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Highlights of Colombia

Colombia tour - City, Coffee Country, and Caribbean

by KBennettAbout Me:"The world is big and I want to have a look at it before it gets dark" -John Muir read more

South AmericaColombia10 days / April 2017

Highs & Lows

Running through the coffee countryside

My purse was stolen by an elderly woman

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I would have liked to visited Medellin. We could have shorten Armenia and Cartagena each by 1 day, but it was nice to be at a slow pace and not feel rushed.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Definitely get out to the countryside which was beautiful and peaceful.

  • Transportation Tips?

    We used the app "Tappsi" which is like Uber in Bogota and took taxis in Cartagena.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    My purse was lifted off the back of my chair (dumb of me, I realize) by an tiny elderly woman while we dined in a mostly empty restaurant.

  • Packing tips?

    Because of the high altitude, the weather was mild in Bogota and Armenia, but very humid and warm in Cartagena. We were able to pack light with taking only carry on bags. Plan to dress up for high end restaurants in Bogata, and dress fun and colorful in Cartagena.

  • How was the food?

    The food was great! I'm a pescatarian which was very easy to accommodate. I now make my own version of Colombia beans and coconut rice.

  • Any surprises?

    After travels through Europe and the U.S., Colombia is a refreshing value. Hotels, restaurants, taxis are all very reasonable in price. I was concerned about safety, but honestly I felt safe most of the time. Having my purse lifted off my chair from a tiny older woman is humbling!

  • Booking details?

    Booked directly with the hotels and the airline (Avianca). Avianca air had a bidding system just before our flight where I could put a bid on what price I would pay for a business class upgrade. I believe I "won" the bid at $225. For an overnight flight that had seats that reclined to a bed was so worth it.

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