The Ultimate Guide to Backpacking Colombia

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Twenty years ago, few would dare to venture into Colombia without good reason – very good reason. Even fewer would consider it a holiday destination. Even a decade ago it seemed only the brave ventured within its borders. Now, things are changing – and fast. With arms wide open, in less than ten years, Colombia has quickly risen to one of the top travel destinations on earth. Now more than ever before is the time to put this stunning nation …

How to Save Money [for Travel]

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A question we’re regularly asked: how did we save up the money for a journey like this? It certainly didn’t come easy, or without sacrifice, but it wasn’t nearly as difficult as some imagine. First of all, we worked. Often jobs we didn’t like and often for long hours. When things began to become mentally straining, we simply reminded ourselves of the long-term goal. While this never really made working outside in -30 bearable, it did help to pacify the …

Orange buildings at sunset in Bogota, Colombia

How to spend One Day in Bogota

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Alright, so you’ve arrived in Bogota. Perhaps this is the beginning of your Colombian adventure and have just flown in or are passing through and have a layover in Bogota. Maybe this leg of your journey is coming to an end and you’ve just taken the night bus from Salento. Whatever your reason for coming, even if it’s only to spend one day in Bogota, give yourself a pat on the back – it was a great idea! We visited …

Medellin Colombia Street art on a wall

Our Favourite Things to do in Medellin

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Medellin is an outstanding city. One of the best we’ve ever visited in over ten years of travel. From the delicious food to parks and literal high-flying activities; there are so many great things to do in Medellin – It’s one of the reasons we so quickly fell in love with the city. We’ve put together a list of our favourite activities for anyone visiting this great city; whether you’re a short-term traveller stopping by for a few days or …

Blue Jeep parked in a town square in front of a church.

How to get from Salento to Bogota, Colombia

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Nearing the end of our incredible time in Colombia, we had one final destination to reach: Bogota. Although the journey itself was ultimately rather simple, figuring the path took some research. Given Salento’s popularity with visitors and it’s proximity to Bogota, we were quite surprised at the lack of information. We found dozens of posts on bus routes coming towards us, just nothing explaining how to actually get from Salento to Bogota. Although common sense suggests simply following one of …

How to Get to Guatape from Medellin

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My lungs burned and I was far too sweaty for this early in the morning. I should have eaten more than a bunuelo for breakfast. 475… Only 200 more steps to go. Aside from the realization that I’ve become incredibly out of shape over the passed two months, the view from up here is stunning. The colourful town of Guatape is a tiny scattering of buildings in the distance. 500… If you’re just looking for information on how to get …

Free Things to do in Medellin, Colombia

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Maybe you’ve arrived in Medellin at the end of your trip, money is running out. Perhaps you’ve spent a little more on beer or the amazing food in Colombia and your budget is tighter than you planned. Whatever the reason, just because you’re looking to pinch pennies during your visit doesn’t mean you need to lock yourself in your dorm room. We’ve put together a quick list of the eight best free things to do in Medellin (or almost free …

Man sits by a lake with two volcanoes in the background at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Reflecting on Five Months Central America

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It’s such a tiny area. The entirety of Central America – including the regions of Mexico we visited – could fit within the country of France. Yet every country is different than the next, each one having its own distinct culture. In Guatemala for example, the Mayan roots are very obvious; from physical features to traditional clothing and general way of life. While right next door in El Salvador, due to several tragic moments in recent history, the Mayan culture …

Hostel Etiquette: Shared Kitchen

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Here’s a topic we’re both very passionate about, not only because as chefs we love to cook, but for the very same reason, we despise it when people disrespect the shared kitchen. It doesn’t matter if you’re using a shared kitchen in a large hostel, or a small AirBnb with only a few other guests. The kitchen is everyones, and should be respected as such. One time in Oaxaca, a couple of younger guests were sharing the kitchen with us, …