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Our (Detailed) Journey Through Colombia

In recent years, Colombia has boomed as the "must visit" destination for travelers of all types from families, bloggers, photographers, backpackers, and solo travelers--and for good reason! From it's rich culture, colorful, colonial towns, big metropolitan cities, tropical resorts, lush greenery and wildlife and not to mention it's vibrant coffee region, this country has it all!

We started in Cartagena and traveled all the way down to Ipiales via bus. Here is an all inclusive insight into what we ate, where we stayed, and what we did during our travels throughout this marvelous country.


Old City, Cartagena

What We Ate

-Pasteleria Mila: Arepa con huevos, a customary breakfast item from the coast that could be eaten any time of day. It consists of an arepa filled with ground beef, an egg, and cheese!

-Juan Valdez: The Starbucks of Colombia! Try their alforjores--a caramel filled soft cookie, and coffee.

-Donde Magola: Local and inexpensive empanadas, no frills but so good, starting at $1!

Where We Stayed

-Patio Getsemaní: An upscale hostel with a cute rooftop courtyard, nice rooms with AC, and breakfast included.

-Hotel Charleston Santa Teresa: Luxury 5 star hotel located in the heart of the Old City with a rooftop pool, his and hers spa, and a bangin' breakfast buffet.

What We Did

-Isla Barú: Island off the coast of Cartagena. Stay a day or overnight in one of the many hostels on the beach in Playa Blanca. The best part about staying the night is that the crowds leave before 5pm leaving you with a quiet beach and an epic sunset.

-Old City: Also known as "The Walled City," due to the giant stone wall surrounding the area. The wall was built to protect the city from possible pirate attacks and offers great views of the town from all corners. Wander the colorful streets, explore the artesanal markets, and photograph colonial-style balconies draped in bougainvillea flowers.

-Clocktower: karaoke bar - the locals take this very seriously, enjoy a live band and great drinks.


1. Whatever city you arrive in, exchange most of your money outside of the airport. The rate will be more favorable! There are many money exchange shops throughout the cities.

2. Be sure to tip the chiquita ladies before photographing them or they get very upset!

3. When heading to Playa Blanca, there are two ways to get there. I recommend the boat ride that you can catch at Muelle de La Bodeguita! However, if you get easily seasick, try the other route. Sometimes the waters get a bit rough! Also, don't go with anything you don't want to get soaked. If you are bringing a camera, be sure to have it sealed in a plastic bag.

Santa Marta

Santa Marta

What We Ate

-Ikaro Cafe: A trendy shop with couch beds to lounge on while you enjoy the large variety of coffee beverages, desserts, and vegan options! We loved the coca lemongrass tea, and the coconut milk iced latte.

-Lazy Cat: Inexpensive and delicious burgers, good for budget travelers!

-Bienvenue Crepes: A cute French creperie with outdoor seating, and tons of crepe options to choose from.

Where We Stayed

-Masaya Hostels: A trendy, young, and cool hostel with 2 small pools, and a rooftop bar/restaurant. They also have a travel agent on-site to help you book your tours.

What we Did

-The Lost City Trek (Ciudad Perdida): A difficult but rewarding 4 day hike through the Sierra Nevada mountains. The Lost City is the archaeological site of an ancient indigenous town built in 800AD.

-Tayrona National Park: Great for small hikes, and beaching it. (See section on Tayrona below).


1. From Santa Marta, we took buses to Tayrona National Park and The Lost City Trek.

2. Be careful with your belongings even with the crowds around, and don't wander the streets late at night! Two friends of ours were held at knife point and robbed of $120 during a live music festival with families and people everywhere.

Tayrona National Park

Casilletes, Tayrona National Park

What We Ate

-Restaurante Playa Cañaveral: We ordered the menu del dia which included an entree, main plate, a dessert, and a juice. The mojarra (a typical dish of fried fish) was excellent and the maracuya juice was divine!

Where We Stayed

-Casilletes: While most people flock to area