Cartagena was one of my favourite places to visit during my time in Colombia and you can explore a lot of surrounding islands and beaches from this city. Firstly, we decided to take a trip to the incredible floating hostel Casa en el Agua which is located a couple of hours away from Cartagena by boat. But a couple of hours can become six if you travel during choppy conditions. After getting soaked by the waves and enduring a lot of painful bumps along the way, we…Continue Reading “Cartagena and Surrounding Islands, Colombia”

I took a chiva (colourful Colombian bus) from my home in Santa Veronica to Santa Marta near Tyrona national park to continue exploring the Caribbean coast. The chiva took me as far as the nearest city, Barranquilla, for just 4,000 pesos (£1.11) and took a minibus from there to Santa Marta for 20,000 pesos (£5.62). The entire journey took about 4 hours to cover a pretty large stretch of the coast. Having been to Santa Marta a few times, I’ve stayed in a couple of…Continue Reading “More on the Caribbean Coast of Colombia: Santa Marta, Costeno Beach and Taganga”

Minca is a tiny village just outside of Santa Marta and close to Tyrona national park. It’s a must see for anyone exploring this area. The place to stay is Casa Elemento, a now pretty well know hostel. Well know because of one giant hammock overlooking the vast Colombian jungle, the perfect spot to sit back and take it all in. Casa Elemento boasts ‘Farm fresh food, craft beer on tap, climbing wall and high ropes course as well as dorms, hammocks and private cabanas’….Continue Reading “The Caribbean Coast of Colombia: Tyrona National Park and Minca”