Colombia: before you go

By | 2019-11-17T21:41:53+01:00 November 17th, 2019|

Currency The current rate (17 November 2019) of COP (Colombian peso) is: 1 EUR = 3810 COP, 1 USD = 3447 COP. 1 Colombian peso = 100 centavo The symbol for COP is $, what looks very similar (or identical?) to the USD’s sign $. Some taxi scammers use this similarity to trick unexperienced tourists, so be careful when paying [...]

Colombia: Paramo de Oceta from Mongui

By | 2019-11-10T22:39:05+01:00 November 10th, 2019|

Paramo de Oceta Our fellow travelers recommended us to visit Mongui and from there to hike the Paramo de Oceta, which is declared to be one of the most beautiful hikes in the world. We booked our trip with Mongui Travels ( two days in advance. The trip costs 40000 peso pp, and for 35000 peso per group [...]

Colombia: Villa de Leyva

By | 2019-11-10T21:52:18+01:00 November 10th, 2019|

Villa de Leyva Next on our Colombian route was Villa de Leyva, a town which became very touristy as over the last 400 years it has preserved much of its original colonial style and architecture: the streets and large central square (Plaza Mayor) are paved with cobblestones, and many buildings date from the sixteenth century. Villa de Leyva’s [...]

Colombia: Salento and Cocora Valley

By | 2019-11-09T14:01:13+01:00 November 9th, 2019|

Salento To get from Manizales to Salento, you will most probably have to take two buses, from Manizales to Pereira (around 11500 peso pp) or Armenia and then from Pereira to Salento (around 8000 peso pp). As usual, I would strongly recommend you to check the timelines at least the day before and plan your trip accordingly. [...]

Colombia: Manizales

By | 2019-10-27T14:48:34+01:00 October 27th, 2019|

Getting to Manizales from Jardín  The next stop on our trip to Salento should have been Manizales. Unfortunately, we realized that there was only one direct bus to Manizales from Jardín which leaves at 6:20 in the morning and costs 40000 peso pp. We preferred to stay in Jardin for half a day more (otherwise we hadn’t had [...]

Colombia: Guatapé and La Piedra

By | 2019-10-27T13:03:46+01:00 October 27th, 2019|

Guatapé is a great idea for a day-trip from Medellin. Buses run every 30 minutes from Medellin to Guatapé from the Terminal del Norte (to get there by taxi costs about 9000 peso). You can choose between two bus services, Sotrasanvicente (counter 14) or Sotrapeñol (counter 9). A one-way ticket costs about 15000 peso pp. La Piedra de [...]

Colombia: Medellin

By | 2019-10-26T13:46:26+01:00 October 26th, 2019|

Medellin We have flown from Santa Marta to Medellin with Viva Columbia. Be careful with checking your luggage allowance: your hand luggage has to be of a limited size and about 8 kg.  From the Medellin airport a bus to the city costs 10000 peso pp and takes about 1 hour. Before the trip, I didn’t [...]

Colombia: Minca

By | 2019-10-26T12:14:04+01:00 October 26th, 2019|

Minca At our hostel at Costeño Beach we made a deal that although we didn’t spend another night there, we were allowed to use the facilities and take a shower, which was a blessing after the exhausting hike. Then, we headed to Minca. A taxi from Santa Marta to Minca costs 40000 peso (the first two drivers wanted [...]

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