About the Colombia Travel Blog

The Colombia Travel Blog is the only travel blog you’ll need to plan your visit to Colombia – our team of international travellers are passionate about showing off the magic and diversity of Colombia to the world. We’ve explored the whole of this country to bring you the best and most widely read blog about travelling and living in Colombia, and our hard work (and lot’s of fun too!) has been recognized with many awards including a Bloggie for being the Best Blog in Latin America and being named by FITUR as the best blog in Colombia.

Colombia Travel Blog fue fundado por Marcela Mariscal con la idea de mostrar la belleza y diversidad de Colombia al mundo. Los viajeros internacionales que forman nuestro equipo de trabajo se dedican a contar las mejores historias y consejos para viajar y vivir en Colombia, mientras Marcela junto a su esposo JL Pastor y su hija Maria del Mar descubren destinos internacionales, juntos, como pareja, como familia y en grupo 3 Travel Bloggers, su programa de viajes. Nuestra dedicación y trabajo ha sido reconocido con muchos premios como el Bloggie por ser el mejor blog en Latinoamérica y fuimos nombrados como el mejor blog en Colombia por FITUR.

 

Meet the team…

 

The Founders

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Marcela Mariscal

Marcela is the one that started this journey over 5 years ago. She noticed that information regarding traveling and living in Colombia was scarce and started the Colombia Travel Blog for all information travellers needed in one place. Now she is also travelling internationally together with her husband JL and their daughter Maria del Mar thanks to her award-winning blog.

JL Pastor

A veritable citizen of the world, JL was brought up in several different cities, has travelled all over the world and speaks a variety of languages. Having spent over a decade in the travel industry, JL shares with us his expert insights into the travel industry, as well as accounts of his travels around the globe.

The Editor

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Chris Bell

Chris is the editor and main contributor to the Colombia Travel Blog, and has travelled more extensively around Colombia than almost anyone you’re likely to meet. Having travelled to 30 of Colombia’s 32 departments, and being named by El Espectador newspaper as “the Englishman who can teach us to travel in Colombia,” you couldn’t find a better source of information for all your Colombia travel needs. When he’s not blogging about Colombia he can be found either playing tejo, trying to see as many Colombian bird species as possible (800 and counting…) or drinking coffee.

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Anna Schweitzer

Anna is the newest member of the Colombia Travel Blog team. She is from Austria but has been living in Medellín for more than a year and has adapted herself very well to the Paisa culture, which makes us laugh every once in a while at the office. When she’s not at the office translating posts or coordinating social media content for Marce’s and JL’s travels, she loves to travel to Antioquia’s beautiful and lesser known pueblos to write her own posts.

39 thoughts on “About the Colombia Travel Blog

    Jan Roz on

    I love your blog! Thank you! I plan to visit Columbia in 2017, so finding this blog is great.

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    Jorge Herrera on

    Great job you guys are doing promoting the the Side of Colombia, The Real One…
    Keep up the good work!
    Happy New Year!

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    Luisa on

    ¿Tienen algun email de contacto?

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    Corporación Parque Nacional del Chicamocha on

    Hello

    We are intertested in have a space or a introduction about ours parks on your web site.
    You can visit http://www.parquenacionaldelchicamocha.com and http://www.cerrodelsantisimo.com

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    Mohammad Reza on

    Hi, Wud U plz add my email to your subscribed address list. Tnx!

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    Anamaria on

    I love this site. I’m Colombian, but lived in the US for the last 15 years. I came back and been blogging about it ever since… this site has been great inspiration for me.
    You can visit my site @ http://dreamsofpaperplanes.com/

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    bus from medellin to cali on

    Great article! Perception about colombia is changing and now colombia is a safe and great place for holiday and i also planning to travel Medellin in next month.

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    lissa on

    hola holaaa….

    I cant believe this blog!!! its just amazing!!!! Im colombian, Ive been out of my coutry two years, and there is no day I dont miss my country and my lovely Bogota…

    thanks again for this blog… for sure all my american friends will know about it !!!

    y que viva Colombia
    no joda!!!!

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    JAVIER on

    Hello; first of all, I was not born in Colombia, but I’ve lived here most of my life. I LOVE THIS COUNTRY. I used to do receptives inside Colombia, to a BIG agency but unfortunatelly commerce in Asia didn’t work as it was supossed because of the air fares. Right now, I´m living in Pasto, very very very nice region… (did you know there are Inca´s roads in Nariño? did you know you can do archeological tourism in Nariño?… also xtreme sports?) on February 2014 I’ll be opening a nice Café-bar in Pasto (cafebarcasonataminango.blogspot.com), BUT if you are interested on visiting this VERY NICE region of Colombia, don´t hesitate to contact me (dc.turismo.colombia@gmail.com). What you people are doing (Colombia Travel Blog) is fantastic because there is TOO MUCH to see and explore in Colombia (I’ve been in more places in Colombia than most colombians)and there has been too much bad publicity and as it said sometime ago… The only risk is you want to stay! (but carefully… as in any country worldwide!!!!)

