Ah Colombia. The country I caught the travel bug from. When I was about 10 years old, my Father and I would go for 3-4 week long trips to Bogota during the summer. A child, armed with the knowledge that such a different culture exists, in such a different part of the world, will become immediately and immensely more curious about what else the world has to offer. Now, at 28, having been so deeply affected by a country that I never really called home, I was finally able to go back and visit, thanks of course, to the amazing hospitality of the Jordan-Cetina family. From the little knowledge I had when I was 10 years old in 1999, it seems that the country has come a long, long way. A modern, internationally in-tune youth, a promising Democracy, a well established economy, and, not to mention the all too efficient public transportation system, El TransMilenio, Colombia has effectively transformed itself into a 21st century nation.

Of note, Bogota is situated at an altitude of 2640 m (8660 ft). Some travelers may experience some soroche, or altitude sickness as I did my first night back in town. Symptoms could include headache, upset stomach, dehydration, loss of appetite, slight depression, insomnia, difficulty breathing, and/or nose bleeds. To combat this, hydrate heavily, don’t train or workout for the first 3-4 days, carb up, and realize that symptoms will probably dissipate soon.

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Overlooking the beautiful Capital, Bogota, Colombia
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At the top of Monserrate 
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Capital town square
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Su banera y su gente

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“Woman in Red,” my favorite picture ever taken.
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The Great Simon Bolivar (South American liberator from Spain, also known as the George Washington of Latin America) Estate
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Marketplace at 3,152 meters on top of Monserrate
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Bogota’s Art Museum

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A play on Juan Valdez, an icon in Colombia that was used by the Coffee Industry in 1958 to represent the work of the Colombian Farmer, bring recognition to their work, and the superiority of Colombia Coffee (Last argument is debatable).
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What a way to be greeted at Santa Marta (Colombia’s Northern Caribbean Coast Town) Airport

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Santa Marta, The Town where famous singer Carlos Vives is from.
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Kobe Briant? 16? I was confused daily by this piece of art.
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Hidden Caribbean Beaches

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Tayrona Beach

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First and Last Time White Water Rafting
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Our last night in Bogota, greeted with an amazing sunset

 

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Written by yugeninternational

The most intimidating part of adventuring to another country can be the language barrier and finding the best places. At Yugen International, we provide experienced, tri-lingual, local tour guides and provide the best experiences the country has to offer.

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