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Catching the Right Bus in Colombia?
This is a post from http://undertrail.com, a new service for travellers in Colombia. They can help you buy bus passes and low cost airlines tickets when travelling in Colombia. Importantly, they accept foreign credit cards which is not the case of many airlines and travel agencies in the country. Catching the Right Bus in Colombia? For many people traveling by bus in Colombia could be a hassle for multiple reasons: outdated travel guide information, erratic bus schedules, which bus/airline companies to choose from, cold and uncomfortable busses, illegal bus companies trying to sell you tickets, etc... Things are improving though. Major bus companies now have comfy and speed controlled buses, new low cost airlines like Viva Colombia have entered the market offering new affordable flights throughout the country. Keeping this in mind, here are a few handy tips and guidelines to follow before boarding a bus or plane in Colombia. 1. *Choosing the Right Bus Company* The moment you step in at some terminals you will be approached by hoards of men trying to get your attention to buy tickets for their companies, some of these companies do not comply with standards safety checks for their buses. Prices could be a bit cheaper but the difference with...
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in Safety in Colombia 153 17
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The green lagoon of the Azufral Volcano
This blog post is from our collaborator Gaëlle Tavernier, she lives in Medellín and is working on a document about responsible mining in Colombia, a great project that gives her the ability to travel off the beaten tracks and share some amazing stories with us.  [caption id="attachment_888" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The green lagoon of the Azufral Volcano I am determined to climb to the summit of Colombia 17 volcanoes (I have done 3 so far…). My plan is to start south at the Ecuadorian border and make my way up, however long it will take. When you land in Antonio Nariño, the airport which serves the city of Pasto, capital of the Nariño Department in Colombia, you nervously hold your breath. The plane lands on a short strip in the mountain and you fly over my favourite Colombian landscape: the Pasto Knot, a geographical miracle, a mountain knot formed by the merging of the terminal ranges of the Andes Mountains: the Cordilleras Oriental, Central, and Occidental. This is where I decided God was, in the heart of a volcano. With my Bolex camera and the company of my friend Mateo Isaza Ramirez, biologist and Colombian mountain guide, we headed up to Túquerres, a small town...
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in Adventures in Colombia 133 1
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Costeño, loving life, and Vallenato!
Our third and final part of the "How to Live Like a..." (check out our previous guides on Bogotanos and Paisas) takes a look at the life of Costeños (that is the people living near the 1,700kms of the Colombian Atlantic Coast); those loveable rogues that have the pleasure of beaches and sun being part of their daily lives. Now of all the lifestyles we've described, no doubt you'll be thinking that Costeño living must be the easiest. After all, this is a region where I've met people that were too lazy to sell me stuff on the street. I'm talking a street vendor not being bothered to stand up and talk to me after I expressed an interest in purchasing some goods. A refreshing change from the constant pressure put on me in Bogotano markets, but surely bad for business? As anyone that has spent time on beaches near Cartagena will know, however, you can't go around saying that Costeños are lazy and expect it to be a truism. This is a region that has a well-deserved reputation for being fun-loving and laid-back, but has also produced some of Colombia's greatest minds (Gabriel Garcia Marquez, to name just one). So what's the...
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Escapar, flight search engine
[caption id="attachment_838" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Homepage Escapar Buying a flight ticket when travelling in Colombia is no easy feat. First you need to know which airlines fly to such or such destination (it's a seemingly non-sensical mess of routes), then you might want to check some travel agencies to see if they have some interesting deals, and then you'll have check availability and prices through the website of each one of the above, compare, decide, and then see if your card even works. Any idea how frustrating it is to go through that whole process only to find out your card isn't valid here?! Tedious, to say the least... There are some metasearch for international flights, such as Kayak or Skyscanner but none of them do a good job on helping finding a flight for your trip in Colombia. For example, prices are not in Colombian pesos or they miss offers from some small local airlines or agencies. So if you need to plan a trip in Colombia, check this new website called Escapar. It's a free service, and their focus is on the Colombian market. You can check in just one click all the offers and availabilities from airlines and travel agencies...
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Rooftops of Manizales
Having brought you the definitive guide to living like a Rolo, we proud to present to you some top tips on bringing our your most Paisa self. Before you follow, educate yourself and check what is actually a Paisa. You might think to yourself that living like a Paisa is easy. The weather, the women, the general friendliness of the people... It all sounds like a breeze to those of us used to inhumane amounts of rain, women in Ugg boots and people that keep their gaze firmly focused on the ground. [caption id="attachment_824" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Rooftops of Manizales Don't be fooled, however. If you want to live like a true Paisa, there's a number of important rituals, behaviour patterns and habits you need to be aware of. If you don't cross off at least most of our list below, we're sorry, but you're just not a Paisa. Be proud. [caption id="attachment_822" align="aligncenter" width="300"] 100% Paisa Like really proud. Some may say verging on arrogance, but a Paisa would no doubt retort that it's not arrogance if your self-belief is well-founded. A true Paisa believes that there is no better place on the earth they could have been born. In fact,...
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