Hello again! I’ve just returned from what turned out to be an incredible trip to Colombia. Now before you start imagining drug gangs and kidnappings, let me put your mind at ease. (Although, I’ll admit, I imagined those things too.) Colombia was such a gorgeous country full of stunning scenery, kind and helpful people and just an amazing diversity of settings. I only spent eight days exploring the northern Caribbean coast — from Cartagena all the way to the tippy top of South America — but I left dreaming of one day seeing more.
For the purpose of sharing my experiences and encouraging you all to visit this amazing country, here are just some of the highlights. In order of appearance …
Cartagena: A beautiful, vibrant and bustling colonial city contained within castle-like walls.
Santa Marta: While there’s less area to explore than in Cartagena, the teeny touristy area still feels relatively undiscovered by the masses and even more charming (don’t let the crowded beach fool you).
Taganga: Arriving in Taganga feels like stepping into a Cirque du Soleil performance. Hippy backpacker types abound, but the whole scene feels somehow intriguingly mysterious.
Parque Tayrona: The small part that I saw seemed like a great way to “rough it” with a little bit of comfort intact.
La Guajira: Words (and photos) can’t describe this magical place. You have to experience it for yourself. It’s not easy to get to, but believe me, it’s SO worth it.
Did you buy your plane ticket yet?