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Where to have an air-conditioned break in Cartagena


An insider guide to Cartagena certainly can’t exist without tips on how to survive the brutal heat! So the key is knowing about the nice quiet cafes where they don’t try to get rid of you and there’s no pressure to move just because there are too many people waiting. On this trip I’ve discovered […]

How to do a roadtrip from Bogotá to Popayan


#OneChineseInColombia survived a 14-hour road trip from Bogotá to Popayán, crossing the provinces of Cundinamarca, Tolima, Caldas, Risaralda, Valle de Cauca, and Cauca. Saw terrains from coffee farms to sugarcane plantations. Climate from tropical lush forests to paramo. Actually the traffic wasn’t too bad. Tips? Set off at 4.30am to avoid traffic on ‘La Ochenta’. […]

An idea for a day trip from Bogotá


Last Sunday I was super excited to go to Choachi’s hot spring. It’s 1.5 hours away from Bogotá by car, in the southeast, behind Monserrate and Guadalupe. You will cross a the mountains and pass the foggy páramo and get to see some frailejones. When we got there the car parks were already full. It looked chaotic. My Colombian […]

How to do Cali Fair like a pro


This year I was lucky to see Cali Fair, the cultural festival about salsa, music and tradition that opens every year on 25th December and lasts for 6 days in Cali, the sugar cane capital of Colombia. Why go? If you like parties, dancing and hanging out with locals just to have a good time. What’s the best thing to […]

OneChineseInColombia’s version of Cartagena


Cartagena is very much exhaustively written about so I’m not planning to repeat anything that’s already been covered. Rather, it’s more like what I liked in particular when I went earlier this year. I seem to have been a bit of a late starter. When I went two and a half years ago I really didn’t […]

How to do Cocuy in Colombia


  Happy new year! Man, this is terrible! Seeing my last post reminds me that I haven’t posted anything for 4 months! The main reason is that OneChineseInColombia has been travelling quite a bit in Latin America. I only hope your holiday was as great as mine! I have found Bogotá rather hot since I got […]

Why should you visit Colombia NOW? II


In part I I explained why you should get your ass here in Colombia RIGHT NOW. The other reason is that Colombia is having amazing weather right now. I can’t speak for other parts of the country but as far as I understand, El Niño brings wet weather to countries on East Pacific – ie. Peru and Ecuador, […]