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Living in Medellin, Colombia

June 21, 2015

I switched from full time employment to remote freelance part-time work a few months ago so I could mix work and travel. The term commonly used to describe this kind of lifestyle nowadays is a "digital nomad."

I decided to make Medellin my first stop as I've heard good things about it as a digital nomad destination and I remember having a really great time in Colombia when I visited the country 3 years ...

A short trip to Jardin, Colombia

May 5, 2015

Jardin came up a few times during conversations with locals when asking them for recommendations of nearby towns to visit. Normally, you'll hear about Guatape, but once in a while Jardin will come up. It got me curious enough to check it out.

Jardin is located south of Medellin, about 3 to 3.5 hours by bus. Though I was told that if you drive you can get there in about 2 hours.

To ...

How to obtain a Civica metro card in Medellin, Colombia

April 13, 2015

Medellin has a very modern metro system, but one of the things you'll notice when you first use it is the long line at the ticket window. For some reason, the stations don't have ticket machines.

If you use the metro a lot, it's very much worth the effort to get a Civica card. It will save you a lot of time in the long run plus you get around 12.5 ...

A day trip to Guatape, Colombia

March 29, 2015

A 2-hour bus ride from Medellin is the small town of Guatape, a popular weekend destination for people living in Medellin. I decided to check it out last Sunday with a friend I met at a language exchange event.

Buses leave from Medellin every hour. We met up at the Poblado metro station and took it to the Caribe stop, which is connected to the Terminal del Norte where the buses to Guatape depart from ...

Ipiales, Colombia to Otavalo, Ecuador

June 24, 2012

Ipiales was my last stop in Colombia. The city is very close to the border with Ecuador. There didn’t seem to be much to do here other than visiting the beautiful Santuario de Las Lajas.

I spent a couple of nights here as I arrived very late the first day, I just stayed at the hotel across the bus terminal. The second day I just walked around the city then visited the Las Lajas ...

San Agustin, Colombia

June 17, 2012

After a 6-hour bumpy van ride from Popayan, I finally reached San Agustin. San Agustin is known for its pre-Colombian archaelogical sites.

I already had a hostel in mind before I arrived in the village. But when I got off the bus, an owner of one of the hostels there was offering a really good price for a room, about a third of what I would’ve paid at the other hostel. I decided to ...

Salento and the Cocora Valley

May 23, 2012

I arrived in Salento two days ago and was surprised with the number of people there. It turned out it was a Colombian holiday and Salento is a popular tourist destination for Colombians.

Salento is a small town part of the Zona Cafetera of Colombia, the coffee growing region. It has a nice temperate climate. It’s about an hour bus ride from Armenia and beautiful scenery along the way.

I stayed in Ciudad de ...