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Colombia

MvB
MvB
loved their trip to Colombia

Colombia has a rich and diverse history and culture which we discovered form our travelling from Bogota and the experiencing the Amazon with a;ll its wildlife and indigenous people. We enjoyed the graffiti bike tour and markets in Bogota along with the restaurants and through the Gold Museum along with the Museum Botero truly world class experiences. We both thoroughly enjoyed Villa de Leyva and Baricharra where the hotels and the different excursions were great fun. Villa Nora near Armenia was a real delight and the hosts truly a delight - a fabulous and restful stop with wonderful bird watching in the garden. I would have much preferred 3 nights in Villa instead of doing 2 nights and then 1 night in Salento (see above comments). Barlovento was a beautiful place, despite the recent additional development there where we met some very interesting travellers. We could have done with an extra night there to enjoy the surroundings - even with Tayrona Park closed for February ! Minca was a good option and we enjoyed the waterfalls and pools for a refreshing swim and had a brilliant Paella at Antonio's restaurant. The drive to Carthagena was long - it took us 6 hours - probably because the road works around Carthagena were so bad and it was a Saturday. Ananda Hotel was a beautiful hotel with great rooms and friendly staff and well located. We enjoyed Carthagena very much - particularly the old town and Getsemani. All the internal flights worked very well and Avian in particular were great in ensuring all our luggage arrived at our final destinations.
Trip Details
Travelled
As a couple
On
10 February 2017
Trip type
Classic

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MvB
MvB
7 March 2017
Best parts:
We loved the country, people and history and travelling all the different parts of Colombia to experience these. The people were very welcoming and positive about our travels in their country.
Worst parts:
There was one unnecessary additional 1 night stop in Salento that for us and our age of traveller meant packing up and staying in what is essentially a back packers town when we could have easily stayed at Villa Nora for an extra night and done the Corcora Valley walk and then the airport transfer the next day. The car / taxi that picked us up at Santa Marta airport and transferred us to Balovento was dangerous - the fuel filter was blocking and we stopped a number of times on that busy highway - not very safe ! We expect better vehicles for our bigger transfers.
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