soccer

For The Love of Soccer: Colombia

Soccer in Colombia The great former Liverpool manager Bill Shankly once said: ‘Some people believe soccer is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.’ This quote perfectly describes the state of soccer in Colombia. If you love […]

Metrocable

The Cheapest Sightseeing Tour In The World

The city of Medellin, located in north-central Colombia, has an inspirational story. Only two decades removed from the height of its notoriously violent past, it is now considered to be one of the safest big cities in Latin America, with character, nightlife and public art that any urban area would envy.   Medellín’s Public Transport Surprisingly […]

finca cafetera

Experiencing Life on a Coffee Farm

As soon as we were on the way, our guide German got the conversation started. The coffee farm is located at approximately 2 hours driving from Medellin, but thanks to the cosy atmosphere in the bus it felt like the ride was much shorter. On the way there we had a second introduction; this time […]

Tour de chocolate

How Tourism Is Helping Local Farmers

History We, at Palenque Tours believe that tourism is one of the best ways to make a positive difference in Colombia. In the following video you can see how we are making a difference in the lives of the local farmers that host our Chocolate Tour. The video goes in-depth about the struggles that these […]

Paramo of Belmira

Colombia’s Mountains: Paramo de Belmira (part 2)

A unique horseback ride and hike in the Andean hills The sleepy village of Belmira was the starting point of our Andean nature experience. At the tiny main square we met our local guide Carlos. To make the experience even more special we decided to horseback ride up the hills and so Carlos was waiting […]

Paramo de Belmira

Colombia’s Mountains: Paramo de Belmira (part 1)

What’s new about Andean Colombia? In March 2016 the Colombian government declared eight new protected areas in the Andean highlands of Colombia. All of them are considered to be fragile high mountain eco systems called Paramos. Paramos are high mountain habitats just above the forest line and below permanent snowline which, according to scientists, may […]

San Basilio de Palenque

Colombia Travel: San Basilio de Palenque

Hidden away in the Colombian jungle for hundreds of years, there lies a small community alive with African heritage. Located less than an hour from Cartagena, in the foothills of Montes de María, and protected by a combination of swamps and jungle, Palenque has been the home to Afro-Colombians, the decedents of the country’s first slaves, for […]

Discovering Colombia

Discovering Colombia’s Treasures

Discovering Colombia is our passion. Here at Palenque Tours we always like to discover new exciting destinations for you. That’s why from time to time we go out together to find new, untouched locations for ecotourism in Colombia. Last weekend we set out to the Rio la Miel in Antioquía, Colombia. Along this river, the […]

Why make a coffee tour in Colombia?

Colombia is known for producing one of the highest quality coffee in the world. Colombia has traditionally grown arabica beans and its unique geography makes it perfectly suited for producing a delicious, high quality balanced coffee. Yearly Colombia produces around 11.5 million bags of coffee, the third total in the world, after Brazil and Vietnam. […]

Colombian Carnival and Other Festivals

January and February are months of Carnival and many festivals in Colombia. We wanted to share with you today some information about these famous events, part of the cultural heritage of Colombia. Carnival in Colombia was introduced by the Spaniards but it only really began to flourish in the 1800s. Even so, it was not […]