Extending a Colombian tourist visa

Months ago, before moving back to Colombia,  I had researched how to renew a tourist visa in Medellin. Several other travellers and friends had told me that after 90 days in the country without some sort of permanent residency card or work/student visa, you would have to leave the country in order to stay any…

El Mariposario and Parque Arví

Just beyond the city, but still within reach of the metro, there's a nature reserve where you can learn about the unique ecology of Colombia. Parque Arví and the Ecological Park inside are a great way to escape the rush of Medellín and to learn something new. Getting there Take the metro to Acevedo and…

How to travel by bus in Colombia

Even with airfare so low, taking the bus is still the most economical option for inter-city travel in most cases. It does have the downside of a long time spent en camino, though several Colombians tell me this is the upside to traveling by bus- more time to see the beautiful countryside. I'd still rather…

How to be polite: Saludos

Good morning to all our friends Upon visiting Colombia, one of the first things travellers notice is how important it is to greet everyone you meet. Hola (hello) is okay to use, but it's better and a lot more common to hear buenos días (good morning), buenas tardes (good afternoon), or buenas noches (good evening/night). Each time you…