South America

Santa Marta, Colombia: beaches and scuba diving 

Santa Marta is a town east of Cartagena still along the beach. It took just under 5 hours from Cartagena in a mini van through Barranquilla. Once I arrived, it was late but I managed to find my hostel using map.me. My hostel wasn’t in the centre but to be honest,…
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La Boquilla beach, Cartagena

La Boquilla beach is situated about 5km east of the historical centre in Cartagena. It’s easy to get there, see Cartagena’s historical centre and transport, Colombia. It takes around 15 minutes but definitely worth the effort because in my opinion, it’s one of the best beaches in Cartegena. I was…
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Cartagena’s historical centre and transport, Colombia

Cartagena is a small city on the Caribbean Coast of Colombia, with a beautiful historic centre and beaches. It was founded in the 16th century, where there are cobbled streets, the wall ruins and colonial buildings. It is a very popular tourist destination for both Colombians and foreigners. After a…
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Tranquil evening in the historic centre of Cartegena 

Arriving in Cartegena meant that I got to watch the beautiful sunset, overlooking the ocean. The friends that I was staying with from my teaching programme, lives in La Boquilla, literally on the beach, which was an absolute treat. There were also two others visiting my friend from London so…
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Travelling on a budget: General tips about Transport

Most backpackers want to travel on a budget and make their money last as long as possible so they can do and see as much as they can. However, it is easy to spend more money than planned, go over budget and end up either cutting their trip short or…
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Guatape, Antioquia: a slight disaster

Guatape is a village east of Medellin in Colombia. It is a very popular place to go among tourists and locals because of its beauty and unique, colourful houses. Unfortunately, my day trip to Guatape was a slight disaster. I had a week off work for Semana Santa (Easter) so…
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Pereira, Colombia: coffee and relaxing

Pereira is another city in the coffee region, not as big as Armenia but still a decent size. It kind of feels more warm and homely, and reminded a lot of my hometown, Brighton. When one asks a Colombian about Pereira, the first thing they will say is there’s a lot…
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Armenia, Colombia: coffee tour in Buenasvista

It was time to travel as I had a week off teaching as it was Semana Santa: basically Easter week. After different discussions with friends around the country, we decided to do the coffee region plus Medellin, which is my current home town. Our first stop was Armenia, a city…
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