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Highlights of Colombia: From Coffee Farms to Colonial Cities

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During my jam-packed week in Colombia, I was lucky enough to explore its mountains, valleys, and coasts. Bogotá was a blend of modern high-rises and a booming nightlife with slums stacked in the mountains surrounding it. Just outside the city, in the town of Zipaquirá, secrets were hidden underground in the mysterious Salt Cathedral. The […]

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Exploring Colombia’s Cocora Valley by Jeep

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Salento’s main square sits at the foot of a hill, surrounded by colonial buildings-turned-cafés and oblea carts selling wafers dripping with caramelo. A child throws a handful of rice in the air and pigeons appear seemingly from nowhere, cawing and diving for their treat. At the head of the square, several jeeps of different colors […]

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Cartagena: A Colonial City Off the Coast of Colombia

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Whitewashed colonial balconies overlook cobblestone alleys, where people, cars, and horse-drawn carriages navigate skinny one-way streets. A man stops to buy fresh papaya juice while a carriage driver in a top hat washes down her horse. Simply walking down the streets of Cartagena is an experience on its own: street blends into sidewalk as you […]

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Underground Magic in the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, Colombia

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ust outside of Bogotá, nestled into a mountain in the colorful town of Zipaquirá, lies the first wonder of Colombia: the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral. Its entrance is unassuming: a couple of stray dogs roam around the ticket booth, and a girl smacking bubble gum offers up snacks and advice. A miner mannequin is propped up at […]

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A Pilgrimage to Colombia’s Mount Monserrate

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If you trekked up the Cerro de Monserrate in Bogotá early on a Sunday morning, you would find old women kneeling at the base of a white-washed church, or walking the steps with pebbles lodged in their soles for penance. 3,152 meters above sea level, the Monserrate Sanctuary watches over the sprawling city of Bogotá […]

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Next Up: Israel and Colombia

Views along Jesus Trail

After an extremely productive month in Spain, we’re now off to Israel for quite the adventure. The main goal of the trip is to trek the Jesus Trail, a 65-km route that connects some of the most important sites from the life of Jesus. The trek winds its way through the Galilee region of Israel, starting […]

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