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Colombia Blogs

There are some really great Colombia-based bloggers out there, whose blogs I regularly visit. Even though this blog is about Bogotá, many people who move to Bogotá initially might want to move to another part of Colombia eventually. So here are some Colombia blogs that I recommend you take a look at:

  • www.richardmccoll.com – Richard McColl is a British-Canadian journalist, author, hotelier and guide who lives in Bogotá with his wife and son. He has a weekly radio show/podcast, Colombia Calling, which discusses the latest news in Colombia, and features an interview with a special guest (of which I was once one!). Richard owns a beautiful hotel in Mompox, La Casa Amarilla, next to the Magdalena river; a beautiful, peaceful and tropical getaway from the city!
  • www.sarepa.com – Australian Sarah Duncan writes Sarepa, a travel blog all about travelling through and living in Colombia. Sarah has written prolifically about life in Colombia, covering a wide range of topics, and her blog is a treasure trove of resources, particularly if your plan is to travel extensively in Colombia. She offers a free ’15-day Inspire Guide to Colombia’ on her blog, as well as a free e-book, How to Quit Your Job and Travel the World, and teaches a 4-week blogging course, Build Your Best Blog. (Phew!)
  • nolongernative.com – No Longer Native is an expat blog from an American couple living in Bogotá, Colombia. It’s a journal containing posts on travels, cultural musings and everyday life.  They also want it to be a resource for others facing the same life change of a first time expat assignment.  Since many of the posts are written by Danielle, you’ll find a lot of advice from the perspective of a first time ‘trailing spouse.’ I really liked her post on NGO Sembrando Confianza – get your fairtrade and organic produce delivered to your door!
  • flavorsofbogota.com – by Karen Attman on FOOD!! and where to eat in Bogotá. Just visit her blog, and then eat well. Neither my stomach, my taste-buds nor I have ever regretted following one of Karen’s recommendations!
  • bogotastic.com – Jade was born French, raised in Florida, studied in Spain, worked in Luxembourg, now lives in Bogotá, Colombia..! Phew! Girlfriend of a Colombian (ditto!) she writes about her experiences of living in Bogotá.
  • alittlecameo.com – Written by Camille from Australia, she tells of her experiences living in Colombia, starting off in Santa Marta on the Caribbean coast, and ending up in Bogotá where she is now based. Plenty of entertaining anecdotes to be found here!
  • honestlycali.weebly.com – After finishing her Masters in Environment and Development at London School of Economics, Marie moved to Cali, where she works at CIAT, an international research centre for climate change and food security. In her blog, she writes about her life as an expat in Cali, food, culture, challenges she faced, such as finding a job, and socioeconomic issues. One post readers might find useful is about how to get health insurance as an expat/traveller.
  • caliadventurer.com – The Cali Adventurer is Patrick from Denmark, who has been living in Cali with his girlfriend and their daughters since August 2013. It is a blog on living, visiting and investing in Cali and Colombia. He tells one pretty jaw-dropping story about how he lost $100,000 dollars when he got screwed over once in a property deal, and parents thinking of moving to Colombia will find his post on the cost of raising children in Colombia very informative.
  • barranquillaorbust.com – Courtenay Strickland moved to Barranquilla from Miami in July 2012, and then to Medellín in July 2014. If you’re thinking of moving to Barranquilla, home to the world-famous Carnaval de Barranquilla (and of course Colombianas Shakira and Sofía Vergara!) have a look at the Barranquilla Info page, which contains a number of useful tips and links to help you get started!
  • incolombia.it – for Italian readers – Roby gives you all of the above…in Italian.
  • seecolombia.travel/blog – See Colombia is a popular resource for travel news, information and cultural goings-on in Colombia with contributors writing in English and Spanish. You can also book organised tours through the website.

(Sorry if I’ve missed anyone! Send me a message and I’d add your blog to the list!)

8 Comments on Colombia Blogs

  1. Hi. Just wanted to say I’m following your blog and thanks for this list of others. My husband and I moved to Bogota in January and started our own blog….www.colombia2you.wordpress.com. Our latest posting will post tomorrow morning. We’re still learning about blogs and blogging while also trying to teach business English. Please check out our site…we welcome any feedback you might offer! Salud!

    • Hi Jane, sorry I didn’t see this before! I’ve had a look at your blog and read a few of your posts (the photo of the hummingbirds is amazing! I’ve already pinned it to my Colombia board on Pinterest! Can I add it to my post on hummingbirds and link back to your blog? :)) I think the niche of your blog could be for retired couples/individuals wanting to retire in Colombia; I have already received a few messages from people who’ve done what you have (and from people who are still thinking about it), so you could really push that as the focus of your blog and accumulate a good following! Then you could sort your posts into categories (eg. Getting Started, Work, Food, Going Out, Vacations in Colombia etc) to help people find what they’re looking for. If you really want the search engines to find your blog, I’d recommend buying a domain and getting hosting. Then you can install SEO plugins to help the blog appear high up in Google search results and to give you more flexibility in terms of the design of your blog.
      Just a few ideas! Do keep in touch and good luck with the new life – enjoy! 🙂

  2. Thanks for the love, Naomi!! Right back at you 🙂

  3. Thanks! I’m moving to Colombia next summer and just added all of these to my feed. Now I just need to delete all the blogs from my last country or else I’ll be reading blogs all day long…not that that’s bad.

  4. Hello there,

    For my sins I blog with El Tiempo (http://blogs.eltiempo.com/wrong-way-corrigan), it’s coming off my original blog http://www.wwcorrigan.blogspot.ie/.

    Plenty of posts about frustrating dealings with Colombianas there!

    Cheers.

  5. Nice collection! These blogs pretty much answer everything about Colombia that a traveler must know.

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