Introducing Popayan – Colombia’s White City

Popayan was just supposed to be a stopover, a way to break up the long ride from Cali to Pasto. It wasn’t a place I expected to love as much as I did. Indeed, Popayan was one of the most unexpected of surprises on my travels throughout Colombia. Popayan sits about halfway between Cali and Pasto, about three hours from …

What to Do in Cali, Colombia – The Salsa Capital of Colombia

Cali, Colombia is famous throughout the country, if not the world, as a hot spot for salsa music and dancing. One of the first things you’ll notice upon arrival though is that Cali is just plain hot. It feels almost like you’re back on the tropical coast, but the ocean is still very far away. Cali is Colombia’s third biggest …

Overlander Tips: Long-term Vehicle Parking and Storage in Colombia

We spent the better part of a year driving across the American West, Mexico, and Central America, but due to finance constraints we needed to stop and take a break before continuing on through South America. Many overland travelers put their vehicles into storage in Costa Rica or Panama — both of which make easy and natural break points if …

Armenia, Colombia – A Quick Guide to the Capital of Quindio

Armenia, Colombia sits along the southern edge of the Coffee Triangle, and is the third big city of the area along with Pereira and Manizales. Armenia isn’t exactly a popular tourist destination, being out shined by the pueblo of Salento just next-door. I’ll admit, I didn’t have much expectations for Armenia when I first visited, but I’ve traveled through twice …

8 Things to Do in Salento, Colombia

Salento, Colombia sits in the heart of the Coffee Triangle — Eje Cafetero — just a short drive from the city of Armenia or Pereira. I’ve visited lots of little towns all across Colombia, but Salento stands out as one of the best — quaint and beautiful, friendly, and fun. You could easily spend a few days or even a …

Hiking Colombia’s Valle de Cocora – What to Know Before You Go

Hiking Cocora Valley is undoubtedly the highlight of any visit to Salento, Colombia. Here you will find towering 60-meter wax palms nestled into rolling green hillsides. It’s a unique and one-of-a-kind places, that should be on your travel bucket list. Information isn’t always great about how to go about visiting the Cocora Valley, at least I wasn’t well informed prior …

Where Your Coffee Comes From: A Coffee Farm Tour in Salento, Colombia

I love great coffee. If you’ve been following my site for any length of time, you know I go to great lengths to have a great cup of coffee no matter where I am. Colombia is famous around the world for its incredible coffee, so when Uncover Colombia invited me on a coffee farm tour in the heart of Colombia’s …

Enjoying the Hot Springs of Santa Rosa de Cabal, Colombia

In the coffee triangle of Colombia, just at the base of the Los Nevados mountains, there is an awesome set of hot springs. Andrea and I were looking for the perfect long-weekend getaway from Medellin, and the hot springs were calling our name. Santa Rosa de Cabal Just outside the small town of Santa Rosa de Cabal there are two …