Tag Archive: Colombia

Meet El Caribeño, the Coolest Dude in #Colombia #ttot #tbex #Caribbean

Imagine living on a Caribbean beach, complete with white sand and turquoise water… Your job: running a small bar that serves food (from local restaurants). In between serving drinks, you chill out with the customers and, during/after a gorgeous sunset (which occurs pretty much every night), you dance in the sand. Meet ‘El Caribeño,’ a man who’s…

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Kronosaurus Skeleton, Fossil Museum, Villa de Lleyva, Colombia: Trippy Travel Photo 37

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This photo of a Kronosaurus skeleton was taken at Museo El Fósil (a fossil museum) in Villa de Lleyva, Colombia. The short-necked plesiosaur from the Cretaceous period, related to the crocodile, was discovered in 1977. It is is a large fossil–around 20 feet long–and it’s approximately 115 million years (give or take a few mill) old. The museum…

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7 Quirky, Cool (and Colorful) Things About Colombia

Maceta Festival sweets

Colombia is a gorgeous country, one that’s colorful in a literal and a figurative sense. lt’s also uniquely itself and quirky in certain ways. Some of these quirks, whether cool or colorful or both, are easy to notice when traveling there. Here’s just some of what I encountered… 1. The Pinwheel/Sweets Festival When I first…

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Pre-Colombian Gold Display, Bogotá (Photo of the Day)

Trippy Travel Photo 37

The Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) in Bogotá, Colombia, has numerous displays of gorgeous pre-Colombian gold. This is just one of them. This display is in a special vault, where visitors are treated to an experiential journey back to pre-Hispanic Colombia. The lights spin around the room while music, combined with ancient ceremonial prayers, plays….

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Colombian Flag Atop Castillo San Felipe–Cartagena, Colombia (Photo of the Day)

Castillo San Felipe

I visited Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, the Spanish fortress in Cartagena, Colombia, during a day tour–and I really enjoyed my time there. It was a fascinating place to visit and photograph. After the tour, as I was walking away, I noticed how the Colombian flag was blowing in the wind over the castle and it…

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6 Reasons I Felt ‘Older’ on My Trip to Colombia–and How I Coped

Me and the Aussies

During my recent trip to Colombia, I had more than a few of those “Am I ‘getting old’?” moments. Or perhaps I should say ‘older’. (‘Old’ on its own has a different connotation, I think.) Now, in retrospect, I see that some of these moment were sort of funny and that many have something to…

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A Tour of La Guajira, Colombia–or Maybe Mars…


Join me for a tour of Cabo de la Vela and Punta Gallinas, in Colombia’s La Guajira in the north–a region that looks and feels like another world. Traveling through the arid peninsula recently–with its rust-colored sand, meteor-like rocks and ever-changing, not-exactly turquoise water–I felt like I was dreaming. A Few Thousand Miles Away or…

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2 Colombian Cowboys…6 Bottles of Beer (Photo of the Day)

Salento cowboys

Salento, a town in Colombia’s coffee country, is frozen in time. They even have a sign that says so. And as you can see, it has its share of characters–cowboys included. Here are two I spotted sitting at a bar in the town plaza. I loved the looks on their faces and, of course, the…

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The Best Coffee I Had in Colombia!

cappuccino in Salento

I’d taken coffee estate tours in Salento and, of course, tried the coffee. And I thought it was really good. But…one day, I had the best coffee I’d had on my entire trip. In fact, no coffee satisfied me as much during the weeks that followed. I can still remember how much I savored it….

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Playing Pharmacist With an Argentine Soap Opera Actress (Random Travel Moment 14)


When I checked in at the beachfront hotel in Palomino, Colombia, I immediately noticed how much Maria, the manager, smiled. She looked beautiful and happy…radiant, in fact. “I used to be an actress on a soap opera in Argentina,” she told me proudly when we had our first conversation. “Really? A sweet character or a…

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