Plaza Botero in Medellin, Colombia
May05

Plaza Botero in Medellin, Colombia

Botero Sculptures in Plaza Botero The Morning in Plaza Botero The morning before leaving my week in Medellin, Colombia, I made it downtown to Plaza Botero, which is named after famed Colombian artist Fernando Botero. The hoped to visit Museo de Antioquia for art and its accompanying inspiration. My first couple of days in Medellin were spent divided between the malls and and Comuna Trece, one of the most devastated and violent...

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Rediscover Colombia with Odysseys Unlimited’s New Small Group Tour
Jan29

Rediscover Colombia with Odysseys Unlimited’s New Small Group Tour

Visit Colombia with Odysseys Unlimited Newton, MA, January 28, 2013 – Small group specialist Odysseys Unlimited introduces for 2013 Colombia Rediscovered, a 10-day tour that visits Bogota, Cartagena, Cocora Valley, and the Coffee Triangle. “Certain places have a ‘wow’ factor,” says Bruce Epstein, President of Odysseys Unlimited, “and Colombia is certainly one of them. We are excited to bring small groups to rediscover this amazing...

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LAN Airlines’ Biannual ‘Big Deal’ Sale to South America
Jun18

LAN Airlines’ Biannual ‘Big Deal’ Sale to South America

(MIAMI, FL – May 31, 2012) – LAN Airlines, South America’s premier air carrier, and its affiliates are excited to announce the mid-year ‘big deal’ sale! Plan an adventure to one of South America’s most sought after destinations and take advantage of some of LAN’s lowest prices yet. Savings this big only happen twice a year, so book now for an unforgettable travel experience that can be found only in South America and only with LAN....

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The Cool Colombian Sierra Nevadas
Mar23

The Cool Colombian Sierra Nevadas

It was rainy or “low” season in Colombia, but I needed a high. It may sound impossible, but one can honestly get tired of the beach. I had been traveling for three weeks along Colombia’s gorgeous stretch of Caribbean coastline when I inexplicably reached my limit. I simply woke up one morning in my hammock, sticky with sweat and squinting at the already scorching Santa Marta sun and decided that I needed a break from la costa....

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Down and Dirty in Cartagena
Feb06

Down and Dirty in Cartagena

I got out of the minivan and gaped in amazement. My friends had not been kidding: it was a mud volcano. The 50-foot Volcano Totumo loomed over the landscape, dwarfing the surrounding thatched-roof huts. The eco-tour took passengers just 25 miles outside of Cartagena to a volcano that produced mineral-rich mud rather than the usual lava. Two flimsy looking stairways ran up the side of the dirt mound. Really it looked more like an...

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Plaza Life of South America

Some of the most enjoyable memories on my year long journey through South America happened while sitting, reading, gazing, listening, talking, zoning out or all of the above in a town’s plaza. Whether it was the fullness of trees and detailed flower structures sprouting around, artisans hanging out and conversing among themselves, actors performing skits to an encircling crowd of pedestrians, or permanent chess boards battled on by...

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More Medillin with Flowers (video podcast)

Jason Fitzpatrick comes through with the scents and sensations of the Festival of Flowers in Medillin, Colombia. In this video Jason shows off the flowers, pretty girls, larges crowds, traditional dances, classic faces and some surprising humor from our narrator, Jason — who know!? A lot has changed in the recent years in Colombia making it again a worthwhile travel destination. Be sure to scroll all the way down to see the...

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The Flowers of Medellin

I recently traveled to Medellin, Colombia for the Festival of Flowers. Medellin is going through an exciting time of change and prosperity. As always, I brought along my HD camera so I could share my experience with all of you. I hope you enjoy it. Remember, all of our videos require QuickTime 7.0 or subscribe to In The Know Traveler at...

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Miraculous Medellin

It’s hard to forget the images of burnt ruined buildings and assassination victims lying in the streets from the days when Medellin was the world capital of Narco-Terrorism. Truthfully, that was all that I really knew about Medellin before I went, so when I got the call for the trip I was a little hesitant for a second. Thankfully I continued, and had an amazing experience. The changes that Medellin has gone through in the past decade...

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Simple Pleasures In Foreign Lands

The French have a word for people watchers “Flaneur.” I’ve always liked that word, and definitely consider my self to be one. Its funny to me that one of my favorite things to do when I travel is something I do almost every day here in the Los Angeles. Find a cafe or coffee shop, sit and just take everything in. I’m not denying that a big part of this is my huge caffeine addiction, but truth be told I think I...

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