Colombia travel Archive

Chilling at the Charlee Hotel in Medellin, Colombia

Yeah we know, if you’re older than 30 the first thing that pops into your head when you hear Medellin is not “trendy.” But this city is a magnet for the creative class and they’ve got an excellent hotel meant for them in the Charlee. When drug kingpin Pablo Escobar ruled from his base in [...]

Touring Cartagena in Style

We posted our latest tour feature this week on the South American luxury tourism hotspot Cartagena, Colombia. This was my second time in this beautiful walled city (the historic part anyway), but last time I was there for the TravelMart Latin America trade show held at the convention center outside of town and I only [...]

Touring Colombia: Villages to Medellin

We’ve been spending a good bit of time in fast-growing Colombia recently and for good reasons. The country’s tourism numbers are increasing rapidly as people update their expectations and new hotels are going up at a frenetic pace. Our latest tour story, from writer Judith Fein, is about a return to Colombia with Adventure Associates, [...]

Taste Test: Medellin Rum From Colombia

Ron Medellin is the one brand you’re sure to run across while traveling in Colombia. So you might want to stick to cocktails. Last year I attended a big travel trade show in Cartagena, Colombia. At the big opening night bash, sponsored by Avianca Airlines, all the liquor on offer was imported, including rum from [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]