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 […]

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 […]

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Why Are Colombians So Happy?

Colombians are famous for being really friendly and happy people. According to several investigations and surveys Colombia was named the happiest country in the world in the years 2013 and 2014, and this year earned the second place. You might be wondering why they are so happy? Referring to several blogs and articles, we are […]

Colombians’ Reactions to New Hit Show Narcos

Most of you have probably seen or heard about the Netflix hit show Narcos that tells a story of the Colombian town Medellin and Pablo Escobar 30 years ago. It awakens a lot of feelings and opinions among Colombians; in good and bad ways. It is supposed to be a fiction series instead of a […]

Colombia’s Clichés: True or False?

Every country has stereotypes that can be only be proven right or wrong only by traveling and experiencing it yourself. Colombia particularly has a strong image all around the world; in a good and a bad way. It is one of the biggest challenges for Colombia to prove that instead of high level of violence […]

Graffiti Tour: Medellin’s urban art and culture

By Karoliina, a Finnish student and one of our interns The Graffiti Tour is such an interesting way to get to know the city of Medellin. Instead of taking a regular city tour, this is a great way to see the urban street life in Medellin, which you would not normally experience on your own. […]

Medellin: Second Capital of Tango

Medellin is considered the second capital of tango after Buenos Aires. You can definitively feel the spirit of tango in Medellin while walking through its streets hearing tango melodies at many corners. The International Tango Festival of Medellin From 22 to 28 of June 2015, the “IX Festival Internacional de Tango” takes place in Medellin […]

El Dorado [The Golden One]

“El Dorado” is a term used by Europeans to define a tribal chief of the Colombian indigenous group Muisca, who during rituals covered themselves with gold dust and then dove into a lake. This old Muisca tradition became the origin of the El Dorado legend. When Spanish explorers reached South America they heard stories about […]

Parque de las Luces

During the Pablo Escobar time, tourists would never have dared to go to today’s Parque de las Luces – Park of lights. One of the buildings on the plaza, then called Plaza Cisneros, used to be the drug kingpin’s cartels headquarter. Today the same building is the Ministry of Education. The plaza is part of […]