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Chapinero: Bogota’s Diverse and Openly Gay Barrio

Chapinero: Bogota’s Diverse and Openly Gay Barrio March 5, 2012 | Hotels, Nightlife, Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
For first time visitors to the city, most will either stay way up in the leafy environs of residential northern Bogota or in the central downtown colonial Candelaria district. Little notice will be paid to a vast, often faceless but certainly exclusive barrio known as Chapinero. Why? Well, Chapinero...

Escape from Bogota: Family Beach Vacations to the Colombian Caribbean

Escape from Bogota: Family Beach Vacations to the Colombian Caribbean December 4, 2011 | Hotels, Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Colombia possesses some of South America’s finest beaches. Accessible, pristine, the type that upon sight shifts travel magazines from the shelves of bookstores, inspires a dozen “The Beach” style imitation novels and makes you yearn for an umbrella in your cocktail during these bleak days of winter. So,...

Best Hotel Alternatives in Bogota, Colombia

Best Hotel Alternatives in Bogota, Colombia November 16, 2011 | Hotels, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
In the dark era of yesteryear when tourists feared to tread along Bogota’s rutted streets, you could say that Colombia and Colombians in particular were completely divorced from the idea of receiving international visitors. The colonial Candelaria was one of Dante’s circles of hell, the wide boulevard...

So You Have a Layover in Bogota?

So You Have a Layover in Bogota? September 12, 2011 | Food, Hotels, Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
A collective groan of despair is uttered when your travel agent suggests a layover in Bogota in order to facilitate onward travel. But, despair not as the Athens of South America is actually pretty accommodating and far from being the cartel-ridden capital of kidnapping that is so often erroneously portrayed...

The Best Budget Accommodation in Bogota

The Best Budget Accommodation in Bogota September 7, 2011 | Hotels, Travel Tips | Read More
10 years ago as a backpacker you had the pick of one hostel and a number of particularly unpleasant dives from which to choose when considering a visit to Bogota. Today thankfully, as numbers of travellers coming to the city continue to grow, you are spoilt for choice. No longer need one worry about...

What Colombians Think of Backpackers

What Colombians Think of Backpackers April 29, 2011 | Hotels, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
There is an uphill struggle taking place in Colombia in how, where and to whom the Colombian Government should be promoting their country as a tourist destination. As it stands the former Government of Alvaro Uribe was continually pushing for a more moneyed better educated (their words not mine) class...

Travelling to Minca – Colombia’s New Tourism Hot Spot?

Travelling to Minca – Colombia’s New Tourism Hot Spot? April 1, 2011 | Hotels, Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
You wouldn’t know that the town of Minca existed were you a rag tag traveller intent on soaking up the homogeneity of beach resorts such as Taganga close to Santa Marta. The contrast couldn’t be starker, Colombian backpacker tourism is changing (something to be explored at a later date) and now...

Semana Santa in Colombia

Semana Santa in Colombia March 21, 2011 | Events, Hotels, Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Easter week or Semana Santa as it is known in Colombia is a big deal, not only for its religious significance but also in that it is the first real break in the year in which Colombians gather up the family and travel en masse all over the country. National news outlets will routinely film thousands...

The Colombian Hostels Association

The Colombian Hostels Association March 19, 2011 | Hotels, Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
Recently, an insightful article was published in the Independent newspaper of London entitled how “Hostels got Hip” and the author Lucy Gillmore was quick to single out a few establishments of note, in particular in Europe. In South America it has long been an open secret between travellers...

Top Budget Beds in Bogota

Top Budget Beds in Bogota June 26, 2010 | Hotels, What's New | Read More
Visiting Bogotá on a budget does not have to be a bore – staying in the cheaper places around the city is actually exactly the right way to meet fellow visitors, and experience a more laid back and friendly vibe than any five star hotels could offer. The only trick is to really know where to go...
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