COLOMBIA TRAVEL GUIDE: Bogotá, Guasca, Cartagena, Baru, Tayrona and Palomino

Colombia has been in my bucket list for so long and I can’t believe that in year living with a virus and where things have been so different, bizard and unreal it worked out. I’m grateful for the beautiful human beings that shared this trip with me and everything learned plus lived.

SCREENSHOT THIS PART AS THIS MAY GET LONG FOR YOU:

  • BEST RESTAURANTS:
    • BOGOTA:
      • OSK PERU
      • A MANO
    • CARTAGENA:
      • MISTURA
      • LA UNICA
    • TAYRONA:
      • CASA ORIGEN
      • CASA TAYRONA
  • BEST BEACH CLUBS:
    • ETEKA BEACH CLUB (CARTAGENA)
    • NAMASTE (CARTAGENA)
  • BEST HOTELS:
    • CARTAGENA:
      • BASTION
      • SANTA CLARA
    • TAYRONA
      • CASA ORIGEN
      • CASA TAYRONA

I’ve created this map that will take you to all the restaurants and attractions that I visited in my trip.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=1l5zl-Oeb8Sd7HsyTV-HPJU6yvSaYDFT-&ll=10.428262562283791%2C-75.54739403894848&z=20

Colombia guide map

It’s color coded in the following way:

  • Red: restaurants
  • Blue: museums
  • Yellow: hotels
  • Green: beach clubs

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Day 1: MADRID-BOGOTÁ

I landed on Thursday March 25th at 7:30 pm in Bogotá. Excited, motivated and nervous. Will I be able to exit the border control? What if the Colombian security guard doesn’t allow me enter inside the country because of the increment of covid-cases? Luckily, I had no problems entering in Bogotá. After a long 9 hour flight, I went for dinner to Osk Peru with my Colombian friend. This restaurant was my favorite of the entire trip due to the combination of delicious food, fast service and great ambiance. We tried several maki rolls, hand rolls and their butter cod fish platter served with Peruvian mashed potatoes.

Eal hand roll
Cod fish

I fell asleep immediately after dinner and woke up the next day around 5 am jet lagged. After moving forward, backward, left and right in the bed, I decided to go downstairs to my friend’s yoga studio for a 6 am slow flow yoga practice.

Yoga studio in Bogotá

I stretched, tried new poses and recorded some videos for WORLDTRAVELLFOODIE.

Flamingo try pose
Yoga studio in Bogotá
Yoga studio in Bogotá

I then went upstairs for breakfast (my favorite meal of the day!). We had a typical Colombian breakfast which included the famous Lulo juice (Lulo is a fruit that only exists in Colombia), granada blanca, avocados that weighed 8kg and where four times bigger than the ones I was used to eat in Spain, yuka arepas and cheese purpusas.

Colombian breakfast
Orange juice and Lulo juice
Granada blanca
Bogotá

Later in the day we went to Montserrate for a hike.

We also visited the Botero Museum.

Botero museum

And had lunch in Andres de Carne de Rias. They serve the best meat, corn and sides in town! Apparently, before Covid, this restaurant used to be the place to go for dinner on weekends for the great music and atmosphere.

Colombian corn

That same night we had dinner in Rokko Asian Table and met friends for drinks :).

Day 2: GUASCA

We drive for two hours to Guasca, in the north of Bogotá and reached to a beautiful restaurant named A mano.

Josefina ❤
Cheese croquettes with jams
Shoutout to this chef!
Squad
Cheesecake

Later in the day, we went for plant picking.

Day 3: CARTAGENA DE INDIAS

The next day we flied from Bogotá to Cartagena. I was excited to be able to walk in summer clothes.

Cartagena

We walked around the colourful streets and had dinner in La Unica.

Fruits trolley
Tuna tacos in La Unica
Beef tacos in La Unica

DAY 4: CARTAGENA: Eteka beach club and Mistura

Our day began in Isla Tierra Bomba in a beach club named Eteka. We reserved these tickets with a month of anticipation. To arrive to Eteka, we took a cab from Cartagena to the Muralla beach and from there the Eteka boat to Eteka.

We had a typical Colombian dish for lunch: coconut rice and Mojarra (white fried fish).

Isla Tierra Bomba

And we ended the day in a beautiful Japanese named Mistura.

Mistura

DAY 5: BARU

We drived to Baru island, also called Isla Playa Blanca which means white sand island in Spanish. It took us one hour aprox.

DAY 6: CARTAGENA:

We cabbed to the beach near the Muralla and went to another beach club in Isla Tierra Bomba named Namasté.

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We had Patacones (friend bananas), Mujara (white fish) and coconut rice.

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DAY 7: SANTA MARTA, TAYRONA

We left Cartagena on Thursday morning and drived for four hours to Tayrona. We stayed in a beautiful hotel named Casa Origen for the next days.

Colombian lunch
Hunting coconuts
Massage
Casa Origen Los Naranjos
Casa Origen Los Naranjos
Tayrona, Santa Marta
Casa Origen Los Naranjos
Casa Origen Los Naranjos
Casa Origen Los Naranjos
Casa Origen Los Naranjos
Casa Origen Los Naranjos
Casa Origen Los Naranjos

DAY 10: PALOMINO

Our day started with a nutritious breakfast prior to a 5 hour hike and floatie ride from the top of Palomino to the gate of Tayrona.

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Proud of my best friend for being able to survive the hike!

Leaving Colombia and going back to routine life in Madrid has been incredibly difficult! Before travelling to Colombia, many people approached me saying how dangerous this trip can be or how careful I should be. However, witnessing Colombia taught me about abolishing any negative thoughts either from media or directly from people before living the experience. Since we grow up in a society where we are influenced by external factors that can block us form committing decisions, THE BEST IS TO NEVER BELIEVE SOMETHING WITHOUT EXPERIENCING IT FIRST.


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