Santa Marta, Colombia: An Expat’s Hub for Adventure

Santa Marta is a small Colombian city nestled between the Caribbean Sea and the Sierra Nevada Mountains (famous for boasting the tallest coastal peaks in the world). The city holds a major claim to history as the first Spanish settlement in Colombia (founded in 1525) and for being one of the first Spanish settlements in South America in general. Santa Marta’s historical importance is furthered as the death place of Simón Bolívar, who led many Lat...

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Work Abroad in Medellín, Colombia

You've heard all the hype about the Ciuidad de la Primavera Eterna (City of Eternal Spring) and now you want to discover it for yourself and work abroad in Colombia’s second city, Medellín. Medellín is finally making the news for the right reasons and if you fancy climbing up the professional ladder but want to do it abroad, Medellín is an up-and-coming city for start-ups and businesses as well as being a great place to work abroad. So, has ...

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Visiting Medellín, Colombia: A Beginner’s Guide (Part 2)

So you’re visiting Medellín for a while. You saw the Christmas lights. You stared into the night sky at Plaza de la Luz, rode the San Javier open air escalators, and toured four or five of the Parque Bibliotecas. You rode the metrocable to Mazaanti’s Parque Biblioteca España and hiked Parque Arví. You’ve done it all. Now you’re ready to experience more of the city, a town former Mayor Luis Perez called “an urban poem.” Here are three parks, three...

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From Panama to Colombia: A Guide to Traveling Between North and South America

While planning to travel from North America to South America, it is easy to look at a map of the area and assume that the journey from Panama to Colombia is as easy as catching a short bus ride. While the 29,000-mile Pan-American Highway stretches all the way from Alaska to Argentina, there is just one 100-mile section that is not passable by any vehicle. This swath of rather dangerous land separating Panama and Colombia is called the Darien...

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Studying Spanish in Colombia

Overview of Colombia Colombia has an unfair reputation. Although the gang activity, drugs and ‘la violencia’ (the violence) dissipated years ago, many tourists still leave Colombia off their travel list because they think it’s too dangerous. They couldn't be farther from the truth. While travelling through South America for eighteen months, I found myself returning again and again to Colombia; for the people, the landscapes, the beaches...

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8 Reasons to Travel to Colombia, South America

Despite what the U.S. government warns about Americans traveling to Colombia, it’s really a prime destination. Perhaps because these warnings prevent many travelers from going, it’s a relatively untouched paradise, where the track has yet to be beaten. Not only does it boast lush landscapes and a tropical climate, but also an ample amount of both adventure and relaxation for every traveler to enjoy.    1. The Activities     Wh...

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