Colombian Coffee Triangle

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I’m not a huge fan of the old bucket list. I’m not the kind of traveller who likes to cross things off my to-do list when I visit a new part of the world. I like to take things slow. I like to meet people and learn about a places in time, rather than just pass through with a camera to take photos of all the local landmarks.

Travel, for me, is about learning and appreciating difference: in landscapes, in people, in local customs and in food. Next month I’ll be heading back to Colombia and there are so many things I want to do while I’m there. Rather than being a bucket list, though, I guess this is more just a personal reminder of some of the things I’d like to do while in the country. What do you think? What else should I add to the list?

Here goes, here’s my Colombia bucket list:

1. Climb the 659 steps to the top of El Penol, Guatape

Colombia Bucket List

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2. Brew my own cup of coffee in the Coffee Region and meet the people who make that possible

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3. Visit Salento and cycle through the old town

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4. Do the Bogota Graffiti Tour and learn about the local artists who bring colour, vibrancy and political history to the streets of the city

Bogota Graffiti Tour

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5. Have a chocolate completo at La Puerta Falsa

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6. Visit Lake Guatavita, where the story about El Dorado originates

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7. Visit the Paloquemao Markets in Bogota

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8. Meet up with some of fellow bloggers in Colombia

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9. Hike through the Wax Palm landscapes in Quindio

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10. Take a trip on the cable carts of Medellin and learn about the outskirts of this growing city


11. Explore the old city of Cartagena

Things to do in Cartagena

12. Do a tour of the mangroves in Cartagena

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13. Visit the Rosario Islands and Baru

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14. Learn more about the history of Santa Marta

Places to visit in Colombia - Simon Bolivar Memorial Monument

15. Visit Playa Cristal

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16. Walk to the top of Monserrate


17. Buy myself a ruana (a Colombian poncho)

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18. Eat as many different types of arepas as humanly possible

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19. Drink as many tropical fruit juices as humanly possible

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20. Visit the Cristobal Colon theatre in Bogota

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What else should be added to my Colombia bucket list? Share your tips and ideas with me in the comments section below. I’d love to hear what you think I should add.