Salento and the misty Valle de Cocora!

Today I am going to talk about Salento a little town in the department Quindío.

Salento is almost 1900 metres above sea level and surrounded by mountains. The town counts around 7500 inhabitants and a lot of tourists. Coloured houses, nice little restaurants and bars, shops with handmade jewellery and souvenirs. A quiet but still interesting nightlife with lovely bars that offer live music to enjoy the cold mountain air and have a drink.

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The Colombian coffee culture and chilled out vibes make it a must see. Everything is walkable and has a lot of attractions like hiking, horse riding, paragliding and coffee tasting.

A coffee plantation tour: 1 day

In walking distance of the town there are several coffee farms which offer tours to get to know more about the process of making coffee and the Colombian culture behind it. At the end of the tours there will be served a fresh made coffee from the farm.

Take the chance to buy a bag of coffee to support them. They life from the tours and the tourists. A tour lasts around 1 hour, so plan in advanced which farms you want to visit since there is time for more than one in a day.

Hike at Valle de Cocora: 1 day

To take a picture for you next postcard you have to hopp on a 4×4 jeep at the main square of Salento to the Valle de Cocora. The hike takes around 5 to 6 hours through the green valley passing by the famous wax palms of Quindio, up to the countless viewpoints on the way.  Whether you walk through the misty forest or the sunny valley your camera or phone will be your best friend on the way to capture the mysterious and incomparable beauty you will encounter.

Makes sure to bring: 

  • Hiking shoes
  • Snacks and water
  • Rain jacket
  • A hat and sunglasses
  • Camera or Phone
  • Mosquito spray

You will not get bored even if you decide to stay couple more days at Salento, since the chilled vibe and culture will take you in completely.

How to get to Salento?

There are two main airports nearby. One at Armenia and the other at Pereira. Buses leave from either of the town’s bus terminals and take around 2 hours up the curvy roads. You can catch a bus at the Salento bus terminal located a little out of the city to get back to the airport. The bus tickets are really cheap, if you prefer a more comfortable way with taxi you will have to pay around 150 dollars.

My opinion?

So my opinion at the end? For sure a must do if you are traveling through Colombia. It is not comparable to the main cities like Bogotá, Medellín and Cali or the Caribbean region of Colombia. One of the most beautiful places I have seen in this country. So don’t think long and just book your flight!

 

So thanks a lot for reading my post. I hope it helps and will make your next Colombian trip a great experience.

 

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Road Trip to Montezuma Costa Rica

Hi everyone! First part of my trip!

From Thursday the 11. April till Sunday the 14. April we did a road trip from Costa Rica Tamarindo to Montezuma and Santa Teresa Beach. Today I am going to write about our first stop.

Thursday morning I woke up around 8 o’clock, one hour before school. I started my classes at 9 o’clock and wrote my final exam since I finished my Spanish course that day. At around midday me and my friends were done and headed home to grab our stuff, so we could leave on time around 13.00 pm. So there we were on the road for almost 5 hours to our next stop, the little hippy town Montezuma.

The nature of Costa Rica doesn’t disappoint at all!

On the road adventures

The roads in Costa Rica are not that nice. I would definitely recommend anyone to rent a bigger car like an SUV then just a small regular one. The roads can get really bumpy and together with a strong rain it will be impossible to reach your destination. Midway we had to wait 30 minutes because of street construction but other than that everything was totally fine. Singing, enjoying the view, the beautiful nature makes any road trip a memory.

After 5 hours we arrived at Montezuma and checked in at our hostel right at the BEACH! The hostel offers hammocks to chill and enjoy the sunrise and watch the waves roll in.

Montezuma is not a really big town but has pretty fancy restaurants, bars and a chill vibe. There is not much around.

Hiking to the waterfall

Friday morning we woke up around 8 o’clock got some breakfast and headed out to a little waterfall track near the village. I took us a little hike up through the woods to get there. Tracking shoes might be a good idea since the rocks are sharp and steep.

People climbed up that stones and jumped down from around 8 meters. It was kind of fun to watch, but imagine if something happens out there?

At around 1 o’clock we headed to our next destination Santa Teresa beach to meet some friends, bt first we had to take a swim in the ocean again!

I mean how beautiful is that place?

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Skyscrapers of São Paolo Brazil

I have never seen so many skyscrapers in my entire live!

Hi everyone! My next post is about my Brasil trip!

On our trip through Brazil we stayed for 2 days in São Paolo. With the surrounding neighbourhoods the city counts 30 million inhabitants and is so far the biggest of them all.


São Paulo is also the economic centrum of Brazil and stands out for its traditional architecture. It is for sure worth a weekend trip or 2-3 days visit.

