Amazon Tour with George of the Jungle: Trekking into the most complex eco-system on the planet

Puttering down the river in an open boat searching for pink dolphins, battling mosquitos on a 5 hour trek from Peru to Brazil through dense muggy jungle, sloths, tarantulas, caimans, giant Blue Morpho butterflies, centipedes, scorpions, monkeys and pirañas filling the boat for dinner. Four days adventuring in the Amazon were all we hoped… And more. Continue reading Amazon Tour with George of the Jungle: Trekking into the most complex eco-system on the planet

Hacienda Napoles: Save yourself the effort and don’t donate any money to this animal prison camp

The story of Pablo Escoba is a fascinating epic of a man who recognised a business opportunity, started a war on drugs (fighting on the side of cocaine), robbed lives but built houses for the poor, ran for congress and still had time to build the drug lords equivalent of Michael Jackson’s Neverland. We didn’t follow the “El Patron” trail of destruction on a tour through Medellin, but the temptation of visiting his thousand acre ranch complete with wild hippos was all too much. Oh what a mistake that was! Continue reading Hacienda Napoles: Save yourself the effort and don’t donate any money to this animal prison camp

Guatape: a colourful gem in Colombia’s crown

Guatape is known as “Pueblo de Zócalos y Colores” because its streets are alive with bold colours, and its little houses are all trimmed with creative “zócalos” or motifs. These motifs represent different symbols significant to the history and culture of the area or relate back to the products sold in the shop within its walls. From Flora and fauna to religious symbols, these bright … Continue reading Guatape: a colourful gem in Colombia’s crown

Salento to Jardín: My favourite place in all the world

The main square looks as though it has dropped in from a little European village, the architecture is colourful and doll-house perfect, the nature surrounding the pueblo is lush and green and ripe for exploring, the food is deeelicious and the people, well the people are typically Colombian. So friendly, welcoming and hospitable you won’t want to leave. Continue reading Salento to Jardín: My favourite place in all the world

Colombia’s Coffee Region: In love with Salento 

Coffee is an international language spoken clearly, passionately and with melodic tones here in Colombia. Coffee was the original reason for the visit to Salento but the laid back lifestyle, friendly locals, beautiful landscapes and the colourful charming architecture were amongst the reasons we didn’t want to leave. We only had 3 days in this pretty little pueblo because we were on a deadline to … Continue reading Colombia’s Coffee Region: In love with Salento 

Tierradentro archeological park: an elaborate home for the dead

A tiny friendly village accessible only by a bumpy unpaved road, traversed using a fumey old bus or colectivo complete with passengers on the roof and local drunk dribbling and murmuring to himself. The reward? Rolling green hills painted by Colombian coffee and sugar cane plantations, mysterious tombs and unbroken tranquility. Teirradentro is a real authentic travel destination, and on top of all this it’s one of the most … Continue reading Tierradentro archeological park: an elaborate home for the dead