Tag archives for Colombia

Colombia’s vibrant capital emerges from a sketchy past to paint a bold new future.

Insider’s Guide to Bogotá

Change is coming rapidly to Bogotá, with the spread of European-style cuisine and lodgings—a matter of pride among Bogotanos. Yet the capital of Colombia remains resolutely local, especially in the old Candelaria neighborhood. Here are some of the highlights.

“Would you like to dance?”

I looked up and saw the handsome stranger I’d been watching on the dance floor for half an hour at Tin Tin Deo, one of the hottest clubs in Santiago de Cali, the “salsa capital of the world.”

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Photos: Where You Went

Our jet-setting friends on Facebook never fail to impress us with their far-flung escapades. Here’s a taste of the places you and your fellow gallivanters have visited lately. If you haven’t found National Geographic Traveler magazine on Facebook yet, please join us. Be sure to let us know where you’re off to each Friday, or just poke around for inspiration as you plan your next trip.

Saludos from Colombia city-lovers! Today we check in with Florida native Matt Dickhaus who has been living and working in Medellín for the past two years. Here he shares his insider tips to his South American city. Medellín is My City The first place I take a visitor from out of town is Lleras Park…

Wandering in Cartagena

Confession: On our honeymoon in Cartagena, Colombia, my husband and I did not take a dip in the therapeutic mud at the Volcán del Totumo. It sounded lovely. We could have made time for the excursion to slather on some warm gray mud. But instead, I discovered a new travel delight: slowing down and not…

By Rachael Jackson After a week-long trip to Cartagena, the walled Colombian city whose brightly colored colonial mansions often house fashionable boutiques and hotels, I was stumped by how to sum up the food. Sure there are the staples: arepas (thick tortilla-like patties, often filled with eggs or cheese), patacones (mashed, fried plantains), and coconut…

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Places Rated: Cartagena

The November/December issue of Traveler features our annual “Places Rated” survey of destination stewardship, and this year 340 expert panelists rated 99 coastal destinations around the world. Here on the blog, we’re going to highlight some of these coastal destinations and are interested in adding your feedback to the mix. What do you think? Colombia:…

Alison Ince, manager of Collections in National Geographic Libraries and Information Services, headed down to explore the Caribbean coast of Colombia. Who would have thought that lying in a pool of thick gray mud would be one of the highlights of my trip to Colombia?   But there I was, in the crater of a…

Bus2Antarctica: Lucky Miss

Andrew Evans is traveling by bus from Washington D.C. to Antarctica, and recounts a dangerous encounter while traveling through the Colombian Andes. Not only did the Darién Gap throw a wrench in my plans for crossing into South America–the natural barrier between the two continents also marks a distinct break in the species of buses…

Andrew Evans provides us a glimpse of the street life in Bogotá’s city center. I had great fun exploring the Colombian capital of Bogotá and was amazed what an artistic city it is. The wealth of art deco architecture, the splendid museums, talented street artists, and funky décor all around town surprised me. With so…

Andrew Evans arrived alone in Bogotá in Colombia, but quickly found himself among friends. Follow Andrew’s Twitter feed @Bus2Antarctica and bookmark all of his blog posts here. It’s a very small world after all. I doubt any of the original polar explorers ran into old high school friends on their journeys but then again, Shackleton…

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Andrew Evans recounts his run-in–literally–with an unfortunate cow while traveling from Cartagena to Bogotá in Colombia. Follow Andrew’s Twitter feed @Bus2Antarctica and bookmark all of his blog posts here. I did not wish for casualties on this trip, but when it happened, I was ready. My first bus in South America (my 19th bus since…

Andrew Evans’s pre-adolescent love for all things pirates was evoked while traveling through the Colombian city of Cartagena. Follow his entire trip to Antarctica here. Forgive me while I generalize for a bit: All little girls go through a princess phase. It starts around age four and starts waning around age seven or eight. Disney…

Yeah, ok, so I cheated a little. After staring out across Panama’s Caribbean coast and finding my way to South America blocked by rough seas and banditos, I hopped a quick flight on Aero República from Panama’s Tocumen airport to the colorful city of Cartagena, Colombia. My flight time (from take-off to touch down) was…

My Favorite Colombian Sweet

Christina Stockamore, our colleague at National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destinations, recently returned from a family reunion in Colombia, and naturally, she brought us treats. After we sampled them, we wanted the full story….not to mention another bite. When in Colombia, I often sneak into my aunt’s pantry to find the tin of José A.…