Within walls and buildings there are still a lot of places to explore like parks, shopping malls, restaurants and trendy areas. You like Chinese food? Just visit the Chinatown. You like to party? Just visit the area around the Paulista Avenue! We stayed at a big Airbnb apartment near to all nice parts of the city.

Skyscrapers everywhere!

There are more than 1000 buildings higher than 100 meters, so to really get a view over the city and be able to realize how big this metropolitan city really is, you have to get on top of one of the skyscrapers.

In the centre we managed to take an elevator up the floors to be overwhelmed from the view.
This are pictures we took from up there. I mean how is this even possible? It’s hard to imagine for a Suisse guy like me that cities like this exist. Switzerland has around 9 million inhabitants and this ‘’City’’ over 14 million.

@ivansnz weh had a great time!

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I dived with Sharks!! Wow

Hi everyone! David here with a new post!

So do you guys like diving? I for sure do! So that post is about my dive experience in Colombia and what made me do it!

At my 1 month trip through Colombia I stayed a couple days at Taganga beach at Santa Marta. Right at the Caribbean Ocean and next to the Tayrona Park, it’s the perfect destination to do your dive certificate.

I did my Open Water Dive course at the Reef Sheperd dive center! Best thing I could have done!  http://www.reef-shepherd.com/en/home/  .The prices in Colombia are from another world.

My sister payed for the same course 600 dollars and I spend just 200 dollars for everything! So if you’re planning to do a course, do it in Colombia!

But what made me do it? Why did I decide to dive? In all these years I was never really interested in doing it or trying it out till I went to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. IT CHANGED EVERYTHING!

In my 6 days stay, I spent 4 days at the Island Santa Cruz. Snorkelling, hiking, swimming in the turquoise water, white sand and Iguanas laying around made my trip unforgettable.

Walking by tons of Dive Shops, pictures of the beautiful undersea world and seeing that crystal clear water made me start to wonder, what is there in the depths of the sea? I couldn’t resist and had to do a dive! But wait a second? Without a Dive Certificate it is impossible to go diving right? Wrong!

Most of the Dive Shops at the Galapagos Islands offer Discovery dives that allow you to dive together with a dive instructor to a depth of 12 meters max. So the day finally came and I spend my 170 dollar for my first dive! What an experience.

My first Dive at Galapagos

First we stopped near the actual diving point to do a test dive and get to know all the rules. The team did a pretty awesome job explaining everything I needed to know to feel safe.

After a quick instruction in the water we headed to our diving point and dived.

When I finally got used to the depth and the breathing I started realising the beauty under water, the colours, different fishes and flowers. It is latterly an untouched world.

As we dives deeper and deeper we came by some sharks. GET OUT OF THERE, might be the first thought, but no, you can actually dive with them or lets at least say next to them.

Here are some shots they took from the group of Reef Sharks we saw.

The colours just blew me away and how shiny everything was. It also felt so close. Like I could actually touch them.

So what I realised is, that there is so much more to explore in the world than just what we see every day in our lives. The ocean covers a huge part of the world but you actually don’t even know a lot about it. So if you ever have the chance to dive at Galapagos just do it. It was mesmerizing.

So thanks for reading my blog and I hope to see you again on my channel. I will post a video about my dive soon!

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Roadtrip Brazil and the sold out festival!

Carneiros Beach Brazil

So after São Miguel dos Milagres we drove up and stopped at the Carneiros Beach.

This beach is like all of them really beautiful, but to get in you have to pay an entrance fee to enter through one of the clubs (big restaurants), and inside they want you to stay at their place for the rest of the day.

In the 20 seconds walk to the beach you will be asked 10 times if you want to sit down for a drink , do a boat trip or buy some souvenirs.

It really annoyed me. Since we didn’t eat breakfast we walked around to check for a nice place to fill our stomachs. Finally we found a hotel which offered breakfast. It was delicious!

Strengthened and happier than before we walked up 20 minutes to check the area for a nicer place to stay than our entry restaurant. We finally laid down at a beach bar which was really chilled and stayed the whole afternoon! The water was crystal clear with white sand as far you can see.

Later on we continued our trip to the final destination Maracaipe and Porto de Galinhas. We stayed at a nice hotel right at the beach.

The sold out Festival!…

As soon as we arrived, we went for a walk along the beach,  to get to know the area. So, just a two minute walk from our hotel, there was this huge festival stage. Of course we all wondered what was going on here at night. As soon as we came back to the hotel we immediately checked it and it turned out to be what we thought, a huge festival that started the next day!

