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Colombia’s best-kept secrets (well, 7 of them)

[ 0 ] November 13, 2011

Colombia is one of the most beautiful countries in South America – but it still has a reputation for being dangerous.

Yes, you have to be careful but this rule applies everywhere. Click on the links below to see what you MUST do before you leave this incredible country.

1) Hike up to Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City)

2) Sleep in hammocks at Tayrona National Park

3) Sail from Colombia to Panama

4) Get your PADI diving certificate in Taganga

5) Visit Pablo Escobar’s grave

6) Sip cocktails from a coconut on Playa Blanca

7) Explore the walled city of Cartagena

Looking for more things to do in South America? Get travel advice for Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter!

History of Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City)

History of Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City)

[ 1 ] September 16, 2011

Ciudad Perdida (literally translated as ‘The Lost City’ ), was founded in about 800A.D – some 650 years earlier than Machu Picchu.

It consists of around 169 terraces, a net of tiled roads and several small circular plazas that are carved into the mountainside. It may not be as magnificant as Machu Picchu but it has a magical atmosphere that can’t fail to excite you.

The Lost City, Colombia - Ciudad Perdida, Colombia - Fabulous Travel Guide

The Lost City, Colombia - Ciudad Perdida, Colombia - Fabulous Travel Guide

It was abandoned during the Spanish Conquest and only discovered in 1972 when a group of local treasure looters found a series of stone steps rising up the mountainside and followed them to an ancient city which they referred to as Green Hell or Wide Set.

It was later named Teyuna and locals believed it was the heart of a network of villages inhabited by their ancestors. Despite tribes keeping quiet about the discovery, it was finally revealed by authorities in 1975.

Now it’s a popular hiking route and you can book 4,5 or 6 day tours to Ciudad Perdida from Taganga in Colombia. Check out our photo gallery for more pictures of The Lost City and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter!

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[ 0 ] August 4, 2011

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Pictures of Tayrona National Park - Beaches in Tayrona National Park, Colombia

PICTURES: Tayrona National Park, Colombia

[ 0 ] July 9, 2011

Planning a trip to Tayrona National Park in Colombia? Get ready for beautiful beaches and a jaw-dropping landscape.

Need more info? See where are the best places to stay and how to get there in our travel guide.

Tayrona National Park - Beaches at Tayrona National Park - Fabulous Travel Guide

Tayrona National Park - Beaches at Tayrona National Park - Fabulous Travel Guide

Pictures of Tayrona National Park - Beaches in Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Pictures of Tayrona National Park - Beaches in Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Pictures of Tayrona National Park - Beaches in Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Pictures of Tayrona National Park - Beaches in Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Pictures of Tayrona National Park - Beaches in Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Pictures of Tayrona National Park - Beaches in Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Travelling around ColombiaTaganga is a great base for exploring the Caribbean coast. Hit the beach or learn to scuba dive.  Follow me on Twitter for more updates!

Staying safe in South America - Tips for staying safe - Fabulous Travel Guide

Staying safe in South America

[ 0 ] July 7, 2011

South America is a fantastic place to travel around but you’ll need to have your wits about you if you’re travelling alone.

Read our top tips for staying safe while backpacking around Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.

Staying safe in South America - Tips for staying safe - Fabulous Travel Guide

Staying safe in South America - Tips for staying safe - Fabulous Travel Guide

* Never travel at night

It’s always best to travel during the day – especially when crossing borders or arriving in busy bus terminals. This gives you time to find a hostel and get your bearings.

* Make sure your taxi is authorised

Look for the driver’s I.D and agree a price before you get in.  Lock the doors once you’re inside – it’s not unheard of for muggers to jump in next to you at traffic lights.

* Don’t carry an expensive handbag

Be wary about getting money out in public places and use an inexpensive bag that you can wear across the body so it’s not as easy to snatch. Take enough money for the day and leave your passport and wallet in the hostel.

* Be careful where you withdraw money

Where possible, withdraw cash from inside a bank. Cloning cards is a common occurance in some places so avoid using cashpoints in dodgy areas and don´t go near them at night.

