Entries by Joy

Salento (and a stop in Cali)

I thought I would start by talking about the bus rides in Colombia since we’ve had to take many of them here. The bus rides in Colombia are quite an experience. The roads are windy and the drivers have no problem passing people at any point and at any speed. I try to fall asleep on the […]

Jardin, the land of green!

We boarded yet another bus to a smaller city, unknown to many tourists, named Jardin. We arrived around 7 pm and checked into Hotel Jardin, where our friend Rubin whom we met in Bogota was waiting for us. The three of us grabbed dinner and hit the sack for an adventurous day ahead! The next […]

Medellin, Colombia…It’s not all about the drugs

Medellin… from the various blog posts and research done online about traveling by bus in Colombia, we were expecting the worst, but the ride was actually quite enjoyable. After arriving in Medellin and checking into the Happy Buddha hostel, we decided to tag along with two Canadian girls we overheard speaking English on the streets […]

Bogota, Colombia

We arrived in Bogota on Tuesday, March 18th around midnight, and took a cab to our hostel, the Cranky Croc. Upon arrival, we were lucky to get an upgrade to a room with a private bath however not so fortunate to realize the hostel was being remodeled with the construction (right next to our room) […]

Pre-departure Checklist (some need to know info before you go) – South America

Visa Requirements: Need extra passport photos Carry extra cash for payment of visas Argentina Make extra copies of passport for the crossing of the border to see the Iguazu waterfall No visa, just tourist card $160 Reciprocal Fee Must pay online, print and present to immigration upon arrival (https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes/) Bolivia Obtain visa either in advance […]