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”

Puebla has many historical sites and museums and is famous for its sweet street; Calle de dulce. This was a great place to look for souvenirs in the traditional Mexican markets and get a look at some hand painted china in the many small shops. During our tour, we visited Puebla Cathedral and the Biblioteca Palafoxiana. What’s interesting about the cathedral is the modern sculptures in the courtyard outside, the contrast between old and new is quite striking. The library is just 25 pesos (£1.08)…Continue Reading “A Weekend in Puebla, Mexico”

Apart from being known for its silver, Taxco is pretty understated as a tourist destination which makes it even more appealing. When we arrived the beauty of the town was a total surprise. Nestled between mountains and cliffs, the towns beautiful colonial buildings sit on slopes of cobbled streets. The streets are actually so steep that most of the taxi drivers opt for altered Volkswagen beetles as they are apparently the only cars that can take on the gradient. One issue we had with these…Continue Reading “Taxco, Mexico”

Mexico is a large country with diverse and very different areas and states. I have visited a few different areas and they all had their own charms. Cuernavaca Cuernavaca is the capital of the Morelos state and is known as the ‘city of eternal spring’ for its appealing climate which remains between 20-30 degrees almost all year round. In the centre of the city, you’ll find a few tourist attractions such as the palace of Cortés which is now home to the regional museum. There’s…Continue Reading “Traveling around Mexico”

I started my week in Berlin with a walking tour of the centre. Free tours commence every day, meeting at Alexanderplatz at 11am. This introduction to the city focuses on its incredible history with stops at the site of Hitler’s bunker, the holocaust memorial, checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin wall. My first impressions were of a city which has rebuilt itself, but is still burdened with a horrific past. As far as cities go, Berlin is pretty unique in its atmosphere. The streets can be almost eerily…Continue Reading “A week in Berlin, Germany”