*Don´t fight back

If you´re unlucky enough to be targeted by thieves, stay calm and cooperate. Never resist or fight back and give them everything they ask for. Don´t be clever by giving them the wrong pin number – it’s simply not worth it.

* Cover up

It’s fine to wear tiny shorts to the beach – but make sure you dress respectably in large towns and cities. Otherwise you’ll attract unwanted attention – not something to be doing when you’re travelling alone.

* Don’t leave valuables in your backpack

You’re usually asked to leave your backpack under the bus on long journeys so carry anything of value  (such as passport, wallet, credit card etc) with you. Don´t put your bag under the seat as it can be taken (or cut open) when you’re sleeping. The best thing to do is put your passport and cash in a money belt under your clothes.

*Trust your instincts

Look around you – if shops are boarded up and there’s not much street lighting, leave immediately. Even in broad daylight you are an easy target. Don’t wander into quiet areas on your own and if you ever feel vulnerable get straight in a taxi.

TOP TIP Some girls carry pepper spray with them for protection. It may seem a little extreme but if you’re getting hassled by anyone it will give you time to make a swift exit.

Planning a trip to South America? Find out how to bag cheap flights and  get tips on crossing borders safely. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for more updates!

The Lost City trek, Colombia - Pictures of The Lost City trek - Fabulous Travel Guide

PICTURES The Lost City trek in Colombia 2011

[ 2 ] July 5, 2011

Want to see pictures of the Lost City trek in Colombia? Check out our photo gallery and start planning your trip!

PICTURES: Lost City trek, Colombia

See pictures of The Lost City trek in Colombia in our photo gallery. Book a 5-day trek to Ciudad Perdida in Colombia and visit indiginous villages and ancient ruins.

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Looking for more things to do in Colombia? Visit Tayrona National Park and learn to scuba dive in Taganga. Plan your trip to South America here.

Cartagena travel guide - Best restaurants in Cartagena, Colombia - Fabulous Travel Guide

Where to eat in Cartagena, Colombia

[ 1 ] July 1, 2011

Looking for good restaurants in Cartagena? We’ve hunted down the best places to eat, from sunny street cafés to delicious pizza joints.

Cartagena travel guide - Best restaurants in Cartagena, Colombia - Fabulous Travel Guide

Cartagena travel guide - Best restaurants in Cartagena, Colombia - Fabulous Travel Guide

* Media Luna café

Located next door to Media Luna hostel, this restaurant serves up great pasta, large pizzas and cheap breakfasts. Service tends to be slow but guests at the hostel receive 10% off.

This tongue-in-cheek restaurant is a great choice for those who like big portions and a quirky vibe. Go for the spicy lamb curry, nachos or the beef pie.

* Café  Lunatico

With the slogan ‘Made with crazy love’, this cosy little café prides itself on homecooked food served with a smile. Try the Thai cuisine or keep it simple with a big salad and chicken wrap.

* Pizza Reine

This pizza joint, located in the old town, is easily missed so keep your eyes peeled. Don’t leave without trying the chocolate, strawberry and cheese pizza and the Thai chicken.

* Café  del Mar

Watch the sun sink below the horizon as you sip beers on terrace. Get down there early to grab a good seat.

Looking for more things to do in Colombia? Check out the Lost City trek and visit the beautiful beaches of Tayrona National Park.

The Lost City trek in Colombia - Ciudad Perdida, Colombia - Fabulous Travel Guide

Discover The Lost City in Colombia

[ 5 ] June 23, 2011

The Lost City trek is one of Colombia’s best-kept secrets – a 5 day hike that winds its way through indiginous villages, rumbling waterfalls and tropical jungle.

When you’re not waist-deep in water, you’re clambering up steep cliff faces, sludging through orange mud and eating fresh fruit on the mountainside.  Finally you’ll reach Ciudad Perdida – an abandoned city carved into the mountainside.

The Lost City trek in Colombia - Ciudad Perdida, Colombia - Pictures of the Lost City in Colombia -Fabulous Travel Guide

The Lost City trek in Colombia - Ciudad Perdida, Colombia - Fabulous Travel Guide

What to expect

While it may not be as gob-smackingly beautiful as Machu Picchu,  it’s still an astonishing site. You’ll spend the afternoon wandering around moss-covered plazas, hidden ruins and a net of tiled roads. It’s eerily quiet and strangely peaceful – quite the opposite of the Inca Trail.

