Photo Friday – Paragliding in Colombia

This week’s Photo Friday is a Go Pro shot of me tandem paragliding over Bucaramanga in Colombia. You can visit my personal blog to read all about the experience. What’s the coolest extreme sport you’ve ever tried? If you have a great photo from South America, send it to info@backpacksouthamerica.co.uk to see…

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Photo Friday – Chess in Cartagena

Today’s Photo Friday comes from Cartagena, which was one of my favourite cities in Colombia. Around the old town, the city’s Museum of Modern Art had installed statues which captured typical Cartagena life, including fruit sellers and rubbish men. My favourite were these two men enthralled in their game of chess,…

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YQA – Is Colombia Safe?

Your Questions Answered: Melody got in touch to ask “Is Colombia Safe?” and we gave her a pretty long answer – with crime figures and official government advice, plus input from fellow travellers based on real-life experiences.

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YQA: Hostel Recommendations for Bogota, Colombia

Your Questions Answered is a new feature on Backpack South America which aims to answer specific questions from fellow travellers, with as much detail as possible. Read more about this feature here and get in touch if you have your own question – we have a team of South America…

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Destination Guide – Bogotá For Every Budget

Colombia has been getting a lot of attention lately in the travel sphere, popping up on numerous must visit lists for next year and even being named as one of Afar magazine’s most provocative destinations for 2015. With it’s incredible people, ridiculously impressive scenery and stunning coastline, Colombia makes a fantastic destination…

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Photo Friday – Cartagena Street Art

Today’s Photo Friday is a shot of some cool graffiti I spotted in Cartagena, Colombia. I like to think it’s a comment on all the tourists who blindly shuffle through the city, camera-first, without really seeing or experiencing anything. That’s exactly what I saw so many tourists doing, especially large tour…

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Learning Spanish in South America: Colombia

This is the second post in my new series on learning Spanish in South America – the first was all about learning in Argentina. If you’re travelling long term in South America, learning a little Spanish really will be invaluable: in many South American countries, even in the big cities…

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Photo Friday – Salento

This week, my Photo Friday comes from the incredible Valle de Cocora in Salento, my favourite stop in Colombia. The scenery was a bizarre contrast between English countryside and a Caribbean coastline, with fields of cows, rolling green hills and valleys, and these towering, spindly palm trees lost in the…

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Hostel Review: Mama Waldy

Mama Waldy, Getsemani, Cartagena (Colombia) First the good news: the hostel is conveniently located in the heart of Getsemani, a cool area of Cartagena that is undergoing constant restoration, where you can meet many locals and other fellow travellers. This is about the only positive thing I can think of…

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How To Get from Colombia to Peru on the Amazon

Most people travelling overland from Colombia will probably take the very long-winded bus route into Ecuador, and travel into Peru from there. But for those looking for something a bit more adventurous, or who simply want to head straight into Peru, there is another option. It is possible to sail from…

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