“Learning Spanish will change your life.”
These are the words a friend of mine once told me while we were going on a walk through the historic La Candelaria district in Bogota, Colombia.
His argument was that speaking Spanish would truly change my life.
That knowing Spanish will change where I want to vacation, where I want to live, and with whom I want to have relations.Read More »
Top 6 Things to Do in Colombia – Caribbean Coast Edition
Cartagena is truly one of the world’s most beautiful colonial cities. The fortified city was used to fight off the Spaniards and gain independence for the new world country of Gran Colombia (what used to be Ecuador, Venezuela, Panama, northern Peru, the northwest of Brazil and Colombia.) It’s colonial architecture is enchanting, and has been the backdrop to many stories, including Gabriel Garcias Marquez famous Love in the Time of Cholera. It’s a beautiful city, with a grand history. Definitely worth checking out – just be prepared for the heat.Read More »
Top 5 Reasons for Mountain Biking Colombia
5. When it’s winter at home, it’s perfect weather in Colombia.
You can always find perfect weather in Colombia. It may be rainy season in one part of the country, but there will be perfect conditions somewhere due to the amazing and varied ecosystems in the country.Read More »
Ciudad Perdida is Colombia’s most famous hike, and rightfully so.
The four day jungle trek which brings you from Colombian civilization, through Kogi villages, across pristine rivers, and finally to the soaring views of Colombia’s lost city is a truly remarkable experience.
My trip to Ciudad Perdida began by happenstance.Read More »
Mountain biking in Colombia isn’t always like it is back home in Canada.
First of all, we don’t have trails in Canada that end at the Caribbean.
Secondly, I have yet to find a mountain bike trail in Canada that has 2000m of decent.Read More »
Mountain biking Colombia ‘s newest trail, The Darkside, last week with my friends from Elemento Outdoor was a true mountain biker’s dream.Read More »
Christmas in Colombia is a big deal. It’s celebrated the entire month of December, not just on the night of the 24th and the 25th. There are enough lights in every town square to turn the night into day. Every night in December you can hear fireworks going off in anticipation of the arrival of baby Jesus, peaking at the strike of midnight on the 24th. It’s a fun atmosphere. They truly raise the stakes on ‘Christmas Spirit.’
This year I am spending Christmas in Argentina. In all honesty, I don’t like it. It feels less like Christmas than any previous year. I’ve spent Christmas away before, but this time is different. It’s different for many reasons. One of those reasons being, because Christmas is celebrated so differently here.Read More »
The mountain biking in Colombia is in its infancy. Especially in the Sierra Nevadas where Scotsman Tom Wilkinson has started Elemento Outdoor, a mountain biking tour company. Tom wants to change all of this, however. He sees huge opportunity in the sun kissed green hills above Santa Marta, Colombia. These hills, just ten short years ago, were controlled by paramilitary groups, and were a ‘no-go zone’ for tourists and locals alike. They left, however, a series of trails that are perfect for mountain biking.Read More »
Cocaine, murders, coffee, FARC, and Pablo Escobar. Say “Colombia”, and this is what comes to many people’s mind. Gauchos, Patagonia, tango, malbec, and Evita. These are the stereotypes of Argentina.
Two Latin American countries. Two very different images in the minds of the outside world. But what is the reality? Are these merely stereotypes?