Colombia

Medellin, Colombia

We decided to conclude our trip in Medellin to get a taste of one of most cosmopolitan cities in Colombia. Due to lack of time, we didn’t plan a stop in Cali this time, but that’s something we’ll definitely be back for. Especially after we witnessed the people from respective cities trying to one-up each other to prove which one is better. We noticed this divide across all our conversations with Colombians.

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Santa Marta, Colombia

Being a bit late on publishing this, I’m going to make it a picture blog with some trip notes interspersed. The main reason for us heading to Santa Marta was to get some hiking experience in the Sierra Nevada mountain ranges. We later figured out that the weather and other conditions weren’t right at the time for venturing out into the ranges. Luckily, we had a plan B, and Tyrona National Park offered similar getaway opportunities.

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Cartagena, Colombia

Continuing our journey after spending a day in Bogota, the next stop we made was in Cartagena. A friend of mine had been there few months before and this place came highly recommended by him. A quick Google image search and few minutes later, Cartagena was added to our list. We luckily got the last few bunk beds in the hostel called El Viajero. Frankly, this was one of the last available places and we had to quickly make a decision.

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Bogota, Colombia

The planning for a South American backpacking trip started in early January and Chile was the first choice. In fact, Chile was the only choice at that time and we didn’t even want to consider any other options. Reality hit us hard soon enough. It turns out having an Indian passport is a big no-no for a “lot” of countries, even though, surprise surprise, all Indians don’t want to permanently migrate there to take their jobs.

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