• South America
  • 30 Things No One Tells You About Backpacking in South America

    30 things nobody told us about before we went backpacking in South America!

    We spent 4 months backpacking in South America. Although each of the countries we visited was as unique and different from one another as can be, we did notice a few universal truths about backpacking in South America… things nobody told us about before we left. In no particular order and in various degrees of usefulness, we’ve compiled our observations into this list of 30 things no one tells you about backpacking in South America!

  • Accommodation Reviews
  • Hostels in Colombia: Where to Stay … & Where NOT to Stay!

    The hostels in Colombia are some of the best in South America. But which hostels should you stay in, and which should you skip? We went backpacking in Colombia for a month. These are our best Colombian hostel recommendations.

    During our month of backpacking, we slept in a LOT of beds in Colombia, and stayed at at a LOT of different hostels. From cramped party hostels to isolated hilltop retreats, it seemed like no two hostels in Colombia were the same. To make things easier for you, dear reader, we’ve come up with the best list of hostels in Colombia: where to stay, and where NOT to stay!

  • Accommodation Reviews
  • Hostel Spotlight: La Serrana Hostel in Salento, Colombia

    La Serrana Hostel in Salento, Colombia is one of the best hostels in Colombia!

    Tucked away in the Eje Cafetero/coffee region of Colombia lies the little town of Salento. This town has become a major stop for travelers due to its proximity to the famous Valle de Cocora, myriad coffee farms, and stunning views of the area’s rolling green hills. Our experience in Salento was amazing, and one of the major reasons for that was our hostel, La Serrana Hostel and Eco-Farm.

  • South America
  • Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls: My Waterfall Rappelling Catastrophe in San Gil, Colombia

    Don't go chasing waterfalls: my waterfall rappelling disaster in San Gil, Colombia

    “How do I stop?? How do I make it stop going down?!?” I shriek frantically at my husband, who is calmly dangling in mid-air a few feet below me. I can’t make out his response through the roaring, cascading waterfall that we are both being drenched in as we rappel down a sheer rock face 250 feet in the air, but it’s probably something like ” Use the rope, idiot!” Oh, right.

  • South America
  • 30 Things Nobody Tells You About Backpacking in Colombia

    Guane on the Camino Real hike from Barichara in the Santander region near San Gil, Colombia. To get there, just take a bus from San Gil! Read all about transportation in Colombia in our guide.

    It has officially been 1 month since we took off for South America with only what we could fit in our backpacks. Our first destination? Colombia. We got a lot of weird looks when we told our friends and family we were starting in Colombia; looks that said things like “but you know there’s plenty of coke in San Francisco, right?” Well, friends and family, our month in Colombia was spent coke-free, but we did end up with a lot of questions. Like, why are the coins all random sizes? What’s tranquilo? And what’s with all the honking??

  • Foodie Travel
  • Artisanal Bread in Minca, Colombia

    Fresh baked artesanal bread in Minca, Colombia

    The smell of fresh baked bread and lush, rich chocolate. Quiet classical music.  A high arched ceiling, dark exposed wooden beams against bright white. Artistically placed vintage treasures. A tiny, carefully selected menu, changing from day to day: artisanal bread with cream cheese; coffee from a local farm; thick fudgy oat cookies; gooey brownies baked […]

  • South America
  • Parque Tayrona, Colombia: How to Get There & Where to Stay

    Parque Tayrona, Colombia on a rainy day.

    I’m writing this from an open air hut, swaying on a hammock. Nearby is a pool, complete with waterfall and slide. In front of me is our beautiful cabana nestled in foliage and trees. Around us we hear various birds, water trickling or splashing, and some mysterious animals we haven’t actually been able to see scuttling through the jungle. It’s hard to believe this is anywhere near a city. But we’re only about an hour outside of Santa Marta, Colombia, a bustling city that we passed right through on our way to paradisaical Eco Hostel Yuluka, just outside the entrance to Colombia’s famous Parque Tayrona. Little did we know that we’d end up liking our hostel more than the tropical, remote beaches of Parque Tayrona…