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Colombia – What to do ?

Thinking of Living, Working, Playing or Retiring in Colombia ? Colombia – what to do ? This is a common question posed to me by people thinking about living, working, playing or retiring in Colombia. Frankly, devoting yourself to knowing Cali, Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena could provide you a lifetime of exploration. In our article ”Why Colombia” we suggested an additional 34 wo... »

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Santa Fe de Antioquia

On the Road to Santa Fe de Antioquia Many people come to Colombia in search of the Colonial architecture of Spain.  Approximately 80 kms. to the north of Medellin, you will find the charming but bustling city of Santa Fe de Antioquia. The city was founded in 1541 by Field Marshall Jorge Robledo with the name – The City of Antioch – La Ciudad de Antioquia.  On a later trip he establishe... »

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Day Trippin’ – Sites to See in Colombia

Some of the Sites to See – Colombia Day Trippin’ Here are some suggestions of day or short trips that you can plan from major city centres while visiting Colombia. From Bogota : Bojaca – Chivo Negro – precolombian rock pictograms in ocre Guasca – La Capilla de Siecha – considered a National Monument La Calera – really part of North Bogota Nemocon – a... »

Daytrippin Colombia

Daytrippin’ Colombia Style

To Bus or not to Bus – That is the Colombia question Not so long ago,  a colleague and I needed to travel from Medellin to Manizales. We set out at noon and I assumed it would be an easy trip. After all, it is only 150 kms. from south Medellin. With a North American mindset, I calculated 1 1/2 hours and doubled it, assuming that the traffic in Colombia would not flow as quickly as I would ho... »

Colombia is the answer

Colombia is the Answer !

Colombia is the Answer ! Colombians are fiercely proud of their country and so they should be. They have  suffered through a long standing civil war that has lasted over 50 years and they endured terrible domestic terrorism  at the hands of the various drug cartels.   It is difficult to imagine that it was not so long ago when the residents of Medellin were uncertain when they left home in the mor... »


The Hidden Treasures of Cartagena

The Hidden Treasures of Cartagena – An Excerpt Cartagena de Indias has lived and died a hundred deaths. Founded in 1533 by Pedro de Heredia, she has been pillaged and stripped bare by pirates, besieged by the English, scouraged by the Spanish, decimated by cholera, raped by her own administration and fallen into economic neglect. Yet, each time, like a phoenix, she rises from the ashes and s... »

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Emerging tourism

Emerging Tourism in Colombia and the Business Opportunities That Follow

The government of Colombia is currently engaged in a program to expand tourism throughout the country. They have recognized that for approximately every 20 tourists that visit a region, one full time job and at least 2 indirect jobs are created. Approximately 90% of the destinations that are being developed are in non-capital cities. The goal is not only to encourage the emerging tourism market bu... »

Colombia is passion

Colombia is Passion

Colombia is passion ! Long considered to be off the charts and unsafe for tourists, the topic of travel to this country has always generated passionate conversations. Certainly Colombia has suffered more than its fair share of one-sided journalistic and governmental bias and judgment. Originally discovered in 1499 and settled a few years later by the Spanish, Colombia (or New Granada as it was the... »

Colombia perspective

Colombia in Perspective

Located ”at the top” of South America, Colombia is bordered by the Caribbean Sea to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It is the only South American country to be bounded by two oceans. It is the 26th largest country in the world with a total of 1,138,910 sq. km. Gran Colombia was formed upon the defeat of the Spanish in the early 19th century but fractured into 3 separate co... »