TWT Travel Binder: Colombia

After we watched Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations episode on Colombia, we were surprised to find ourselves pining for the beaches of Medellín, the romantic, vine-draped courtyards of Cartagena, and the art, design and restaurants of Bogotá. We’ll get there someday, but for now…Here are some resources to help you plan your own “travels with two” to Colombia.


Official Tourism Guide
National Geographic
New York Times
Anthony Bourdain
Globe Trekker
Natural Parks of Colombia

Budget Travel search results
NGT’s Intelligent Travel: My Favorite Colombian Sweet
Condé Nast Traveller: Bad Reputation, Great Destination: Bogotá
Condé Nast Traveller: Cartagena: Sleeping Beauty
Travel + Leisure: Cartagena, A Hidden Retreat
New York Magazine: Shake Your Hips in Cartagena
New York Magazine: Romance the Past in Bogotá
Got Saga: 6 Incredible Places in Colombia That You’ve Probably Never Heard of Before

Santuario de las Lajas, Ipiales, Colombia - photo by Carlos Adampol Galindo

Medellin Living
Almost Fearless

Cartegena - photo by Ho Visto Nina Volare

Places to Stay
South Travels
Colombia Link


Travel Agents & Tours
Geographic Expeditions
Big Five Tours & Expeditions
Mantaraya Travel
Tours of Colombia
Tours by Locals

Have a Colombia tip, story, or blog post you’d like to share?


  1. Nice post: practical and pretty. Great map. Love the links to articles and blogs in one convenient place. Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena are high on my list of places to visit as well, and I’m saving this information for when it’s time to seriously plan and book. Thank you!

  2. Wow, lots of great tips. I’ve only been to Brazil, nowhere else in South America, but now I’m dying for some Columbian action 🙂

    Thanks for the map too – dunno why, but I always find this useful as a visual reference.

  3. Mitzyli and Andy, thank you! I have Binders on dozens of countries and almost all five U.S. states — and believe me, the maps help me every bit as much as I hope they’ll help other travelers. I’m always amazed how much geography I’ve forgotten since school…

  4. I keep notes on places I plan to visit when I read articles about them, or speak to people who have visted there. My notes on Columbia, if anyone is interested:

    Neighborhood: Zona Rosa

    Do: bike on Sunday, Botero Museum, funicular to Monserate, Salt Cathedral, Museo del Oro, Usaquen Flea Market (Sundays),

    Eat: Estrella de los Rios (owner only let’s you in is she likes you), Bogota Beer Compant (burgers), Casa Vieja, El Envigadeno, La Sociedad

    Hotel: Abadaia Colonial ($110), Hotel Andino Royal ($200), Hotel de la Opera ($150),

    Hotel: NOW ($155),

    Hotel: *Tcherassi Hotel, Casa Lola

    Bar: Cafe Havaba (dive), El Coro (Sofitel),

    Do: Park Tayrona for hiking, Casa Lola, speedboat to The Rosario Islands,

    Eat: Restaurant Don Juan, Le Cevicheria,

  5. Mitzyli, thank you so much for posting your Colombia notes — you’re a traveler after my own heart!

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