So let’s go PARTY GUYS! Don’t think so, it turned out the other way…

There was no single page with available tickets, all sold out. Shocked but still with a good feeling about it, we left our hotel the other night, believing that there must be a ticket switch to buy tickets directly at the festival. We walked around 30 minutes within hundreds of beautiful single girls heading to the festival we desperately wanted to enter. ‘So I am not sure if the girls were all single, but since I was the only one of us without a girlfriend I was kind of daydreaming!

We soon realized that there was no ticket switch or any other way to get our way in to that festival. Over the fence maybe? Running in? Dig a whole? I WAS FREAKING OUT!

The sad ending of the story was, that we didn’t make it in. With a kind of bad mood we went for dinner, drank some bears and that was it. Just heard the music from far away while trying to sleap later that night.

Surfing at Maracaipe, or at least one of us!

The other day it was all better, perfect weather, surfing and enjoying some bears at the beach made our stay worth it. @Ivansnz took some waves while we drank some bears and enjoyed the view.

@ivansnz Surfing those waves like a pro!

Maracaipe has surfboard rentals right at the beach. At Porto de Galinhas which is the town right next to it, you can find a lot of surf stores as well. There will come a video soon about those places!

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Why I loved Quito Ecuador so much!

Why I loved Quito so much!

So, at almost the beginning of my trip I lived for two month in a guest family in Buenos Aires for two month. We were 4 people, my hostparents and one other student from Quito Ecuador, that was studying at a university at that time. So we exchanged numbers and one week later he had to go back to Ecuador over Christmas for 3 month.

Since I travelled through Ecuador I decided to text him. He was amazing. He invited me to live for free in his family’s home for 3 days. The house was huge with 5 dogs, I felt really welcomed.

That they we woke up really early, I had to search my jacket since I normally didn’t need one. Woth all my stuff packed like sun cream, jacket, backpack, sunglasses and water we left with the car for a hike!

Hiking up the hill? No, we took tha cable car!

A good thing to know is that the city Quito is 2850 meters over sea level.

We took a cable car up a mountain and ended up 4050 meters over sea level. NEVER in my life was I that much over sea level. The breathing was kind of hard and the 25 degrees were gone. It was really windy and around 6 degrees Celsius. Luckily I brought my jacket and a pullover with me. We walked around and I took some impressive shots from up there.

You can see over whole Quito witch is the capital of Ecuador.

This is a picture of an active Vulcano!

At night, without a lot of energy left, we went out for dinner and I ordered this huge Empanada von Viento witch means Empanada with Air. Just a small part of it was filled with cheese the rest was empty and covered in sugar, but I actually liked it!

Empanada con Viento, it was delicious!

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One day at Cali Colombia, City of Salsa

A day in Cali!

I rented an apartment near the city centre. That day I woke up around 8 o’clock. I made my breakfast like always, eggs, ham, toasts and a coffee.

I payed 160 dollars for 7 night and my friends almost 400 dollars. So check out https://de.airbnb.com/ if you’re interested in renting an apartment. It is normally even cheaper than a hotel in South America!

At 10 am I met my friends that stayed at the sheraton hotel close by, which was to expensive for my taste. But of course I used there Rooftop Pool!

Hotel Four Points by Sheraton Cali, nice rooms, breakfast and near to all the good streets, with bars, restaurants etc.

 

Here the view from the Rooftop Pool!

 

At 10.15 we started our City tour with a little bus up the hill to the Cristo Rey Statue. It kind of reminds me of the one in Rio de Janeiro.

The view over the city, must be nice at night!

So from there we drove to the city centere to see the Catpark. In 2006 there was held a contest between different artists that had to create a design for one of those cats. It is a relaxing place next to the river.

Here some pictures of those cats

Salsa Caleña, Capital of Salsa

Cali is the world capital of salsa because here the dancers of the 60s and 70s (Salsa dancers) risked to speed up the salsa music a little, because they felt it was slow. So since that time Cali is famous for its salsa Caleña.

Within the City you will find this monument for salsa. Las trompetas de niche. If you walk under it, you are able to listen to the different stages of the creation of a salsa song.

MUST DO! SALSA

So if you are in Cali, you have to dance Salsa! There are a couple places to take Salsa classes.

The Viajero Hostel offers free Salsa lessons and a nice pool, included in the Price! Of course there are Salsa clubs all over the City to enjoy a night out in this vibrant city. http://www.elviajerohostels.com/categorias/hostels/contenido/el-viajero-cali

 

After a long day we visited two churches near the centere. The Iglesia la Ermita was in my opinion a really beautiful one.

Iglesia la Ermita

Of course we needed to eat some traditional food so we got some Empanadas and ended the day with a nice meal in a trendy restaurant.

