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Colombia travel tip #1: Spend at least 1 day in the capital city of Bogota, and make sure to do the free walking tour while there. The city is rich in culture and history; a walking tour is a great way to learn more about it. For those who are a little more adventurous, there’s also a bike tour, but it’s not free.

Colombia travel tip #2: Explore the coffee region. Colombia is one of the world’s leading producers of coffee and the areas outside of the village of Salento are full of coffee estates. I did a tour at the El Ocaso coffee farm and not only got to sample local brews, but also take in the lush scenery.

Colombia travel tip #3: A stay in Cartagena is a must for any Colombia itinerary. While there, make sure you stop for a chat with a “Palenquera”, the colourfully dressed sistahs you’ll find milling about the historic center. It’s a prime opportunity to connect with folks from the diaspora and also a nice photo op. Make sure you support their hustle by giving them a couple of dollars for their time. Do you try to make an effort to engage with local people when you travel? Why or why not?

Colombia travel tip #4: When in Cartagena, make sure you leave the beach and the historic center! My suggestion is to head to the San Felipe de Barajas fortress. Perched atop the San Lazaro hill, it provides the best views of the city! Here I am getting my #blackgirlmagic on...

Colombia travel tip #5: Eat ALL of the local Colombian food! While it may be tempting to get that cup of joe from Starbucks, indulging in local fare definitely has its benefits. For one, it’s more authentic, and for two, it’s way cheaper! I got this whole plate of food at a small restaurant in Salento for under $2 USD, AND it included a starter that isn’t pictured!

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