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  • Restaurant Review: Cuernavaca

    As lovers of authentic Mexican food, we were eager to try Cuernavaca’s new location, a two story restaurant at one corner of the Parque de Envigado. It was packed all during the local festival which boded well, or so we thought… Cuernavaca’s […]

  • Pueblos: San Luis, Antioquia

    We start this new series of reports on the beautiful towns and villages of Colombia with San Luis, which is located in the southeast of Antioquia… Colombian pueblos (villages) like Barichara, Villa de Leyva, Jardin, Salento, Santa Fe de Antioquia and Mompox […]

  • Salpicón or Fruit Salad?

    Salpicón is extremely popular in Colombia and there are restaurants specializing in it. It’s tropical fruit in a cup, usually topped with…you guessed it cheese! But don’t call it “ensalada de frutas” (fruit salad) as you’ll get admonished! Why is it not […]

  • Hacking Colombia: Banking

    One of the topics that gets mangled on social is what’s required to open a bank account in Colombia. Here we try to set the record straight… Can a Foreigner Open a Bank Account in Colombia? The answer is yes, but you’ll […]

  • Hacking Colombia: Personal Safety

    Updated Aug 27, 2022 To hear some expats and locals, there’s no danger whatsoever for foreigners in Colombia. Others describe Armageddon and make you wonder why they’re here. Ignore both types. The truth is somewhere in between. Here we’ll explore the topic […]

  • What are Desplazados?

    Armed conflict has displaced millions of Colombians from rural areas over the last few decades. They are collectively known as desplazados. The victims are often poor farmers whose lands were stolen at gunpoint. Alas, the phenomenon has not ended… Most of the […]

  • Covid History

    Although virtually all pandemic emergency measures are now history, it bears reminding that Colombia had one of the world’s longest lockdowns (5 months) and had shorter lockdowns well into 2021. It, however, lifted all measures much faster than most other countries. IF […]

  • Hacking Colombia: Cell Phones

    Paying roaming fees on your cell phone provider from back home may be very costly. Fortunately, Colombia does have inexpensive options you should consider. If you’re moving here, there’s plenty of other options. A List of Wireless Providers in Colombia Etb – […]

  • A Dane who found His Place in a New Realm: Pereira

    Jorn is from Denmark but has lived in Colombia since 2015 now and makes his home in Pereira (Risaralda) where he runs his own hotel and restaurant, El Lugar Nordico. Here’s his expat story… About Jorn Jorn’s spouse is Colombian and he […]

  • The Guide to Buying Real Estate

    Because of the difficult to meet requirements to rent an apartment or house in Colombia, many foreigners choose to buy a home instead. Then they find out that it means buying 100% cash as there’s no leveraging possible here. Here’s your guide […]