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Traveling in Colombia: The Best Moments

When I decided to take a 2.5-week solo trip to Colombia, I wanted to pack in as much variety as possible. Cities and rural areas, destinations for both locals and international travelers. And I wanted to do it on a budget — not a shoestring, but enough of a budget to save money while still staying in [...]

When I decided to take a 2.5-week solo trip to Colombia, I wanted to pack in as much variety as possible. Cities and rural areas, destinations for both locals and international travelers. And I wanted to do it on a budget — not a shoestring, but enough of a budget to save money while still staying in private rooms, going on tours, and taking occasional flights to save hours of travel.
My first trip took me from Cartagena to Medellín, Salento, and Bogotá, with side trips to Guatapé, El Peñol, the Valle del Cocora, and Zipaquirá. This wasn’t quite what I originally envisioned — I had hopes of exploring more of the Caribbean coast, but August’s storms and humidity had me scrap the rest of the Caribbean coast and head to the mountains instead.
Even so, I feel like I got the perfect first-timer’s overview of Colombia. I’d love to kick off my Colombia coverage by sharing my favorite moments with you.

Learning About All the Colombian Fruits in Medellín
Colombia has some of the greatest fruit diversity in the world — who knew" Here you’ll soon discover carts piled with tons of fruits you won’t recognize. On my trip to Guatapé, I stared at the strange brown produce our driver gave us until I tore one apart and discovered the lightest, sweetest passionfruit: my first granadilla. The best way to get to know these fruits" Take a fruit tour! Real City Tours in Medellín has a wonderful fruit tour in the Miraflores market, a place where very few gringos venture (and where taxi driver may refuse to take you, saying the neighborhood is un poquito peligroso. Have them take you anyway; it’s okay because you’re with a local guide).
This tour was one of the best things I did in Colombia because I used my newfound knowledge on every remaining day of the trip. Soon I was at fruit stands picking out my own tomates de arbol (tree tomatoes), bringing home dark green feijoas for breakfast the next morning, and drinking sweet and sour lulo juice every day.
Real City Tours offers their exotic fruits tour for 40,000 COP ($14 USD). Sign up online in advance. Remember to tip your guide. I recommend going downstairs in the market for some sancocho de pescado (fish soup) with avocado afterward.

Hiking through the Valle del Cocora
All I knew about the Valle del Cocora was that it was full of super-tall palm trees. There wasn’t much more information than that in my guidebook or online, so I decided to wing it, hopping into a jeep on Salento’s plaza and hoping there would at least be a toilet there.
Turns out I didn’t need to worry — there were plenty of facilities there, ...
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