South America Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

  • How do you plan your trips?
  • Please help us learn by participating in a brief survey.
View all South America activity »
  1. 1 Going to Peru with 2 kids (9 and 12yrs)
  2. 2 Trip Report Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu, Amazon Rainforest + more
  3. 3 Trip Report Quito, Galapagos and Otavalo
  4. 4 Galapagos tour one week on a boat
  5. 5 Galapagos and Machu Pichu Itinerary Suggestions
  6. 6 8 days in Ecudor
  7. 7 Northeast Brazil
  8. 8 Trip Report Argentina in 15 days with a toddler: Trip report!
  9. 9 AirB&B in Buenos Airies
  10. 10 Trip Report Lima, Peru - Travel Report
  11. 11 Trip Report Cusco and the Sacred Valley
  12. 12 Galapagos - Family Wildlife Tours
  13. 13 Best BA neighborhood to stay in?
  14. 14 Trip Report The Inca Trail - It's a Long Way Down
  15. 15 Going to Machu Pichu with 4 children
  16. 16 Local tour companies in Bolivia
  17. 17 James Frazer-Mann - Trying to book El Chalten via Plataforma10 ?
  18. 18 Adventures / full of experince tours in the Ecuadorians
  19. 19 Lima - driver for hire
  20. 20 Cordoba-scenic small towns nearby
  21. 21 OK one final question - concerns AEP!
  22. 22 Iguazu Falls Couple Last Minute Questions!
  23. 23 First trip to Argentina - should we just stay in Buenos Aires?
  24. 24 Can USA citizens avoid hotel taxes?
  25. 25 Booking Treks in Cusco?
View next 25 » Back to the top

Colombia trip report

Jump to last reply

A brief trip report.

My wife and our two teenagers went to Colombia for 10 days at the end of August. We flew on Copa and paid around $550 round trip, including a trip from Bogota to Cartegena and back.

We stayed in Bogota with relatives, so I can't report on hotels, taxis and stuff. We liked Leo, a nice restaurant near the museum of modern art (I think) and Andres, a favorite with Colombians located about 1/2 hour outside of Bogota. I liked riding a bike from about 93rd and Septima downtown on Sunday morning (when streets are closed to cars) to the Plaza Bolivar.

In Cartegena we stayed at the Hotel Agua, Isla Rosario, and the Hilton. Hotel Agua is in the old town and has a nice rooftop pool. Old town is wonderful for wandering and watching. The Santa Clara library bar is a great place for a mojito. Isla Rosario is an island about 45 minutes by boat from Cartegena. You can go for the day or overnight. We stayed the night, went snorkeling and paid too much for necklaces. But it was fun, sorta like a mini vacation at Jakes in Jamaica (but not quite as chic). Then we came back to the Hilton where you could play volleyball in the pool, get a massage on the beach, and watch fishermen haul in nets nearby.

So, should you go? Sure. Colombia has a lot of energy. Cartegena looks like Spain, like Sevilla with narrow streets, old balconies, and lots of flowers. Nicholas is a great little restaurant near Hotel Charleston. Trips in the local buses were fun. Ditto the carriage rides. We paid too much for taxis, but too much was $5 across town. I think the kids had as much fun as we did wandering and looking, and playing soccer. The beach isn't perfect, but the energy is compelling.

Hope this helps a little.

12 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement