Backpacking in Colombia: A Stop in Sopo

Sopo in Colombia (north east of Bogota) will hardly be remembered as a famous historic site or place of interest in backpackers guides to the world. However I will remember it. Bland, poky and basic, it was from this town that I said my farewells to my Colombian hosts Julio, Paula and Claudia. On my Read more about Backpacking in Colombia: A Stop in Sopo[…]

Backpacking in Colombia: Gorgeous Guatavita

Guatavita – a popular tourist town north east of Bogota is famous for its colonial buildings and its lake which may well have been a former volcano crater – and a big one at that. I went there with Julio Felipe, his Mum Claudia and his sister Paula. It was a hot day. I wore Read more about Backpacking in Colombia: Gorgeous Guatavita[…]

Working Wednesdays: Milking Cows In Santa Ana Alta, Colombia

So at the age of 30 I was working on a farm in Colombia, milking cows. Yes, but not quite the full story. Yes I’ve actually “worked” in South America, but I only did one shift ha ha! And it was just milking cows on Julio’s farm while I stayed there, but still I enjoyed Read more about Working Wednesdays: Milking Cows In Santa Ana Alta, Colombia[…]

Backpacking in Colombia: Guasca’s Paradise

In my time in Colombia I basically did a mini tour of a lot of towns and villages north east of Bogota, the country’s capital. This was a very different travel experience that most would get in Colombia, as none of these places (except Guatavita the gorgeous settlement by a lake) are touristy at all. Read more about Backpacking in Colombia: Guasca’s Paradise[…]

The Welcome To Colombia Bogota Party!

My welcome to Colombia is something that I should remember forever. Friends are more important than anything else sometimes. And whether they are close friends or friends you see often, shouldn’t matter. Friends will always be there for you. One such is Julio Felipe. A man who I first met in 2004 while serving ice Read more about The Welcome To Colombia Bogota Party![…]

Backpacking in Colombia: Bogota Gotta Go There

Bogota, Colombia’s capital, is a well known city which is often sadly associated with high crime rates. Dangers exist and the city can be daunting. But although I found it bland and lacking real atmosphere (not a bad thing I might add), I totally enjoyed it and want to go back properly and see all Read more about Backpacking in Colombia: Bogota Gotta Go There[…]

Backpacking in Colombia: The Town of Chia

Nope, it’s not a spelling mistake. It shouldn’t be China, it shouldn’t be Chiayi. This is the typical non-touristy Colombian town of Chia. Backpacking in Colombia threw up a few random gems, of which this was more of a “cool enough city – let’s go grab a beer though!” I ended up there courtesy of Read more about Backpacking in Colombia: The Town of Chia[…]

Staying at Vereda Santa Ana Alta: Beautiful Colombian Countryside

The sombre, peaceful, tranquil loneliness of Vereda Santa Ana Alta, Colombia. Travellers simply don’t go here on their own. There’s nowhere to stay. There’s no buses or transport. But thanks to my Colombian friend Julio Felipe I got to stay 4 nights in the mountain village of Vereda Santa Ana Alta (to quote its full Read more about Staying at Vereda Santa Ana Alta: Beautiful Colombian Countryside[…]