We barely made it to Colombia this year. There was a 62 page leave packet submitted, terrible airline problems (I'm looking at you Spirit Airlines) and serious parental dislike in our destination choice. We made it though and we managed to return without being kidnapped, drugged or attacked in any way. Lucky us, right?
Colombia has a bad reputation but seriously, it was almost 30 years ago! Of course they have their problems still, but I highly endorse vacationing in this magnificent country. It is too large to explore everywhere so just start with the touristy cities and I promise you will not be disappointed.
Cartagena was our first stop and was incredible. Safe, beautiful, diverse and cheap! Cheap if you are making USDollar pay. We ate 3 course meals with a bottle of wine and paid $30 USD for both of us. The food is delicious, fresh and so flavorful. Bonus, neither of us returned with any stomach problems.
|Cartagena from La Popa|
|La Popa Monastery|
|Old Town Cartagena|
|Entrance to Old Town|
|A day at La Playa Blanca|
|Pargo Rojo with coconut rice on the beach|
|The top photo is from this year at the pool, the bottom photo is 7 years ago on our first vacation to Mexico|
|Arepas, empanadas, queso and more on the La Mesa food tour|
|Medellín from the cable cars|
|Typical lunch. Let me tell you about these avocados!!!|
It's hard to say what my favorite part was, but I really enjoyed Bogotá. It may have been due to my lower expectations and initial fears. Then when we realized we weren't going to have any problems, it may have made this experience better than we imagined. Either way, this adventure was incredible and I am so glad we were able to go.
|Bogotá from Monserrate|
|Graffiti in the city|
|Me & Corey on the mountain|
|New Years Eve on the small cities tour|