Minca is a small town up in the mountains of North Colombia and just forty five minutes from Santa Marta city. There are lots of hikes and waterfalls in the area but we headed to La Candelaria, a coffee and chocolate farm. It’s a bit of a mission to get to, a 4WD (or moto-taxi if you’re brave!) for about twenty minutes on a very steep bumpy road and then a sweaty fifteen minute walk uphill to the Finca. Continue reading
Guatapé is just a short 2 hour bus from Medellín, a small town in the countryside famous for a giant rock, beautiful lake and houses decorated with zocalos. Continue reading
Medellín is an example of progress. It has gone from being the most dangerous city in the world in the late 80s-90s at the height of the drug cartel’s reign of terror and subsequent paramilitary takeover, to being crowned the world’s most innovative city in 2012. Continue reading
Salento is the dream. A cute colourful town, cobblestone streets, with a pretty plaza and bars filled with cowboys, situated right in the middle of Colombia’s coffee region. We fell in love as soon as we got there and by the end of our stay it was one of our favourite places in South America.
We don’t think we really gave Bogota enough time, after a 17 hour delay on our 6 hour flight from Chile, we wanted to get away from the city and into the countryside. We were staying in La Candelaria which is the gritty historical centre, famous for its street art. Continue reading
Easter Island remains a mystery. Officially part of Chile and over 2000 km from its nearest neighbour, this remote island still holds the secrets of a lost civilisation, covered in hundreds of Moai statues and the ruins of a village perched on a volcano crater that was home to a strange ancient ritual. Continue reading
San Pedro De Atacama is a dusty little town in Chile’s Atacama desert. After 3 freezing days at super high altitude, the lower elevation and warmer weather were a welcome relief. Continue reading