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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 take …

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 Segorbe …

Sailing from Panama to Colombia with the Independence

May 13, 2012

There are only 2 ways to safely get to Colombia from Panama: by plane or by boat. Crossing the Darien Gap is not recommended.

While flying to Colombia from Panama may be cheaper, a more popular way to get to Colombia for backpackers is to take a 5-6 day sailing trip, where 2 or 3 of those days are spent in the beautiful San Blas Islands. Doing a separate trip to the San Blas Islands …