The Lost City, Colombia - Ciudad Perdida, Colombia - Fabulous Travel Guide

The Lost City, Colombia - Ciudad Perdida, Colombia - Fabulous Travel Guide

Expect tonnes of mosquitoes, plenty of rain and slippery trails. You’ll be sleeping in hammocks so strong insect repellent and warm clothes are a must. TOP TIP: Pack plenty of socks – there’s nothing worse than having damp feet!

Booking your trek

You can book The Lost City trek in either Santa Marta or Taganga. Tour operators will offer hostel pickup and return transportation to Teyuna. Prices cost from 500,000 cops (£170) – and you can choose whether you do 4, 5 or 6 days .

Find out the history of Ciudad Perdida and check out our photo gallery! Looking for more things to do in Colombia? Visit Tayrona National Park and learn to scuba dive in Taganga.

Best restaurants in Taganga, Colombia - Places to eat in Taganga - Fabulous Travel Guide

Best restaurants in Taganga, Colombia

[ 0 ] June 5, 2011

Planning a trip to Taganga in Colombia? Make sure you dine out at the best places in town by following our guide.

Whether it’s cerviche on the beach, freshly-baked brownies or filet mignon, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Read on to see which restaurants made the final cut…

Café Bonsai in Taganga, Colombia - Best restaurants in Taganga - Pictures of Café Bonsai - Fabulous Travel Guide

Café Bonsai in Taganga, Colombia - Best restaurants in Taganga - Fabulous Travel Guide

* Café Bonsai

Need your coffee fix? Café Bonsai is a breath of fresh air in this little town.  It may be a little pricier than its neighbours but the vast array of tea and coffee, stuffed olives and freshly-baked baguettes make it worth while. They also hold nightly barbecues.

* Pacha Mama

Fancy chilling out under the stars with a cocktail or two? Pacha Mama has a great atmosphere with live music, a great menu and cosy tables. Choose from grilled chicken skewers, fich cakes or shrimp. Make sure you get there early or it will take forever to get served!

* TOP PICK: Casa Felipe

You’ll be blown away by the food at Casa Felipe. The chef here is brilliant and goes beyond the call of duty to satisfy his customers. The filet mignon in a rich red wine sauce is to die for – and make sure you try the thai green curry, seafod pasta and delicious chocolate brownie.

* Pizza Rey

Looking for a cheap bite to eat? Pizza Rey isn’t much to look at (just basic tables and chairs with cats and dogs asleep under them) but the pizza here is cooked to perfection. A one-person pizza is just 6,000 (£2) and you can choose your toppings.

Fancy a snack on the beach? Look out for the guy selling cups of shrimp mixed with salsa, mayonaise, lime, salt and onions (from 5,000).

Looking for more things to in Taganga? Get your PADI dive certificate on the cheap or visit Tayrona National Park!

Aquantis Dive School in Taganga - Scuba diving in Colombia - Fabulous Travel Guide

Learn to scuba dive in Taganga, Colombia

[ 5 ] April 17, 2011

Want to learn to scuba dive? Taganga, a tiny fishing village on the north coast of Colombia, is home to some of the cheapest dive schools in South America and travellers flock here in their droves.

It costs from just 580,000 cops (£198) to do your PADI and if you’ve already got your certificate you can enjoy fun dives from as little as 120,000 cops (£40). This includes equipment, guides, transportation and snacks on the boat.

Aquantis Dive School in Taganga - Scuba diving in Colombia - Fabulous Travel Guide

Aquantis Dive School in Taganga - Scuba diving in Colombia - Fabulous Travel Guide

We loved Aquantis Dive School (pictured above) for its friendly staff and professional attitude. It may cost a little more than other companies in Taganga but it prides itself on small groups and good instructors.

TOP TIP If you haven’t dived in a while you’ll need to take a refresher course. This usually involves watching a video, reading up on relevant material and having an instructor present when you dive.

Looking for more things to do in Colombia? Sleep in hammocks at Tayrona National Park or go snorkelling in Playa Blanca.

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