Empanadas what?

But what are Empanadas? An empanada is a fried or baked pastry in Latin America.  Empanada comes from the Spanish word empanar that literally means enbreaded.  Normally they are stuffed with meat or cheese, corn and other ingredients. Just amazing and a must try if you visit South America!

 

Wedding Day!

Also that week was the weeding of a good friend of mine. He married a wonderful girl from Cali. I had to dance Salsa with all of her friends and family. In this picture you can see, where the ceremony took place.

I will keep you posted with more stories of my travels and pictures I took along the way.

With best regards David

Singapore supercity

Singapore Skyline

After we arrived in Singapore the day before, we slept perfectly in the Mercure Bugis Hotel and were super excited to explore the City of Singapore! whatch the video and see what we experienced. I mention things to do in Singapore and things to see there.

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How to get to Singapore?

Singapore is a country and city in the continent of Asia. It has a economically stable situation and is home for a lot of big companies situated in the city of Singapore. This brings cheap flights because of the business infrastructure. Singapore has its own airport and from there you get to almost every corner of the city with the metro. The metro works great and the prices are good. Feel free to grab a taxi in to the city and Uber and Grab are often used and accepted.

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chinatown singapore

an impression of Singapore's Chinatown

Where to stay?

The most famous hotel of Singapore is probably the Marina Bay Sands. It is known for its infinity pool with a breathtaking view on the city. We stayed at a hotel close to the center but a more affordable one! click on this Link or watch the video log i filmed there.

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What is special in Singapore?

The city offers huge skyscrapers with stunning views. The Marina Bay Sands for ecample is a huge hotel but a big shopping center as well. Futuristic architecture, especially the "gardens by the bay" will make your jaw drop. Besides those modern buildings Singapore has a clash of cultures and different religions. Experience how peaceful they life side by side in little India or Chinatown. 

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gardens by the bay

Exploring Gardens by the Bay

Singapore Orchid Garden

Singapore Orchid Garden

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Restaurants in Canggu

canggu surfing

Canggu is the absolute hipster town of Bali. Custom bikes, tattoos, surf, yoga and of course hip cafes, restaurants and bars. This is what we experienced a week long and we loved it!

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How to get to Canggu?

Canggu is situated in the southern part of Bali, close to the better known city "Seminyak". Bali has its own airport in Denpansar which is 40 min car drive away from Canggu. Book a hotel close to the beach or park your scooter at the beach parking. Just google for “Canggu” you won't miss it.

deus ex machina

a fancy custom bike made by Deus Ex Machina

Where to stay?

We stayed at a hotel close to the Old Man's Beach which we highly recommend 

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This little Bed & Breakfast is an absolute dream and really a realxing oasis. Super kind staff we felt like were family. I also filmed a seperate vlog about this amazing place

What is special there?

The most amazing things are the Canggu Restaurants! A lot of healthy and tasty dishes served in restaurants and cafes with fancy interiors. The nightlife is great and if you still able do wake up for the early swell after partying you'll be surfing on some of Bali's most amazing waves.

hotel canggu

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Bingin Beach

surfing bingin beach

Before arriving at our Hotel in the region of Uluwatu we never heard of Bingin Beach before. Apparently the Bingin Beach turned out to be the nearest beach of our hotel. So we jumped into the swimming outfit on the first morning to explore this Beach.

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How to get to the Bingin Beach?

Bingin Beach is situated in the southern part of Bali, the region of Uluwatu. Bali has its own airport in Denpansar which is 35 min car drive away from Bingin Beach. Book a hotel close to the beach or park your scooter at the beach parking. Just google for “bingin beach parking”. From the parking should be street signs leading to the beach. The way leads through unconventional narrow streets through the buildings in front of the beach. sometimes the way seems to be wrong but trust the signs your on the right track.

bingin beach

Where to stay?

We stayed at a hotel close to the Bingin Beach which we can’t recommend because of some issues we had whilest our stay so i’d recommend you a place right at the beach.

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How much does it cost?

The access to the Beach is free. Perhaps you have to pay for the parking which mostly costs around 10/20 Indonesian Rupiah. The Hotels are in different price ranges from cheap to super expansive.

What is special there?

The time i was there, Bingin Beach was nearly empty. Behind the beach is a hill covered with hotels and restaurants. Sitting in one of those Cafes, sipping a smoothie and watching the surfers conquer the waves is an amazing experience. It is probably not the most preffered beach for swimmers as there is a stoney ground and the waves are so good for surfing because of the reef under the water.

Kelly's Warung

Kelly's Warung, my recommendation for a good eat and delicious smoothie whit a fantastic seaview.

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