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      JL on

      Thanks for your comments Javier, and good luck with your Cafe Bar , we’ll be sure to visit you when we’re around 🙂

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    Paula Silva on

    hi guys, congratulations on your beautiful Blog, and also congratulations on winning the first prize alongside with Nelson Carvalheiro with his Blog as well

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      Azzam on

      Thank you Paula!

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    JWK on

    I couldn’t agree more with you, I do love Colombia, I am currently in Bogota, Colombia and I hope to travel around it for 1 month, today I visited the Gold Museum and tomorrow I will go to Monserrate I’ve heard in that place the Bogota’s view is amazing… I am planing to visit Medellin and some cities in the cost if you have places to recommend me I will be happy to visit them.

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    darzy on

    i hate how majority of my family trash-talked colombia without knowing firsthand, they haven’t been to colombia yet they talked badly about colombia based on some tv show/movie/hearsay. i am glad i had proved them otherwise. colombia is very beautiful, i know it is yet a developing country, but the atmosphere is very warm and welcoming unlike in the united states, where i feel people are very indifferent and aloof (there are some excemptions to both colombia and united states though). i felt as if my 2 weeks weren’t enough, i feel like i would want to live in colombia. the climate is better for my weak lungs, and i felt very happy there during my short 2 weeks. the moment i came back to california, i felt very homesick even though i didn’t grow up there. i know people are also concerned about safety, but if one has city wits about him, then there shouldn’t be a problem. i felt very safe while in bogota, and safer while in zipaquira. bogota is just like an other major city, one should know how to move and act in a big city just like in new york or los angeles or san diego, there is no safe big city out there.

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    R. Griffin on

    Very Nice Blog. Colombia is often revealed in the media as being a drug-ridden, violent country – in fact a visit to this country proves just the opposite! Amazingly, the individuals are very comfortable and friendly.

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    manuel jose de bedout on

    Veo con mucha felicidad que estamos entrando en la onda de promocionarnos a nivel internacional con un blog de altura ; que presenta la bella Colombia al viajero inernacional que quiere llegar al continente Suramericano y dar inicio a la expedicion precolombina puramente regional que le invitara a descubrir lo que era esta continente antes de la llegada de los europeos a colonizarla el continente que tiene todo lo necesdario pasra presentarle al viajero un paseo de maravilla.
    Nosotros trabajamos con el turismo rural o regional en las areas de la periferia de las grandes ciudades; somos operadores fluviales y le presentamos al viajero la colombia de antaño ; desde el cauce del segundo rio en importancia de Colombia y en una embarcacion especialmente diseñada y construida para hacer de este paseo algo verdaderamente fenomenal.
    Nos gustaria invitarlos y estar en su blog
    cordial saludo;
    MANUEL JOSE DE BEDOUT GOMEZ
    RIVERSIDE DE OCCIDENTE S.A. RNT: 320568
    BARCO DE TURISMO PIONERO-NAVEGAMOS POR EL RIO CAUCA.

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    Maricela on

    Excellent blog, very informative and true to Colombia.

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    Maria Margarita on

    Hola todos!
    Millones de gracias por tan lindas y constructivas palabras sobre tan sufrido Colombia. (Thank-you all for the lovely words and hope about that beautiful country) Va para los que hablen cualquiera de los idiamas” Soy colombiana pero no conosi’ medellin.
    I been livin in England for 30 years, but I am planning to stay some time in Medellin – As I am fed up with this britrish weather….. Thinking in renting for a few months and see how I fell. I wonder if any one can advice me of a small house to rent, in Montenegro area of Medellin, or a safe residencial area wherever. Gracias y feliz dia.

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      Paul on

      Hey, great to hear you’re coming home!

      It’s easy to get fed up with British weather (I should know, I’m from London), and Medellín will be the perfect antidote. I don’t know much about renting as I live in Bogotá, but check out http://www.medellinliving.com, they’ll surely be able to help!

      Paul

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    Monika on

    Hi there Team Colombia Travel Blog,

    Love the blog. I’m writing a travel story on Bogota for newspaper in New York City and would love to chat with one of you. Thanks so much!

    All the best,
    Monika

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      Monika on

      Please contact me via my email. Thanks again!

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        Paul on

        Done and done, thanks Monika.

        Paul

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    Miguel Benavides on

    Hola Marcela,

    I have been looking at your blog and I really like your postings.
    I apologize for contacting you through the “comment” section of your site, but I did not find any other way to reach you privately, so you don’t need to post this comment.

    I work with Hola Spanish Centre, a language school based in Vancouver, Canada. We have been operating for the last 10 years and currently have 5 locations in British Columbia. Our school’s site receives a large amount of hits daily and rates amongst the top in Google search queries.

    We are currently developing our own blog and are looking for blog contributors in order to have a variety of content. After looking at your Colombian Travel Blog, we would like you to consider participating on our blog by sharing some of your postings.

    If you are interested in this proposal, please reply to me to the supplied email address so we can further discuss the details involved.

