Cartagena is a gorgeous, well preserved colonial city right on the Caribbean Sea. While it has beautiful architecture, interesting history, and really delicious food, despite being on the sea, it lacks a proper Caribbean beach! Surprising to many, the idyllic Caribbean beaches are an hour away by car or boat. Plan accordingly if you are … Continue reading Where is the beach in Cartagena?! Try Isla del Encanto
When you think “wine vacation,” Colombia, not surprisingly, probably doesn’t come to mind. South America has some world-class vineyards in Argentina and Chile, but Colombia has never made those those lists. Nevertheless, Colombia boasts two (maybe three…still waiting for confirmation that the third one is working), wineries that, while not top-of-the-line producers, are decent and very interesting to visit, especially for the wine enthusiast. Colombian … Continue reading Colombian Wine: A Visit to the Gorgeous Marqués de Villa de Leyva Vineyards & Winery
La Tabula, Bogotá. Ravely reviewed by Anthony Bourdain and seemingly adorable, I made a reservation here for our first night in Bogotá before we even left! Side note - the reservation was easily made by email and probably not necessary for two people. La Tabula is a nice restaurant in a fabulous building, but take a … Continue reading Restaurant Review: La Tabula, Bogotá
Cartagena’s Rafael Núñez airport is a small airport about 15 minutes out of El Centro (Old Town Cartagena). Since its so close to town and so small, a lot of people probably arrive far too early for their flight. We did, but luckily found the Sala VIP in the International Terminal to waste away the … Continue reading Lounge Review: Sala VIP, Cartagena Rafael Núñez International Terminal
One of my favorite days in Bogotá (and Colombia as a whole!) was the afternoon that I spent at the Usaquén street market a/k/a the Mercado de las Pulgas de Usaquén! If you visit Bogotá and like to shop and eat, you absolutely must visit this market! What Is the Usaquén Market? The Usaquén Market … Continue reading Usaquen Market – A Shopper’s & Foodie’s Dream in Bogota!
Bogotá, Colombia. The city doesn’t exactly evoke the excitement of other South American capitals, such as Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo or Santiago. In contrast, and unfortunately, most people associate Bogotá with the drug trade that plagued Colombia for years and imagine the city to be terribly dangerous. I visited Bogotá in February 2016 and I can tell … Continue reading What To Do In Bogota, Colombia!
Street food is incredibly popular in the Colombian cities of Bogota and Cartagena (and probably others that I haven’t visited...) but it can be rather intimidating to try as a visitor, especially if you don’t speak Spanish (like me!). A good way to try the street food without feeling intimidated is to sign up for a … Continue reading Eating my way through the streets of Cartagena
I visited Bogota, Villa de Levya, Cartagena and Islas del Encanto last month and loved every minute of it! Colombia is a fabulous country and an easy vacation destination from the U.S. Located on the Caribbean Sea, Cartagena is one of the MOST popular destinations in Colombia. Here are 10 things that first-time visitors should know before visiting … Continue reading 10 Tips For First Time Visitors To Cartagena, Colombia