One of the most unique travel and nature experiences you can find in Colombia, or anywhere in the world for that matter, is a visit to Caño Cristales. Often called the River of Five Colors or the Liquid Rainbow, people from all around the world come to marvel at this unique natural phenomenon and off the beaten path destination in Colombia.
After landing in the region of Antioquia and looking for things to do in the popular city of Medellin, I decided to take a trip over to Jardin to learn all about the world of coffee.
It is no secret that Colombian coffee beans are some of the best in the world and there was no way I was going to leave this region without learning more about how they are produced.
There are numerous coffee-growing communities within Colombia but on this occasion, I went to visit Jardin, a small town situated just 131 km from the city of Medellin. There is a public bus which takes around 4 hours from Medellin.
Did you know it’s really easy to score free accommodation when you travel to Colombia? The single best way to make this happen is through hospitality exchange methods.
The most obvious one is couch surfing. Many Colombians are friendly, and will offer to let you stay on their couch for free. Just make sure to fill out your couch surfing profile, and send out as many requests as possible. It seems like women have better luck when it comes to scoring a place, as many female backpackers I have met has successfully secured a host while I haven’t.
If you weren’t able to secure a couch, another way to score free accommodation is through Workaway!
The towns of Villa del Leyva and Barichara, Colombia, are well worth a visit. Both cities are well preserved colonial towns, each with its own unique features. Villa de Leyva is the smaller of the two, and can be explored in a day. The cobblestone streets are more prominent during times of rain, so prominent that the streets can get flooded during the rain. Nearby places to visit include an excavation site full of fossils from the dinosaur age.