Hear about travel to Cartagena and Northern Colombia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Inge from DestinationExplorer.world about this South American country that her family fell in love with.
Why should you go to Colombia?
Inge says, “I think first of all, if you are a nature lover, you should go to Colombia because it’s amazing nature you will find there. It’s still quite authentic. You have amazing wildlife. If you like bird watching it’s the country to go to. You have mountains, beaches, desert, jungle.”
“And if you are a city lover, there are also big cities. I think the people are amazingly friendly. My daughter lived with the local people, which we visited when we went to Colombia. And it was such warm hospitality. I never felt it before. Then the colorful culture. I like dancing. They have a lot of music there. They’re dancing from the morning till the evening.”
“Then the coffee. If you’re a coffee lover, you should also go there.”
“Many are concerned about the safety of the country. That was the question everyone asked me, oh, your daughter is going to stay in Colombia. Is it safe? But I can tell you it is as long as you go to the right places there. There are some places you better not go into. But we never felt uncomfortable. We always felt safe everywhere we went. In the past Colombia wasn’t as safe as it is today.”
Our adventure begins in the enchanting city of Cartagena, where you’ll be captivated by the colonial charm and Caribbean vibes. This is a tropical city on the northern shore of the country. It will be colorful and it will be hot.
Start your exploration in the heart of Cartagena’s historic district, Barrio Getsemani. Stroll through its colorful streets or take a walking tour. immerse yourself in the local atmosphere. Inge guides us to rooftop restaurants where we can enjoy sunsets and cold drinks. Don’t miss Plaza de la Trinidad, a lively square where locals and travelers gather to enjoy music, street performances, and vibrant nightlife.
Visit Parque del Centenario, a picturesque centennial park that offers a peaceful escape from the bustling city. If you ask a local they can help you find the sloths in the park.
For breathtaking sunset views, head to Cafe del Mar Cartagena, a renowned rooftop bar overlooking the Caribbean Sea. If you’re interested in history, visit the imposing Castle San Felipe de Barajas, a fortress that played a crucial role in protecting the city from invaders.
After immersing yourself in the charm of Cartagena, venture towards Santa Marta on your way, make a stop at Minca, a picturesque mountain village surrounded by lush vegetation. Explore Pozo Azul, a series of natural pools and cascades where you can cool off and enjoy the beauty of the jungle.
Discover the rich flavors of Colombian coffee on a coffee tour, where you’ll learn about the coffee-making process and savor the finest brews. For a unique stay, consider El Paraiso de Tuki B&B Cafe y Cacao Farm, where you can immerse yourself in the world of cocoa and experience the authentic charm of a working farm.
Continue your journey to the renowned Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, a paradise of pristine beaches and dense jungles. Stay at Senda Koguiwa or Senda Watapuy, idyllic hotels nestled in the heart of nature, where you can relax and unwind. Explore the wonders of Tayrona National Park, including its hikes, beaches, and wildlife. You will see monkeys… you might see a jaguar or a crocodile.
When you are in Cartagena, people will try and sell you a tour of Playa Blanca or the Rosario Islands but Inge says if you are looking for the Colombian paradise island that they are selling you should visit San Andrés instead.
Colombia is a destination that offers a diverse range of experiences, from historical wonders to natural marvels. Prepare for an unforgettable journey filled with warm hospitality, warm weather, and a rich cultural heritage.
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Di Silvio Trattoria Getsemani (Cartagena)
Buena Vida Seafood and Rooftop (Cartagena)
Plaza de la Trinidad (Cartagena)
Parque del Centenario (Centennial Park), Cartagena
Cafe del Mar Cartagena
Castle San Felipe de Barajas
Bocagrande Beach (Cartagena)
Carpe Diem Coffee Tour
El Paraiso de Tuki B&B Cafe y Cacao Farm
Finca Carpe Diem Cacao farm
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Senda Koguiwa (hotel near Tayrona)
Senda Watapuy (hotel near Tayrona)
Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia – ¡Conócelos, valóralos, protégelos!
Cabo San Juan del Guia (Tayrona National Park)
Playa Arrecife (Tayrona National Park)
Playa Arenilla (Tayrona National Park)
La Piscina Beach (Tayrona National Park)
Cabo San Juan Tayrona – Santa Marta
Islas de Rosario
Patacones (Fried Green Plantains)
Lulo (Solanum quitoense)
The Lebrija Pineapple
Minca: 5 fun things to do in the jungle
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