Key Largo

Measuring about 50km long, Key Largo is the largest island of the keys, and the name originates from the Spanish Cayo Largo – Long Key. This island is a great place to appreciate nature, with the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Everglades National Park and the Dolphins lagoon nearby. Located about 112km from where we first touched down in South Beach Miami, we stopped for three nights on this island on our journey to Key West.

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Sol Muisca Villa De Leyva

Located about 4.7km away from the town, and situated opposite the Stonehenge of Colombia or also known as “El Infiernito“, Sol Muisca is a place where one can learn more about the Muisca culture through a guided tour. The Muiscas is an indigenous people of the Central Americas, and they are one of the four advanced civilizations besides Aztec, Maya and Incas. This ancient civilization still exists, but the population of the Muisca has drastically decreased in the modern days. Continue reading “Sol Muisca Villa De Leyva”

Casa Terracota

Casa Terracota or also known as The house of the Flintstones is the biggest earthenware in the world. Measuring at 500m², this giant craft built by Octavio Mendoza located about 1.9km away from Plaza Mayor. Constructed by using the four elements – earth, water, fire and air, the architect hopes to promote a harmonies lifestyle with the surrounding environment and also raise awareness about the damages of modern construction to nature. Continue reading “Casa Terracota”

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. Continue reading “Manizales”