Category Archives: Colombia

Bogota

One more night in Bogota on our return from Pereira.  This time we stayed in the North of the city in the upscale area in the Cite Hotel.

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Zona Cafeteria

We stayed on a coffee ‘finca’ or farm for 2 nights in the Zona Cafetera.  Pereira is in an active seismic zone and last big earthquake was in 1999. We flew from Medellin to Pereira with Aires.  Mr Jaramillo collected … Continue reading

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Santa Fe de Antioquia

Founded as a gold mining town by Mariscal Robledo in 1541 and 78km from Medellin. We stayed at an old colonial mansion, the Hotel Mariscal Robledo.  The pool was gorgeous with views over a valley and the weather was just … Continue reading

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Guatape

Guatape is in Antioquia county and is a popular weekend excursion from Medellin. It’s beside a man-made lake but its main claim to fame is it’s architectural feature – zocalos. The lower half of the houses are painted in bright … Continue reading

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Medellin

Medellin is at 1487m so its climate is very temperate thus its nickname of “city of eternal spring”. The narco-trafficker Pablo Escobar is mostly associated with the city but since his death, the city is now cleaned up and safe … Continue reading

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Cartagena

Founded in 1533 and declared its independence from Spain in 1811. We stayed within the old walled city at Hotel Casa del Curato. The hotel was right around the corner from the very expensive Santa Clara hotel which was a … Continue reading

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Bogota

We flew from Los Angeles to Bogotá direct with Avianca and arrived after a 7 hour flight in the evening.  After an hour of queuing for immigration, we hit another queue to have our bags checked and x-rayed before getting … Continue reading

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