Colombia Archive

Avianca Rising in Latin America

I mentioned in our monthly newsletter last month that my Avianca flight to Colombia was another reminder just how far the U.S. airlines have fallen in comparison to most of the international carriers. Avianca made me feel like a passenger again instead of a  number on a spreadsheet to be optimized and squeezed. This matters […]

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Wax Palm Heaven: Cocora Valley in Colombia

There’s no shortage of beautiful landscapes in the Coffee Triangle of Colombia, but few of them get as many oooh and aaahs as the gorgeous Cocora Valley, near the attractive town of Salento. The secret seems to be getting out on Salento. There were far more tourists wandering around the shops and cafes when I […]

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New Casa San Agustin Boutique Hotel in Cartagena, Colombia

There are plenty of luxurious boutique hotels in Cartagena de Indias of Colombia as this is clearly the top destination in the country for upscale travelers. There’s a new kid on the historic blocks of the center now that’s a clear contender: Casa San Agustin Boutique Hotel. Located in a prime spot in the UNESCO […]

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5 Things I Learned About Good Coffee in Colombia

A few weeks ago I visited the Coffee Triangle region of Colombia for the second time and drank lots of coffee of course. Colombia is one of the world’s largest producers of coffee and the best beans from here are praised as some of the best available anywhere. Many travelers come back underwhelmed by what […]

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Will Luxury Come to Venezuela Someday?

As you’ve surely heard by now, Hugo Chavez went to join his comrades in the afterlife this week. The downtrodden and those who worked for him are mourning, while the opposition and the business community are quietly cheering. Time will tell how long it will take to undo the damage he did, the economy tanking […]

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A Cathedral in a Salt Mine in Colombia

As a veteran travel writer and editor, I don’t get surprised and awed very easily anymore. I wasn’t expecting much when on a tour through Colombia, the guide said we would be visiting a “salt cathedral” outside of Bogota. I’d been to the giant Salar de Uyuni salt flat in Bolivia a few months earlier, […]

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