Sisga and Los Volcanes

Two weeks ago we had another urge to step out of the pollution of Bogota and spend the weekend relaxing in nature. We heard there are different spots with hot springs close to Bogota, so we started listening to our Bogota friends what would be the best spot: Choachi or Macheta? Apparently Choachi is incredibly crowded,…

Cartagena de Indias

During the same long weekend we went to Islas del Rosario, we first spent 2 days enjoying Cartagena: a city full of colors, flowers, fruit, architecture and happy people. Cartagena has this magic mix of colonial buildings, nice renovations, good bars and restaurants and… cruise ships full of germans + slightly over-priced hotels ;-). But…

Islas del Rosario

While Tine’s parents (Erna & Hugo) were visiting us in Colombia, we joined them for a weekend Cartagena & Islas del Rosario. The beautiful – peaceful island is laying about 1 hour by boat from Cartagena and certainly worth a visit if you liking snorkeling, scuba diving or spending some time on a desolate island….

Los Llanos – Colombian flatland

Just before going to Belgium for a couple of days, we spent Tine’s birthday in Los Llanos. A region quite unknown to foreign tourists and their Lonely Planet / Rough Guide. The road to get there used to be extremely dangerous some 10 years ago, with both Farc and rebel groups controlling part of the…

Hiking in parque Chingaza

With plenty of Easter hope… Here we go again with our blog on Colombian adventures. Last 4 days we went to Parque National Chingaza, a nature park with its entrance about 1,5 hours driving from Bogota. The entrance is limited to a very small number of people, but we were lucky being able to reserve…

Finca del Cafe

Our last stop of the Christmas holidays: visiting a coffee farm and learning how the Colombians cultivate and produce coffee. From selecting the right seeds (hand-picking and de-pulping), to growing the plants, to selecting the ripe beans, to molding and processing them, to roasting them on the stove, and finally grinding them to drink a delicious coffee. The Finca del Cafe and…

Termales San Vicente

The mountains in the Colombian Zona Cafetera are also known for their natural hot springs. The Termales de San Vicente are situated at an altitude of 2430 m, a small hour away from Santa Rosa de Cabal. It’s a slightly difficult non-paved road to get there, and there are no public buses, so we hitchhiked. We were lucky to be picked-up by…

Salento, Filandia & Valle de Cocora

We did a transfer of half a day in steep and hilly Manizales, and then catched the bus to visit two little towns in La Zona Cafetera. The first one, Salento, is quite touristic, as it’s the starting point for most hikers to La Valle de Cocora. It was also ‘fiesta del pueblo’ when we were there (again 🙂 ), so it was very…

New Year in Jardín

After a 3 hours bus drive from Medellin, through mountains and more mountains and more mountains, we arrived in Jardin in the late afternoon. As it was the 31th of december, we booked a hotel on the central plaza to fully experience the New Years festivities. It was the most happy-colored hotel ever! Incl. typical Colombian decoration with…

Guatapé

The lake and town of Guatapé are a 2-3 hours drive from Medellin. We stayed in the beautiful Casa Encuentro, a boutique hostel at walking distance from the town, and a green oasis full of friendly people. The living room, chill-out room with hammocks, and dorms have all amazing views on the lake. Just like the lake of Guatavita,…

Santa Fe de Antioquia

After 4 days in the city of Medellin, we decided to move to a sleepy, colonial town, 80 kms from Medellin. Sante Fe is the oldest town in Antioquia, it used to be the capital when it was founded in 1541. It still has this authentic character: narrow streets, cobble stones, woodwork, patios and courtyards, pastel colors – very charming!…

Christmas in Medellin

Saturday the 24th of December we started our 2-week round trip to Medellin and La Zona Cafetera. On the planning: Medellin, Santa Fé de Antioquia, Guatapé, Jardin, Manizales, Perreira, Salento, Valle de Cocora, Filandia, Termales de San Vicente, and a real ‘finca de café’ (coffee farm) in Santa Rosa de Cabal. We flew early in…