For 7,000 pesos, we were picked up from Renacer and driven to the bus station to grab a minibus back to Tunja, or so we thought. We were, however, convinced by the driver to take a minibus to Arcabuco because it was closer to San Gil, and allegedly faster (at 4 hours). That it was […]
En route from Salento to Villa de Leyva we stopped in Bogotá for the night. Bogotá is crazy, hectic, and huge — a typical massive city with commercial products and a slew of places to eat. We stayed with the lovely Luisa and her just-as-lovely mother, ate fantastic food, and wandered a bit of Bogotá before […]
Following Valle de Cocora, we went to Don Elias Coffee Plantation, run by Elias, the cutest old man in the world. For 6,000 pesos, we had a tour of the coffee plantation. The guide spoke very quickly in Spanish, but he was relatively easy to understand. 5FT Tip: I recommend going with a friend who […]
From Medellín, take a bus from Terminal Sur to Armenia for 41,000 pesos. Once in Armenia, take a minibus to Salento for 4,000 pesos; it takes about 45 minutes. If you’re headed to Salento, you absolutely must stay at La Serrana – my favorite hostel/campsite in Colombia. I mean, look at the view outside my […]
If you’re going to Medellín, you absolutely have to factor in time for a day trip to Guatapé and Piedra del Peñol. We had initially planned to do this day trip on our own but, when we calculated costs, we realized that it’d be most cost and time efficient to go with Tours Guatapé; we […]
From Parque Tayrona, we went back to El Rodadero and caught an overnight bus to Medellin with Brasilia. The bus company was fantastic – very roomy, good wifi, spotless. 5FT Tip: Bring a blanket and wear warm clothes, that bus is COLD! Medellin is a big, bustling city with a number of quality places to […]
To get from Cartagena to Parque Tayrona, we took the Marsol van – a direct minibus service, for 42,000 pesos, to El Rodadero. Most people stay in Santa Marta as it is the gateway city to Parque Tayrona, but Carroll’s Hostel in El Rodadero was only $7 USD and a total catch. The hostel was […]
After three nights of being lulled to sleep by the rocking waves, I woke up to see our first bit of land – Colombia! To see Cartagena in the distance was exciting, albeit a bit saddening because it meant that our fabulous trip on board the Santana was coming to a close. An hour and […]
Installment #5: NEW YEAR’S EVE. RIO DE JANEIRO, BRASIL From Christ the Redeemer to Sugar Loaf to ringing in the New Year on Copacabana with fabulous new friends, Rio de Janeiro definitely didn’t disappoint – despite being 114 (46) degrees. FELIZ ANO NOVO!
Installment #3: Our grueling Patagonia trek through Parque Nacional Torres del Paine and up the French Valley, sea kayaking amongst icebergs in glacial waters, and ice climbing on Glacier Grey. Quite a fabulous (and exhausting) father-daughter trip indeed!