That’s a wrap… 59 days in Colombia and the end of Chapter 1. I’m heading to the aiport within the hour. Although I am extremely happy to be going home to be with my family and very excited for my next adventure, I am wishing I could stay longer. I got to see a lot but there’s a long list of places in the country that I would have also visited if I had more time. Hasta la próxima, Colombia.
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1. I arrive to Colombia, landing in Cartagena. I get to eat my first arepa made in Colombia on the street corner. I explore a few days for a few days with highlights being the Street Art Tour and a last night out with local friends and a fellow traveler.
Esta es mi primera arepa – Cartagena
2. I go east along the coast to Taganga. I find a second home at the Villa Mary hostel and obtain my Open Water Dive Certification. I eat some local fish, meet new friends and join them on an overnight trip to Palomino to sleep in hammocks by the ocean. I return to Taganga to obtain my Advanced Dive Certifiaction from Reef Shepard. I feel grateful for not making a plan when I see my last sunset from the Villa Mary roof.
Taganga – Donde esta el autobus a Palomino – Advanced Taganga
3. I fly to and discover Medellín, a city with so much to offer. I stumble upon Pergamino Café and become a regular. I take a free walking tour with Pablo and learn a lot more about the city’s history. My computer breaks from blogging too much. I explore Guatapé and start Spanish classes at Toucan. I watch a few Colombian futbol matches and practice my Spanish with locals in Parque Poblado. I write a love letter to David Bowie in my second week of spanish classes. I overdo it at the Maridaje Wine and Food Festival.
Cities that I love – Free Walking Tour – Medellin 1/? – Medellin 1/2
4. I bus to Manizales with a fellow vagabond and stay a hostel with an amazing view in Morrogacho. I make friends with the baristas in a coffee shop and wander into coffee fincas to learn more about my favorite thing and help them sort beans for the day. I start following dogs as a hobby. I get invited to a new friend´s uncle´s finca for the weekend. I ride a stuffed Jeep and I learn a lot from Wilbur about coffee, machetes, Aguardiente, and love.
Manizales – Near Manizales
5. I take my time in Salento while learning more about coffee and hiking. I discover the best sport in the world, Tejo. I play games, trade riddles, and do yoga with the backpackers cycling through.
Salento / More Coffee
6. Final stop in Bogotá for a week and a half to see what the city has to offer. I discover the vibrant cultural scene and meet extremely nice people. I stay with a friend that I met in Medellín and get a great balance of local life and exploring the city with fresh eyes.
What to do in Bogotá when you’re staying with a friend and when you’re on your own