Guatape – Painting the Town Red (and Blue and Green)

8 12 2011


Guatape, near Medellin, central Colombia

Guatape’s animated streets are adorable: a labyrinth of dynamic scenes that adorn house facades and flow into the town’s plaza. Café-goers spill out onto the table-strewn roadsides clutching their café tintos y pan (black coffee and bread) while a few blocks away lies an islet-woven lake, Guatape’s main draw with national tourists.

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But the mystery of Guatape is this: despite its undeniable charm and phenomenal views, only a handful of foreign visitors wind up here. Which makes it a perfect getaway destination to spend a few days, but be warned, you may linger longer than expected.

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Self-made Trips Around Tarija

23 08 2010

Mild weather, blue skies and amiable people; Tarija is the perfect spot to enjoy a slice of ‘downtime’. It’s home to Bolivia’s wine-producing region which makes it the ideal place to sample a tipple of the local viño.

The city centre breathes serenity and it’s a local pastime to people watch from the shady plazas. However, further afield are some great half-day excursions, all accessible by public transport.

Tarija province is the setting for Bolivian vineyards, as seen here

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