Tag Archives: Colombia

Taking the Rápido along the Amazon from Leticia to Puerto Nariño

No roads link the towns and villages of the Colombian Amazon. Public transport between Leticia, the Amazonas department capital, and Puerto Nariño, the next largest town with around 6,000 mostly indigenous inhabitants, is by boat. The rápido, or rapid launch, leaves … Continue reading

Posted in Amazonas, Leticia, Puerto Nariño, The Trip | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

La Jangada hostel, Leticia, whose owner has travelled the Amazon by bicycle-boat and whose staff’s efficiency and dedication remain unsurpassed

La Jangada hostel in the centre of the bustling Amazonian town of Leticia is conveniently located for restaurants and ATMs. It offers clean, reasonably-priced dorms and double rooms and has a cosy, house-like feel. The children enjoyed sharing their own upstairs … Continue reading

Posted in Accommodation, Amazonas, Leticia, The Trip | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

‘In the Dragon’s Jaws: Many Exquisite Jewels’ [1]

The jungle had begun to claim the roofless walls and incongruous pillars that lured my eldest daughter. She likes taking photographs of derelict buildings and these ruins on the outskirts of Leticia in the Amazonas department of Colombia were irresistible. … Continue reading

Posted in Amazonas, Leticia, The Trip | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Leticia: Colombia’s Gateway to the Amazon

I was too ill to shower on the morning of our flight from Bogotá to Leticia (apologies to COPA Airlines and my fellow passengers), and I welcomed the chance to sit quietly and rest for the duration of our two-hour flight … Continue reading

Posted in Amazonas, Leticia, The Trip | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Colombian Independence – Reverberations of a Vase Smashed 200 Years Ago

History Before independence, Colombia (or the Viceroyalty of New Granada of which it formed part) was permitted to trade only with Spain, a country unable to supply its market. Spaniards ran its administration; even elite criollos (American-born Spanish descendants) were … Continue reading

Posted in Bogotá, The Trip | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Musicology Hostel, Bogotá – Do Hostels Make Good Family Accommodation?

La Candelaria, Bogotá’s brightly-painted colonial district, is peppered with budget hostels and as a family of four travelling for an extended period, we aimed to keep our costs down. Though most of the other guests were from the young international … Continue reading

Posted in Accommodation, Bogotá, Colombia for children, The Trip | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Bogotá for Children

Travelling with children in Colombia is a delight, and Bogotá is no exception. Colombians generally love children and make them welcome. There’s plenty for kids to do and see in the Capital, whatever their ages. Older children might enjoy a tour … Continue reading

Posted in Bogotá, Colombia for children, The Trip | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments