Colombia Travel

The departamentos (provinces or states) of Colombia. (Map courtesy

As expat residents of Colombia, we are constantly in awe of this spectacular country. We never tire of the breathtaking natural beauty, charming small towns, and kind, generous people.

Here are all the blog links for our Colombia travel, to date. We’ve only scratched the surface of everything Colombia has to offer!

Colombia’s Pueblos Patrimonios

The Colombian government has designated 17 colonial cities as Pueblos Patrimonios (Heritage Towns) in honor of their historical significance, beautifully preserved architecture, and unique cultural heritage. We’re on a mission to visit them all!

Here are the 17 Pueblos Patrimonios (including blog links to the ones we’ve visited so far):
Aguadas, Barichara, Ciénaga, Jardín, Guadalajara de Buga, Jericó, Monguí, Honda, Playa de Belén, Salamina, San Juan Girón, Villa de Guaduas, Santa Cruz de Lorica, Santa Cruz de Mompox, Villa de Leyva, Socorro, Santa Fe de Antioquia

Medellín Adventures

Beautiful Medellín, Colombia’s third-largest city, was our home for two years after moving from Panamá in 2018 (we now live in El Retiro, a small town about 45 minutes out of the city). Medellín is also a world-class tourist destination with outstanding museums, plenty of exciting outdoor activities, and fascinating neighborhoods to explore.

Medellín: A Miracle City
Impressions from our first visit to Medellin in 2016.

Soaring Above Medellin
Paragliding! Everyone should try it at least once, and Medellín is known for it.

Electric Stairs and Public Art
Impressions of our first visit to Medellín’s iconic Comuna 13 neighborhood.

The Feria de las Flores
Medellín’s largest and most famous festival has downsized and changed its format since the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic. We were lucky enough to experience it in its full glory in 2019.

Some entries in the “monumental” category at Medellin’s Ferria de las Flores


Rediscovering Comuna 13
In late 2019 we posted this update after revisiting one of Medellín’s most famous barrios – known for its street art and community revitalization.

A Barrio Transformation in Medellin
We were deeply affected by our tour of a Medellín neighborhood that has made a startling transformation from trash dump to safe and vibrant community. This turned out to be one of our most popular posts, ever.

Mural of boy pointing in Moravia, Medellin

A Day Hike Near Medellín
You don’t have to go far outside the city to get a dose of nature. This hike was just what the doctor ordered after months of Covid lockdown.

Touring Medellín’s Barrio La Sierra
Another outstanding visit to a neighborhood that has overcome much and is now building a hopeful future.
street art in Barrio La Sierra

Other Colombia Travel

Colorful Concepción

Isla San Andres: An Off-the-Radar Gem

Charming Guatapé, Colombia

Colombia Towns Worth a Visit: Road Trip 2021

Zipaquirá and The World-Famous Salt Cathedral

Beautiful Bucaramanga

Doradal: The Santorini of Colombia

Colombia’s Wax Palms: A Visit to the Zona Cafetera

Colombia’s Caribbean Coast

Cartagena Out in the Open

Cartagena Street Art Walking Tour

El Carmen de Viboral: A Tradition of Ceramic Artisans

Barbosa, Antioquia

San Rafael and San Carlos

A Visit to a Colombian Flower Finca

Santa Fe de Antioquia: A Colombian Gem

Bogotá, Colombia: 7 Cool Things to Do and See

The Vibrant Street Art of Bogota

Two Must-Visit Museums in Bogota

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  1. We have only done one quick day visit to Cartagena but Columbia has been on our list to re-visit one day. I would love to see more of these Pueblos Patrimonios. I love all the outdoor options. And the colour in the buildings and street art are a big draw for us. A great resource here for planning our trip.

    • John and Susan Pazera Reply

      Thanks, Linda – hope you make it back to Colombia someday. It’s a treasure trove of adventures! Let us know if we can answer any questions about travel here.

  2. I am so fascinated by your blog and your experience in Colombia. I’m slowly making my way from Mexico to Antarctica and will hopefully be in Colombia this summer. I’ve heard so many good things about it. Your blog is so useful for me.

    • John and Susan Pazera Reply

      That sounds like an awesome trip, and glad you’ll spend some time in Colombia! Let us know if we can answer any questions about this amazing country.

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