Hitting a New Continent: the Colombian Coastline Awaits!

As announced in my last post, I recently booked a cheap flight to Cartagena and will be spending 8 full days next month traipsing around the Colombian coastline. South America was never in my immediate future travel plans, and to be honest I haven’t spent much time at all thinking about or researching it. But, you know, maybe that’s a good thing? Maybe for once I should override my tendency to over plan my travels and try my hand at truly spontaneous travel!

Though I can’t say Colombia held a spot on my bucket list, I’m actually really excited to visit. I like that Cartagena and the Colombian coastline aren’t hot topics in the world of travel, and that no one I know has ever been there. That hasn’t been the case with most of my travel destinations, and I’m eager to break the mold and discover a new place without many expectations.

And and and – my friend and fellow wedding photographer Nicki will be joining me in this Colombian adventure! We both have a tendency to travel frugally, take way too many photos, and prefer off the beaten path adventures, so all signs point to our travel styles meshing well. We haven’t planned a thing, but beaches, photo excursions, salsa dancing, and coffee are 100% happening.

And arepas. OH GOD, the arepas – just try and hold me back!

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Photo Credit: LauraLovesIt (edited by me)

Old Town Cartagena

We’re a little wary of Cartagena being too touristy, but hey, if it is – we just won’t spend too much time there. But obviously, certain places attract hoards of tourists for a reason: because they’re AWESOME and well worth experiencing. Based on my recent google image search, I’m convinced that this city is going to charm the shorts off of me. Between its vibrant colonial architecture, walled city and fortress, and cobblestone streets, I’m pretty sure that we photographers are going to have a field day in this town.

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Photo Credit: Flickr (edited by me)
colombia streets

Photo Credit: PhotosFromColombia.com

Beaches

I may be a teensy bit more excited about Colombia’s beaches than its cities. We’ve had a rough winter so far in New York, and come mid-February I know there’s nothing I’d rather do than be someplace beautiful in 80-degree sunshine getting a tan.

There are beaches all along the Colombian coast, but the ones I’m most excited about are within Tayrona National Park. Accessible via bus, trek, and then horse, getting there is an adventure in itself – but once you’re there, you pick a campground and then spend your entire time there beach hopping – maybe doing some jungle trekking if you’re feeling ambitious. I’m looking forward to lazing on the Caribbean Sea by day and sleeping in a hammock by night.

colombia beach

Photo Credit: PhotosFromColombia.com (edited by me)
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Photo Credit: Choco Studio

Have you ever been to Cartegena? Or Colombia? What are some must-dos?

Lindsay Buckley is the photographer and travel blogger behind Frugal Frolicker. She's a New Yorker currently based in Sydney, Australia, documenting outdoor travel experiences Down Under and beyond. Follow along with Lindsay's travel photography on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to sign up for the monthly Frugal Frolicker newsletter!

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  • Katherine Cano

    I’ve been there and it’s amazing! As photographers you’ll definitely appreciate the historic kept inside “La ciudad amurallada” or the walled city – Definitely check out the gold museum which is in town and as far as the beach goes, there is a great white sand beach not too far but you should get a tour guide for that, it is a little dirty but the sand and water are gorgeous and the water is warm!!! All the food is delicious and you can buy authentic pearls for cheap, have a great time!!

    • lindsaypunk

      Thanks, girl! This trip actually happened a year ago so we’ve already been by now, and we definitely loved all the photo ops around the old town! Bummer we missed the gold museum though – we’ll have to go back for that! :D