Colombia Travel Forum
I need vacation tips for Medellin. Advice please.
January 31, 2018
My goal each year is to travel at least one foreign city or country. This year I’m making plans to visit Medellin. A friend who went to a romance singles tour there suggested it. He’s given me a couple of tips here and there, but I need more details from experienced people, or even some locals.
I haven’t reserved or booked anything yet. So, I’ll be needing tips for that too. Where do I get the cheapest yet okay accommodation, with airport transfers preferably. Another thing is that I also need suggestions for the places to see. Should I get a guide?
I’ve been to Cancun, Cuba, and the Bahamas the previous years so I’ve learned a couple of Spanish/Portuguese words already. I need more tips for my vacation plans. Thanks ahead for your replies.
Visiting Barranquilla. How to get internet?
January 28, 2018
I just retired from my job and now I’m planning on spending a part of my retirement money for travel and relaxation. My first destination is Barranquilla, Colombia. My friend joined a romance singles tour there before and suggested the place so I trusted his judgement and booked a flight. I’ll be staying there for a month. It’s going to be a long time so I need a decent internet connection to keep up with everything that’s going on back home. I also need it to continue checking on my investment even if I’m miles away.
My plan is to find a rental home for the duration of my visit but I will be initially staying in a hotel. I’m already in communication with someone from Airbnb. Unfortunately, he can’t provide free internet connection. I need a way to connect to the internet somehow. Local mobile data, wireless broadband, anything at all.
Are there prepaid internet services in the city? Can a foreign guy apply for a temporary connection from a local ISP? I need help.
June 14, 2013
We are 4 experienced mature travellers looking for a two-centre vacation (say 3 days in Bogota and 3 days in Cartagena) staying in centrally-located, comfortable/traditional hotels but with tour guides at both locations. Ideally we would like to travel by road, with a guide, between the 2 locations to get a sense of the rural culture. We are looking at a week in the period 7 to 22 September....can anyone help?
Colombian Coffee Grower Strike
February 26, 2013
Will this strike among the Colombian coffee growers effect coffee tourism?
Colombia Travel Bloggers Needed
November 27, 2012
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June 6, 2012
The best nightclub in Cartagena right now is Mister Babilla (Avenida Arsenal No 8B-137). Great music and good times all night. On the same street are various other bars and clubs and it's a great place to go bar/club hopping if you are staying in Getsmani/Walled City area. It's only a short ride from Bocagrande. Just tell the cab driver Mister Babilla or Arsenal.
I also went to Cafe Havana in Getsmani (Corner of Media Luna and Guerrero). This is the same place that Hillary Clinton was spotted drinking beers and dancing during the Summit of the Americas. The salsa band was real good and it's definitely worth checking out. We paid 10,000 pesos ($5USD) each for cover. They might have overcharged us cause we were tourists but they weren't budging on the price. The drinks are a little pricey for Getsemani but it's still a good time.
Also check out Bazurto Social Club in Getsemani (Av del Centenario, Cra 9 No. 30-42). A cool looking afro-based restuarant that plays live music (reggae, salsa, etc) at night. A different vibe from the dance clubs in Cartagena and it has a lot of personality. Definitely check it out for dinner or dancing.
All tourists should check out Cafe Del Mar (By Plaza Santo Domingo in the historic district). A cool open-air bar overlooking the ocean. A DJ plays trendy music and it's a great place to start your night. A little pricey unfortunately.
That's all I have. I know they might not be the most original selections but I was only in Cartagena for a few days. If anyone has any more suggestions, please share.
Pablo Escobar tour in Medellin
May 22, 2012
I took the Pable Escobar tour in Medellin in May of 2012. I paid 55,000 pesos (approx $30 USD). I booked it through the hotel I was staying in.
The tour was OK. I definitely don't think it was worth 55,000 pesos. That is a lot for Colombian standards. The advertisements say that they will bring you to Pablo's former headquarters, his grave, the place where he got shot, and to his brothers house "Roberto" where there is a small museum and you can talk to Roberto and ask him questions.
The only thing I didn't like is that they don't take you to the place where he got shot. They say that you can't go there anymore because it's privately owned. That really sucks because I thought that was one of the highlights of the tour.
Whatever. The headquarters is an abandoned building that was apparently blown up with a car bomb and the grave is pretty cool. The museum with Roberto is cool. They have some real interesting things there. I won't spoil it. Roberto is real nice and it's kind of weird to be in that setting
Overall, the tour was informative but didn't really teach me anything I didn't know. I didn't like how they put on the 2 escobars documentary while we were driving because i've seen it 300 times. I would've preferred a city tour or some new insight into Pablo.
I recommend taking the tour but see if you can get it for more like $35,000 or $25,000. $55,000 is just way too much.
Street Vendors in Cartagena
May 19, 2012
Wow, the street vendors in Cartagena are annoying as sh**. They are worse in the more touristy areas especially around Bocagrande (by the beach) and in other areas where tourists frequent. They walk right up to you, one after another and they're all selling the same crappy stuff.
Usually a simple "no gracias" will work but for some of them, it's simpy not enough. Here are some tips:
BTW - I'm talking about the vendors that walk up to you, the ones in the shops and stores are much more pleasant.
Unless you are thoroughly interested in purchasing something, don't give them any time of day, don't answer questions like "where u from", and don't under any circumstances, hold or grab anything they hand you. They won't take it back. When they walk up to you, simply glance at them and say "No Gracias" and walk away. If they don't leave you alone, just totally ignore them and keep walking. You might think it's rude to ignore someone, but I think it's rude to harass someone you don't know on the street.
Does the Colombian Hooker CIA Scandal Hurt Tourism
April 20, 2012
Although it is a crazy story, I don't think it necessarily hurts Colombia as a tourist spot. It definitely shows Cartagena as a party town which is one of its appeals like Miami. Sex tourism is a big thing in Colombia but people must also realize that there is a lot more to offer.
Bus from Bogota to Medellin
March 19, 2012
What is the quickest and safest option for bus travel between Bogota and Medellin? Please provide companies. Is it dangerous to travel by bus?