Traveling to other parts of Colombia? Great — it’s a beautiful, diverse country! Here are a few recommendations for other areas of the country that come from personal experience or past guests.
La Casa del Farol is a boutique hotel near the main cathedral of Santa Marta recommended by a former guest. “It was really nice and the folks there were great. Terrific breakfast.”
Casa Celta is a small B&B just on the edge of the historic area run by a wonderful French woman welcomes you into her home.
Tayrona National Park entry fees are listed here. (Keep in mind Tayrona National Park is usually closed for the month of February; in 2018 it is closed from 28 January – 28 February.)
Thinking of doing the Ciudad Perdida/Lost City trek? I did the 5 day hike with Magic Tour.
A beautiful peaceful little village not far from Santa Marta with great hiking, swimming holes, and more. See WSJ article here (although to get between Cartagena & Santa Marta I would recommend one of the van services, such as Transporte Marsol recommended here, instead of the bus recommended in this article; the Cartagena bus terminal is well outside the Old City–taxi to the bus terminal negates any cost savings and adds time to your trip).
Truly a town that time forgot! La Casa Amarilla is a renovated colonial mansion run by a Canadian/UK expat, his Colombian wife, and her family. It is “the” place to stay in Mompox.
Villa de Leyva:
Cabañas Hacienda el Olivar are cottages built on the beautiful property of and run by Colombian friends (& I have stayed here as well). They are located outside of town and there is no public transportation, but if you don’t have a car, transportation can be arranged. See photos and reviews on AirBNB here and via their Facebook page here.
Need accommodations for a week or longer? A friend has a very nice penthouse in Los Rosales neighborhood with great views from the roof terrace! The location is close to the Zona G, Zona T, and the Centro Andino as well as most law firms and business offices. See AirBNB link here.
If the above place is booked or you’re in Bogotá for less than a week, my friend recommends one of Carlos’s places listed on AirBNB here.
Off the beaten Bogotá tourist path: Visit the presidential palace! Surprisingly, very few people do this, but it’s quite interesting. More here.
Bogotá airport: Should you find your arrival to BOG delayed and you miss the last connecting flight (my own experience), Hotel Habitel is a good option.
Salento: Blog slash travel guide to the town & its immediate surroundings, Salento View is written by a retired woman from the US who moved to Salento in 2016.
Popoyán: Scottish couple Kim & Tony are a great resource for all things Popoyán. Visit their tour website here.
San Agustín: Visiting the archeological park in San Agustín? Terrazas de San Agustín offers nice accommodations.
More recommendations in these & other cities will be added as they come in!
**Some helpful links on Colombia can be found here.**