Four Main Attractions and Activities in Medellin, Colombia

things to do in Medellin Colombia

We love Medellín! 15 years ago this wonderful city in South America was one of the most dangerous in the world. Today it is probably one of the most fascinating cities we have ever visited. Old crime scenes have now been redeveloped with libraries and parks, and innovative public transit…

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How to Travel From Panama to Colombia

how to travel from panama to colombia

Steph from Big World Small Pockets shares her extensive research into the difficult question of how to travel from Panama to Colombia – giving five options to avoid the dangerous Darian Gap…

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Your Questions Answered – 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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Study Spanish in South America: Learning Spanish in 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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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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