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Things to do in Cali: my trip to Colombia’s salsa capital

October 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

I’ve visited a few lovely places in Colombia outside of Bogota. I’ve been to Cartagena FOUR times (I’ll never get tired of that city :)), Santa Marta, La Guajira, Villa de Leyva, Paipa, Medellin and a few rural areas and pueblos around Bogota. I’d wanted to visit Cali, the Colombian salsa capital, for a while, and this month I finally went! View of Cerro de [more]

Choachi: an undiscovered trail for hiking near Bogota

August 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

Choachi cloud forest, Colombia I grew up in London, so I wasn’t much of a hiker before moving to Colombia. But if you’ve lived in Bogota, you’ll know that restless feeling of wanting to escape the city once in a while. Bogota is surrounded by lush green countryside, several different ecosystems due to the varying altitude, and wildlife-spotting opportunities. [more]

Horse riding near Bogota: an adventure in La Calera

July 24, 2019 // 0 Comments

Born and raised in London and with family roots there that go back many generations, city-living is part of my family’s DNA. Horse riding on Saturdays in London when I was a child involved walking around a large sandpit in circles. Needless to say, I lost interest in that hobby fairly quickly. Occasionally I’d see a couple of police officers out on the roads of [more]

Close encounters with hummingbirds at the Observatorio de Colibries

July 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

I entered Victoria Lizarralde’s garden, also known as the Observatorio de Colibries (Hummingbird Observatory), and heard the unmistakeable ‘buzz’ of a hummingbird whizzing past my ear. On a cool, damp Sunday morning I had joined a small tour group led by Andes Ecotours and travelled 45 minutes up into the mountains from Bogotá. We headed for a wooden shelter [more]

A weekend in Villa de Leyva

January 18, 2018 // 5 Comments

Back in July 2017 we decided to go to Villa de Leyva in Boyacá for a long weekend. A trip to this beautiful little colonial town set in the picturesque countryside of Boyacá is one of those trips everyone visiting Bogota will try to make if they have time. That said, it took me four years to make the journey there! But it was well worth the wait! How to get to [more]

Visiting Chingaza National Park in Colombia

January 8, 2018 // 7 Comments

I’d wanted to visit Chingaza National Park since I arrived in Colombia four years ago. A guy on my CELTA course at the British Council waxed lyrical about it for weeks after he visited it with his family, and this piqued my curiosity. Unfortunately though, we don’t have a car and weren’t sure how to organise a guided visit to the park. So I was [more]

The best Colombian coffee farm tour near Bogota

August 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

As a Brit through and through, it should come as no surprise that I’m a proud tea-drinker. But even I have to admit that there’s nothing like farm fresh Colombian coffee! So when Chantelle from Andes Ecotours invited me to join her on their coffee farm tour near Bogota I jumped at the chance! I first went on this tour in 2013, but it has changed a lot since [more]
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