accommodation:

We stayed at Casa Kiwi Hostel in the El Plobado area. See link: http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/Casa-Kiwi-Hostel-Medellin/Medellin/12231?dateFrom=2017-08-19&dateTo=2017-08-22&number_of_guests=2

Things to do:

– Free walking tour is a must-do; the history is incredible

-Can also do the Pablo Escobar tour which is fascinating

-Do the cable car to get incredible views of the city

-Shopping

-Nightlife is so much fun here

Things I wish I knew/did: 

I wish we had time to do the day trip out to Guatape as well as just explore more of the city of Medellin.

 

Overall recommendations:

Colombia is one of few countries I’d go back too (just because I love exploring new places) because it was absolutely INCREDIBLE. The list goes on for all the cities/places/beaches I wish I got to see (Bogata, Cali, spent more time in Medellin, Santa Marta, Palomino).

If you go to Santa Marta, Minca, stay at Casa Elemento; its famous for one of the largest hammocks in the world with a sweet view. See link: http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/Casa-Elemento/Minca/84071?dateFrom=2017-08-29&dateTo=2017-09-01&number_of_guests=2

It is likely you’ll need a visa. For us, the visa was sorted easily upon arrival but that’s because the Blue Sailing company arranged it.

It was very safe and I had no issues throughout my travels.

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