• Colombia,  Food / Drinks,  South America,  Travel

    Manizales

    A city built in ridgelines with steep slopes, Manizales has more beautiful churches in one precinct than any other city that I've been to in Colombia. Founded on 12th October 1849 by settlers from Antioquia, this place is like mini Medellin with a variety of shopping centres, nightlife (Thursday ~ Sunday) and it has a subtropical climate with year-round monthly temperatures around 16.5°C.

  • Colombia,  Food / Drinks,  South America,  Travel

    Santa Rosa de Cabal

    Founded in 1844, Santa Rosa de Cabal is a lovely town located about 40km away from Manizales, and 15km away from Pereira. This town, which is well-known for its Chorizo and Hot Springs is located at an altitude of 1,715 meters above sea level and with an average temperature of 19 °C. There are two famous hot springs in this place - Termales de Santa Rosa de Cabal and also Thermal Reserve San Vicente. Having only a night in this place, we only managed to go to one of the hot spring, San Vicente.

  • Colombia,  Food / Drinks,  South America,  Travel

    Salento

    Founded in 1842, Salento is a small town located 24km east of Armenia. It's a well-known tourist destination for its beautiful nature, the striking colour of its colonial building, famous for its coffee production and trout farming. The town located at an altitude of 1,895 meters above sea level, and during our stay of four days three nights, the daily lowest temperature was about 15°C and highest around 25°C.

  • Colombia,  Food / Drinks,  South America,  Travel

    Eating and Drinking in Acacias

    Acacias is about 130km away from Bogota with the daily average temperature ranging from 22°C to 32°C. It's another perfect place to get away from the cold weather in Bogota, as well as eating Mamona, the typical flavour of the Meta. Besides Mike and I, his works colleague, Phil also joined us in this four days three nights trip.

  • Colombia,  Food / Drinks,  South America,  Travel

    Eating and Drinking in Medellín

    Medellin is the second largest city in Colombia after Bogota. With the population of 2.5million; 8 million in Bogota. This city often referred to as the City of Eternal Spring due to the temperature close to Springs weather, with daily temperatures ranging from a minimum of about 16°C to a maximum of 28°C. The flight time to Medellin from Bogota only take less than an hour.

  • Food / Drinks,  Guatemala,  North America,  Travel

    Guatemala City

    After staying here in this beautiful Lake Atitlan for a week and got used to the beautiful landscape, it was hard to say goodbye. But we must move on in our life, and there would be a new place and a new journey in future that would probably be as exciting as this one. Yesterday we bought the bus ticket at Nexway Travel that’s including a boat ride for the cost of $23 per person. They told us to get to the boat by 8 am, and to be at Magic Travel by 9 am for the bus ride. When we got to the boat at 7:50 am, we didn’t…

  • Food / Drinks,  Guatemala,  North America,  Travel

    San Pedro & Santa Cruz

    The boat from San Marcos to San Pedro only took nine minutes with the cost of 10 GTQ per person, and this time it didn’t stop anywhere else. When we got to Hostal Mi Cabana at 11:20 am, the room that we booked yesterday was ready for us. Trev had already got himself settled and waiting for us. Hostal Mi Cabana The lady who also took care of the Jewellery and Art Gallery took us to our room. We chose to pay for the accommodation in Quetzal instead of dollars, and for a night stay without breakfast, it cost 200 GTQ for the two of us. When I first saw…

  • Food / Drinks,  Guatemala,  North America,  Travel

    Walking from San Marcos to San Pedro

    Hiking without a guide or walking between villages is generally not recommended for safety reasons, except between the route from San Marcos to San Pedro. Taking a boat is much safer, and the cost for one way should not cost more than GTQ 25 to any of the towns around the lake. But for people like us who craves for an adventure, taking a boat doesn’t seem appeal to us. Yesterday’s walk failed because we have a program and had set a time limit. It was different this time as we didn’t care about the time. However, we did plan to have a swim at Las Cristalinas on the way…

  • Food / Drinks,  Guatemala,  North America,  Travel

    San Marcos La Laguna

    San Marcos is one of the places where you can have your picture taken up close with the landscape of Atitlán’s three volcanoes, San Pedro, Atitlan and the double-coned summit of Tolimán. I couldn’t wait to get over there, so early morning at about 10 am we checked out from the hotel but not before saying goodbye to Cookie, the guard dog in Hotel Victoria. It was easy to get the boat as there’s no queue to it. The ride cost 25 GTQ per person, and we stopped at Santa Cruz and other places around the lake before reaching San Marcos after 25 minutes journey. As soon as we disembarked…

  • Food / Drinks,  Guatemala,  North America,  Travel

    Panajachel Guatemala

    The next day it’s time to leave this beautiful town, Antigua to Panajachel. Our van supposed to depart at 12:30 noon but until 1 pm we’re still waiting for it at the Yellow House Hotel y Agencia de Viajes. Fortunately, while waiting for our ride to come, they allowed us to use their wifi. We sat on the roof admiring the view for one last time. By 1:22 pm, it’s finally arrived. We didn’t get to choose our seats because when we got on the van, we were the last two passengers to get on it. We got the very last seats at the back on the left side. I…

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