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Colombia's Coffee Triangle: Pereira, Manizales and Armenia

To the average consumer, coffee can be found in aisle 3 at the local supermarket. Some know it grows on some sort of tree, and most people need it to help start their day. 

But if you ever feel the urge to know the origin of your morning cup of Joe, a visit to The Coffee Triangle of Colombia is much more fun and informative than reading a Wikipedia page. You would see not only where much of the world’s best coffee comes from, but a beautiful tropical region with proud people and little crime.

After travel safety concerns in the past have been resolved, Columbia has made their slogan “The only risk is wanting to stay.” As I was about to find out, they were right. Read more...

Expoartesanias: Serious Shopping in Bogota, Colombia

But in Bogotá during its Expoartesanías in December, a massive annual handicrafts fair sponsored by Artesanías de Colombia, a more appropriate slogan would be “Bogotá: The Only Risk is Wanting to Shop.”

For nearly 20 years the feria, as it’s known, has brought the extraordinary cultural diversity that is Colombia to Bogotá – literally. The Colombian government provides travel and accommodations assistance so that artisans from remote indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities can come to the capital city for the two-week long event and sell their wares. Read more....

Colombian horse and buggy
colombian horse and buggy

Colombia: Cartagena's Carousel of Carousing

Three years after my first visit, Cartagena, Colombia hadn’t changed an iota, still sitting pretty in pastel as South America’s party carousel, honeymoon carousal, and emerald capital.

First place I’ve ever returned to that remained an exact clone of its former self, eternal Cartagena, city of dizzying beaches, bays, canals, islands, and copious pulchritude in architecture, gemstones, and femininity. Think San Francisco with decent beaches, whisked to the Caribbean. Read more...


Read more GoNOMAD stories about Colombia:

La Manigua Botanic Garden: The Beauty and Mystery of Colombia’s Pacific Coast

Providencia, Colombia: A Guide for 'Making Lazy'

Colombia: Hiking to the Lost City of Teyuan

Colombia's Pacific Coast: Wild and Disconnected

Medellin, Colombia: From Fear to Hope

Cartagena and Medellin, Colombia: No Fears!

Bogota, Colombia: Progress and Promise


A portico in Cartagena, Colombia. Photo by David Rich. Click on image to return to David
Colombia: Bogota, Pereira and Cartagena de Indias a photo gallery by Paul Shoul Grilled meats
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A horse-drawn wagon in Cartagena, Colombia Colombia: Cartagena's Carousel of Carousing
The Faces of Medellin, Colombia Photographs by Paul Shoul
Even the trees make you lazy in Providencia, Colombia. photos by Mark Robertson
Billiards hall in Medellin, Colombia. EscobarAs grave emanated a respectful silence despite
The Faces of Medellin, Colombia - Page Two Photographs by Paul Shoul
The Faces of Medellin, Colombia - Page Three Photographs by Paul Shoul
White sand and blue waters in Isla Baru, near Cartagena Colombia. photos by Nikki Vargas
A two-toed sloth at La Manigua Botanic Garden on the Pacific Coast of Colombia. Photo
Swinging in a Cartagena, Colombia bar. Photos by William Karz. AYouAre going
The hot lips plant at La Manigua Botanic Garden on the Pacific Coast of Colombia. Photo
The endangered Baudo Guan at La Manigua Botanic Garden on the Pacific Coast of Colombia
The Jesus Christ lizard at La Manigua Botanic Garden on the Pacific Coast of Colombia

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