Isla Rosario, Colombia

One of the last holdouts for authenticity in the world we find paradise close to an international tourist destination. This intimate island holds lots more than just tranquil beaches and friendly faces. Rosario islands consist of 80 archipelago just an hour boat ride southwest of Cartagena! This special island is home to some wonderful local…

La Mercado Bazurto – Cartagena, Colombia

South of the main city center you can find the real Cartagena shopping scene for any and all goods imaginable. The mercato Bazurto is an enormous maze of creole foods, fish vendors, produce merchants, knick knack sellers, and all sorts of characters hawking their wares to the locals. The place in intimidating and loud and…

Chocolate Museum – Cartagena

The cocoa museum in Cartagena is a great place to learn all about the history and process of making chocolate.  Although it’s more of a shop of all things cocoa, we stopped in for a visit and scoped out the place to get an idea of the process and to see if it is any…

Castillo de San Filipe de Barajas – Cartagena, Colombia

This impressive battery was the largest in the Americas at its time. Construction began in 1604 and reinforced over the next 200 years with multiple additions to the hill structure this iconic fort was the center of multiple pirate attacks and the point to collect the wealth of treasures from the new world before shipping…

La Cevicheria – Cartagena, Colombia

Opened in 2001 and famously visited by Anthony Bourdain, La Cevicheria has become one of the most popular restaurants in Cartagena. The ceviches are unique and interesting, as expected, and the scene is light, airy and very fresh in this cute, little ceviche cafe. We tried the Peruvian ceviche, Colombian ceviche and a shrimp cocktail…

La Puerto Falsa – Bogota, Colombia

This hole in the wall cafe is the most popular spot for a quick bite in the Candelaria downtown. Folks used to sneak out to la puerta falsa to grab a quick snack during long church services at the nearby church. Its charm and energy draws in constant traffic while the tamales and chicken soup…

Monserrate, Colombia

High atop the mountain overlooking the city of Bogota sits the famous cathedral of Montserrat where the faithful make their annual pilgrimage by climbing barefoot, or even on their knees, up to the beautiful cathedral for the daily traditional catholic services. Hiking to the top can be a great way to spend the day, watch…

Bogota, Colombia

Mountains, gold, emeralds, art, architecture, colorful hillside barrios full of Chicha bars and salsa clubs, Bogota is thriving today in this bustling capital city. You feel the altitude as you climb the hillside streets, it sucks your energy but the excitement staves off the exhaustion. People are everywhere, they grind, hustle and bustle to sell…