My husband and I fell in love with Colombia on our honeymoon. We’d been travelling through Central America, but Colombia was the only country we visited twice on our trip — it was that good. And although we didn’t intend to go back again so soon, a group of friends who were also travelling there for their honeymoon invited us. So, here are some tips for how to make the most out of your time and money when visiting this incredible country!
Where to stay
In Bogota, we stayed at the Hotel Tequendama Palace. It was a little bit north of downtown but we didn’t mind because it was so central to everything else we wanted to do. It has an outdoor pool on its roof where you can see all of Bogotá from above, which is pretty cool. We got a room with a view of this pool, which really made us feel like royalty (especially given that our budget didn’t allow for any nights at 5-star hotels). The hotel also has an excellent breakfast buffet with great service and delicious food. Our favorite part was their little library room where you could go read books or use their computers if you needed them!
We stayed at Hotel Plaza Mayor while in Cartagena and had an amazing time there! The rooms are spacious, modern and gorgeous – especially when compared against other hotels within walking distance like Casa Gaitan or Hotel Santa Clara (which were both lovely too). The staff is friendly but not overbearing; they always had smiles on their faces when greeting us during our stay there. They have free WiFi throughout the hotel which makes staying connected easy – even better than some other places where it costs $10 per day just for access!
Where to eat in Bogota
There are so many dining options in Bogota that you’re sure to find something that suits your taste buds. Here are some of the best places we ate at:
- Street food. There was no shortage of street food vendors in Bogota—we found them everywhere! And they were good too! You could get everything from empanadas to fried plantains, or even some delicious soup (the soups were really popular). The prices were cheap, but the quality was incredible. We tried most of the street food when we first arrived and then avoided it for the rest of our stay because we had already eaten so much. If you want something quick or don’t mind eating on-the-go, this is an excellent option for you!
- Dining at our hotel: One night while eating dinner at our hotel I told my wife how nice it would be if they served us breakfast there every day (especially since breakfast wasn’t included in our room rate). She suggested that maybe they could start doing that and she might have talked them into making this happen if it weren’t for their strict policy against outside food being brought into the restaurant areas at all times during opening hours…
Bogota, Colombia: Parque 93
Bogota is a city with a lot to offer. One of my favorite things about it is Parque 93, which has many restaurants and cafes, art and culture, and more. If you’re in the mood for some nightlife, this is also the place to go!
Bogota, Colombia, graffiti tour
Bogota is a city known for its colourful graffiti. You can see it everywhere, from the street art on the buildings and storefronts to the spray paint on cars and buses. There are also several “hip” neighbourhoods that are filled with murals painted by local artists who want to express themselves in a unique way.
We also know Bogota as the City of Eternal Spring because it never gets hot or cold there, which makes it ideal for exploring during any season of the year—even winter!
Medellín and Guatapé
- Medellin is a great city for couples. It has plenty of unique attractions and activities, but it’s also very easy to get around on foot or by bus. If you have time, visit Pablo Escobar’s house and the Botanical Garden.
- Guatapé is a scenic town about 30 minutes from Medellín where you can hike up “La Pietra Del Peñol” (The Rock), which is an island in a lake created by receding glaciers during the last ice age. The views are spectacular! There are also some nice restaurants in this area if you want to stay longer than just one day—it’s worth it!
Cartagena, Colombia, is a popular tourist destination in South America. The city has many beaches and colonial buildings to see while you’re there. There are also plenty of museums, restaurants, bars and nightclubs to explore if you want to hang out with locals after the sun goes down.
Travel tips for Colombia
When planning a trip to Colombia, keep in mind that this country differs from the rest of South America. You will have a very different experience than what you may be used to with other countries in the region.
- Check your visa requirements before you book your flight or hotel. If you don’t have one, there are many companies that can give you advice on how to get it and help guide you through the process (we used VisaHQ for ours).
- The cost of flights can vary depending on where you are coming from or going from. We found that flying into Bogota and out of Cartagena was cheaper than flying directly into Cartagena, but this might not be true for everyone, depending on where they live and their travel schedule. The best way to find out what route works best for them is by searching online using sites like Expedia or Kayak (these two websites helped us plan our itinerary).
A perfect trip for couples, Colombia has amazing art and food.
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway in a country with rich culture, Colombia is your place. From the colonial streets of Cartagena to the breathtaking views of Medellín, Colombia, has it all. Here are some highlights from our trip that make it a perfect destination for couples:
- The food! We know colombian cuisine for its use of exotic ingredients like chicharrón (fried pork rind), cilantro and guava, as well as its famous empanadas and arepas. Eating out was always an adventure because we could never be sure what we would end up ordering! We had no idea what these dishes were before eating them but they were delicious every time. It was fun trying new things together!
Colombia is a great place to visit as a couple. With its vibrant culture and delicious food, it’s sure to be an adventure you’ll never forget. On top of that, Bogota has some of the best graffiti in the world! If you are looking for an exciting trip with plenty of things to do, then Colombia should definitely be at the top of your list.