Bogota – Part 2

After our unpleasant experience on Monserrate, we were left uncertain as to whether we liked Bogota and whether we even wanted to stay. We did decide to stay however, and gave the city a second chance, vowing this time to avoid any unreasonably dense crowds...

Pickpocketed in Bogota

Taking another night bus from San Gil to Bogota we arrived bright and early in the morning. Our first impressions of Bogota were a little sour, it was cold, raining, and busy. The bus station a flood of people walking in every direction. Outside hundreds of taxis lined up in the rain to take people away from the bus station. Taking a cab off the street is supposed to be dangerous, so...

Paragliding in San Gil

San Gil is the adventure sports capital of Colombia. A 325 year old town, founded in 1689 is now a place where adventure sports addicts converge, whether you feel like mountain biking through the canyons, white water rafting up to class 5 rapids, kayaking, paragliding, bungee jumping, caving, or repelling down waterfalls, all can be found in San Gil...

Minca – Mountain top jungle with a view

With our rehabilitation and relaxation complete in the Santa Marta hostel, it was time to move on to our next destination, the tiny mountain town of Minca. I must admit when Krista told me about this little town that she had read about up in the hills where there is apparently a lot of bird watching, I had my doubts...

Relaxing in Santa Marta

After Tayrona National Park, we returned to the nearby city of Santa Marta. After 3 nights in a hot tent, we were looking for two things in our accommodation: air conditioning and wifi. We found both at The Emerald Hostel, which opened only a few months before our stay and had hardly any guests...

Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Our next stop was the beautiful Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona - Tayrona National Park. A must see for travelers along Colombia's Caribbean coast. Nearly every traveler we have encountered has either been there already or is going there. This huge 12,000 hectare unspoiled wildlife refuge along the coast offers an escape for the hustle and bustle of the cities with beautiful beaches, jungle hiking, camping, and ancient ruins to explore.