Basic overview - Colombia - Andy's Travelogues

Basic overview - Colombia

A few things you should know about Colombia


Did you know that Colombia is the only country in South America that has coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea? It is also one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, with over 50,000 species of plants and animals. Colombia is famous for its coffee, flowers, emeralds, and music.

Colombia Travels

Language: Spanish

Money: Colombian Peso (COP), 10,000 Pesos is approximately 80 CZK. I have mBank and I haven’t found a single ATM in Colombia where I don’t have to pay the 10,000 Pesos fee.

The capital city of Bogota has a population of approximately 8 million.

Colombia’s total population is approximately 47 million.

Length of stay: 40 days between late November 2016 and early January 2017

Detailed information about weather, outlets, mobile operators, price differences between Colombia and the Czech Republic, beer prices, etc. can be found here: TheBasetrip

Destinations visited:

  • Bogota, big city, dangerous (11 days, just 5)
  • Medellín, big city, moderately dangerous (6 days)
  • Guatape, supposedly the most colorful village in the world, safe (3 days, 4 -5 days would definitely be better )
  • Cartagena, larger city by the sea with ugly beaches and a beautiful historic center, where it’s relatively safe (5 days, 3 is enough)
  • Santa Marta, a town by the sea, relatively safe (1 day)
  • Minca – a village in the mountains, great for hiking and bird and nature watching, absolutely safe (4 days, 5-6 would be better)
  • Taganga– fishing village in a bay, good for snorkeling, relatively safe (11 days, 1 month would be better)

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Kolumbie Guatape - Andyho Cestopisy

Colombia Chapter 3

From Medellín I move to Guatape, supposedly the most colourful village in the world. I buy a ticket at the main station in Medellín and look for a bus.

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Basic overview - Colombia 2

Colombia Chapter 4

Cartagena is a historic and very popular city with tourists and travellers alike. This brings with it a lot of positives and negatives and a lot depends on what part of the city you are... and I wasn't exactly in the right one.

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Basic overview - Colombia 3

Colombia Chapter 5

Wheel of Fortune, MANgirls, parties at hostels and finally the only positive thing about Santa Marta was meeting Alfredo. Santa Marta isn't really my thing...

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Kolumbie Minca

Colombia Chapter 6

Coin The second day after the luck in the wheel of fortune, I leave Saint Martha and move 650 m higher. It only takes half an hour by van. I find myself in the jungle and I have a view of the whole of Santa Marta, the sea, the forests...

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Kolumbie - národní přírodní park Taragona

Colombia Chapter 7

Christmas and the end of the year are approaching and I discover the charm of the fishing village of Taganga. I experience soccer on the beach with natives and the Colombian triangle.

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Kolumbie letadlo

Colombia Chapter 8

I spent my last days in Colombia back in Bogotá, where I still managed to meet some interesting people and take a guided tour of the city.

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