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How to see The Las Lajas Sanctuary of Ipiales. The church built into the side of the hill with it's detailed architecture

How to see The Las Lajas Sanctuary of Ipiales

We had about a 6 hour wait before continuing on the coach to Cali from Ecuador. One hour was spent at the church and the rest, I’ll be honest, was spent bored. 
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How to see The Las Lajas Sanctuary of Ipiales. I’d recommend visiting this church if you’re travelling from Colombia to Ecuador or vice versa via coach. My post on How to get to Medellin from Ecuador on the cheap covers that leg. It’s an impressive church for photos…

Why travelling Quito is like being with a woman. The views of Quito from the top of the teleferico

Travel to Medellin from Ecuador on the cheap

I’d heard this could be a suspect 2-day journey. South of Colombia is apparently known for its robbing’s on coaches so I travelled in a mini wolf pack.
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Travel to Medellin from Ecuador on the cheap. Annnnd… I had all my electronic equipment carefully robbed on the coach whilst my bag was between my HUGE legs (I’d been doing my workout plans here). Granted I was a fool to not be hugging it while sleeping. The journeys was tough and…

Staying at Casa en el Agua, the hostel in the sea. A woman stands in front of the sun as it sets

Staying at Casa en el Agua, the hostel in the sea

What happens when you whack a hostel in the middle of the sea and ask backpackers to come? A quiet civilised meal. Ha! Bugger off.
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Staying at Casa en el Agua, the hostel in the sea. I went here seeking some and thinking some quiet times, but I got the opposite. Grabbing the boat from the port of Cartagena the music was immediately turned on and up. I mean I’m talking Space Ibiza with a sub to match. The Colombian…

A backpacking guide to Cartagena. A graffiti bird on a bright yellow wall in old town.

A backpacking guide to Cartagena

This was my first sighting of Colombia sailing into the harbour after a 5-day crossing from Panama. I could smell the coca..oonuts.
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It was also my last sighting after 8 months of backpacking South America, how cute. A backpacking guide to Cartagena. If Cartagena was a woman I’d marry her. Loved it for it’s small, old town, historic vibes and party scene. Hated it for it’s tourist traps and terrible beach.
After sailing from Panama to here on the Koala 2…

A short layover travelling Bogota is all I needed. The streets of the old town

A short layover travelling Bogota is all I needed

The best airport in South America. So good I slept in it on a flattened cardboard box on two separate occasions. Aside from that joy, the club night DJ selection here is awesome.
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A short layover travelling Bogota. If Medellin has the culture Bogota has the business. I stayed in hostel Arche Noah Guesthouse for three nights, which was more like a hotel than a hostel. Followed by Explora hostel for four nights, which was laid back, more social and…

Why I'd live in Medellin after travelling it. The view of Medellin from the top of the teleferico

Why I’d live in Medellin after travelling it

I got a tad drunk turning 30 here. Party scene aside, I found the contrast of culture between barrios fascinating. Hands down I could live in Medellin. It’s sick, so to speak.
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Why I’d live in Medellin after travelling it. After the two-day bus/plane journey from Ecuador to here, the three of us were pretty wrecked. I’d met the two other lads in Buenos Aries and we happened to cross paths in Quito, which aligned spot on for us all…

Why one day backpacking Cali is enough. A view looking over Cali from a view point

Why one day backpacking Cali is enough

A brief one-day layover travelling through from Ecuador to Medellin, via coach and flight left me satisfied. Like a short Tinder fling.
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Why one day backpacking Cali is enough. I arrived here with my small rucksack emptied by a sneaky looter going under the back of my seat and thieving a laptop, camera, ear phones and external battery. So it wasn’t the best start to the second home of the cartel but fair play to the fella for his skills….

Why Palomino is a must see backpacking destination. The far right of the beach after a 30 min walk. A man stands with his back to camera looking up the miles of golden sands at Palomino

Why Palomino is a must see backpacking destination

There was bollocks all here and that’s why I loved it.
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Here’s why Palomino is a must see backpacking destination. This was my last stop before flying home to London. After 8 months solo backpacking South America. I shouldn’t have went back. Although I’m glad I did as I owed the tax man a large amount of dollar and it inspired a path. A path of working hard to get back out here and live a nomad life. My point,…