#67 Colombia

7 days in Colombia

Itinerary
Bogota (2 days) – Stayed at Hotel Simon. Visited Zipaquira Salt Cathedral. Ate at Andres DC which was in a mall but had live salsa band
Medellin (3 days) – Stayed at Happy Buddha Hostel. Learned Salsa Dancing, Parque Arvi (National Park), Metocable Car, Local Salsa Bar, Paragliding, Local Farmer’s Market (lunch) , Futbol/Soccer Match
Cartagena (4 days) – Stayed at El Viejero Hostel, Walking Tour, Playa Y Blanco Beach, Chivas Bus Tour, Castillo San Felipe de Barajas (Tour of Fort). Food/Drinks: El Bistro, Cafe Del Mar, Donde Fidel Bar area (Tamarind and coconut sweets), La Mutatta, Carmen Restaurant, street food

Details:

Stayed in Bogota for 2 days (really 1 and a half days). We were deciding taking the metrocable up to the mountains to get a view of the city and walk around the top or take a taxi over to the Zipaquira where the Salt Cathedral was. We made the better choice in the Salt Cathedral as that was a unique experience. We paid a taxi driver COP 200,000 ($66) to drive us from Hotel Simon with our bags to the Salt Cathedral (1 hour drive) and afterwards to the airport. The Salt Cathedral was built underground in a Salt Mine. 127 sculptures created the cathedral. It’s a unique experience

Largest underground Cross in the world

We actually caught a bike race that was going on in the area

 

So fast

So fast

And our driver took us to a place that had meat roasting outside. A bit of a tourist trap but the food was good

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We took a cheap COP 110,000 ($36) flight via Viva Colombia to go from Bogota to Medellin. You have to print out your boarding pass 72 hours before your flight, there are no assigned seats, or free beverages, but the ride was comfortable and it was a new Airbus A320 style plane.

Our hostel was the Happy Buddha which was a boutique type hostel. There were pool tables and the rooms and bathroom felt modern and were very clean, there was turn down service every day. The large bar area served as a pre-game location for nearby travelers to start at the Happy Buddha and then move on elsewhere. Highly recommended hostel to make new friends. Our first day we took a trip to Parque Arvi (National park) which included riding the Metro Cable Car which provided great views of the city as it climbed up the mountain. You will pass the Droque Communa 13 area near the top which has a great grafitti tour.

Metro Cable Car. It cost less than a $1

Metro Cable Car. It cost less than a $1

At the top of the mountain there will be some street vendors selling empandas, juices and water. Parque Arvi itself was a bit boring and you don’t see much. We had a Spanish tour guide and most of the accessible area is via pedestrian streets. You don’t feel like your walking into a untouched national forest. I would not do this again

There was a local beer brewery we wanted to take a tour of called 3 Cordilleras but they only offer the tour on Thursdays! We learned this the hard way.