How to make Ajiaco like a local in Bogotá, Colombia (with recipe!)

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Doña Elsa Ramirez shares Colombian culinary traditions Food is a universal language, so taking a cooking class while traveling is a great way to get to know local people and their traditions. My husband, Chris, and I heading to meet our instructor, but at the moment, a mountain is the only thing standing between usRead more

The art of living in Santa Fe de Antioquia

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Santa Fe was the original capital of the state of Antioquia before it moved to Medellin, a couple hours south.. The Lonely Planet describes it as a weekend escape from the city, but doesn’t say much else about it other than the tourist information center can provide a list of local artisans, whose studios canRead more

The metamorphosis of Medellin

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I fell in love with Medellin the moment I saw it. The ride from the airport takes 45 minutes, but halfway through, the taxi rounded a bend to reveal the city sprawled out in a valley below our vantage point — and at night, the view is magical. And while the night can hide mostRead more

What a rush

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One look at the water rushing over the edge of the cliff before us, and I’m not so sure rappeling down the waterfall was such a good idea after all, especially after so much rain. “I’ve never seen so much water here before,” says our guide Arturo. Seeing our eyes widen, he adds: “Just kidding.Read more

Horsing Around in Villa de Leyva

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When I first read about Villa de Leyva, I was instantly enamored with it. A four-hour busride from Bogota, the colonial town is not only one of the safest places in Colombia, but it’s surrounded by natural beauty and opportunities for outdoor adventure. Oscar Gilede knows about all the great places to visit. He runsRead more

On a roll in Bogota

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I could have spent a week exploring Bogota on foot, but I never would have seen as much as I did on the six-hour bike ride I took. Cruising around town on two wheels, I visited popular sites on the must-see list, but also many out-of-the-way spots. Bogota Bike Tours is owned and operated byRead more

May Day in Bogota

I saw this G.K. Chesterton quote last night: “The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.” So far, Chris and I have seen things that we could have never expected, but wouldn’t want it any other way. Our first day in Bogota and we’ve. been greeted with rainRead more

Colombia: The only risk is wanting to stay

“Is Colombia safe?” That’s the number one question I get when I tell people that I’m going to the South American nation. There is no guarantee that we’re safe, even in our own neighborhoods, but most sources say that Colombia is safe for travelers who stay on the main tourist circuit and big cities, travelRead more

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