    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Regards
    Miguel

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    Paula on

    Hello all! I realized that I didn’t put the address of my blog to my last comment in here so here it is. Please write your opinion to my guestbook if you want. I have published new english web sites. Here is the link:

    http://kolumbia.nettisivu.org (in english)

    http://paula.suntuubi.com (in finnish, but with more text and videos)

    I really want to share my experiences with all the people in the world who are thinking about new travel destinations. Colombia has had bad image long time and I want to change that. Life was bad 10 years ago, not anymore! Colombian people are lovely and happy. Cities are doing many new constructions to make the services more smoothly and they make modern buildings etc. There are so many things to do and see in Colombia.

    Thank You for your blog! It is wonderful to read about new good experiences.

    Cheers

    Paula

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      Paul on

      Thanks Paula, we agree completely and share your vision! I’m glad you’re enjoying Colombia so much, it’s really quite hard to find people who don’t love it when they come…

      Paul

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    Paula on

    Hello JL and everybody. I love your blog too! I just wanted to tell to you all that I have also blog connnected with Colombia. My blog is originally in finnish but I have been asked to write also in english so now I have published my first comments to my page in english. Thank you very much for your comments to my blog. Keep in touch!

    Greetings from Finland!

    Paula

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    Marc on

    Me gusta mucho tu Blog y amo Colombia! Muchos saludos de “Kolumbienreport” 😀

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      Paul on

      Muchas gracias Marc! Ya te estamos siguiendo en Twitter tambien

      Un Abrazo

      Paul

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      Paul on

      Gracias Marc. Colombia: con nosotros siempre!

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    JavierD on

    Hi!
    This blog is great! Im colombian and my girlfriend is from Finland. Im very glad about showing the best things about our country because I know it is a very good country eventhough the problems of the “system”, but with my girlfriend we have been experiencing the best things of Colombia like people, culture and food. She likes a lot this country and I would really love that the “bad image” of Colombia decrease more and more. I know this “bad image” give us more tramits to get a simple visa to travel, or in the international airports longer time waiting for extra security checkings, for example.

    My girlfriend has done one blog about Colombia in finnish language to show more about this positive country to the finnish people who dont know so much in general about South America, and well, I’ve been so happy with her idea and I support her goal of giving to the World the real image that Colombia deserves: A Warm country with wonderful people.

    Thanks for this space contributing to show the real situation in Colombia and I invite you to visit our blog (in finnish but with many pics and advices in some places in Colombia) .. http://paula.suntuubi.com

    Gracias!

    Javier Dario

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      Paul on

      Hey thanks Javier, glad to hear you like the blog. Great to hear your girlfriend is trying to spread the word in her native Finland too! I don’t think it’ll be too long until the reputation changes, progress in Colombia has been rapid and I expect it to continue this way. It’s thanks to people like you and your girlfriend we can really be optimistic about Colombia’s future.

      Oh, and the blog looks great even if I don’t understand a word!

      Saludos,

      Paul

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      JL on

      Hi Javier,

      Many thanks for your message , we would love to know if your girlfriend would like to write a guest post for our blog , or maybe translate one of her favorites? We feel very encouraged when we read or listen to stories like yours and we’ll be really happy if you let us share your point of view with the world through our blog. Please let us know if this is possible.

      Un abrazo Grande

      JL

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        JavierD on

        Hey JL … First of all.. I’m so sorry about no answering before! I hadn’t realized about your last message but with my girlfriend we knew about your message in her blog. She’s very interested to talk more about Colombia and at the moment she is writting something for your blog and some parts in english language in her blog too… There will be a very nice comment (to share with you specially) talking about our experiences in Colombia … 🙂 We will let you know!

        Un Abrazo!

        ps. Congratulations to you and Marcela for your engagement!!! Bien hecho!!

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    Mike Hower on

    Hi,

    Saw your blog and I couldn’t agree more about the importance about changing people’s perceptions about Colombia. Colombia is definitely not Disneyland, but it is also not the war-ravaged third world country a lot of people think of it as. I am an American living in southern Bogota teaching English in one of Bogota’s poorest neighborhoods and I have seen the insane poverty first-hand, but the more international investment (especially tourism), Colombia receives, the better off the poor will be (if the corruption can be rooted out in the government, that is).

    Anyway, I invite you to check out my blog, which chronicles my time living and teaching in Bogota.

    You can view it at http://www.thetallgringo.blogspot.com

    Mike

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      Marcela on

      Hi Mike, great to hear from you. You’re right about perceptions, I think slowly but surely things are changing and with people like you spreading the good word about the country I’m sure we’ll eventually manage to make a difference!

      Obviously we hope tourism can make a massive difference to the country, and it really is a great time for people to come to Colombia. It still feels new and undiscovered, but owing to the healthy local tourism scene there’s actually a pretty good infrastructure just waiting for people. I’ll be sure to check out your web page and be in touch. Well done for your teaching job, too, it’s a great profession.

      Ryan

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