Captivating Cartagena

When I first set eyes on Cartagena the vibrant colourful buildings and hot tropical air first captured my senses. This was one of the most beautiful places I had ever visited and I was instantly smitten. Walking around Cartagena and its historic streets is a must for any visitor to Colombia. The old houses with…

Meeting the Locals in Medellin

Santiago is 17 years old and taking me on a tour of his neighbourhood in Medellin. St Javier or Comuna 13 was once the most dangerous district in Medellin where violence was the norm and no tourist in their right mind would visit. 10 per cent of all murders took place here and the area…

Coffee Picking in Colombia

“There is only one way to ride these jeeps,” said my guide,” and that’s standing up!” How could I resist an offer like that- and so the journey to the coffee plantation commenced. It was a misty morning as I left Salento in the centre of Colombia’s coffee producing region. The jeep raced up and…

Gold and Grafitti

Bogota felt like an immense treasure trove of history and culture just waiting to be explored. After all this is the land of El Dorado.The Gold Museum is perhaps one of the city’s most famous attractions. With over 34,000 pieces of history relating to gold in Colombia this is one of the world’s greatest museums…