15 notes on El Salvador, where life grows free and green

San Salvador from El Boquerón

My first night in El Salvador, at a locally inspired hotel dinner, I lost my notebook. Long-hand musings, names, numbers, bars/cafes to check out in Berlin and Brooklyn and Phnom Penh—all gone, just like that. Had the hotel pupusas really been that good? Had I freely traded in my wherewithal for a finite plate of rich-bean-and-melty-quesillo-filled […]

Travel Video of the Week: Untamed Winds

Untamed Winds

Untamed Winds comes to us from a trio of German friends and filmmakers—Vincent Urban, Clemens Kruger and Stefan Templar—documenting their recent four-month trip through South America. The 31-year-olds, who earned critical acclaim (and sponsorship from Peru For Less) with an earlier video called In South America, here focus on the jaw-dropping landscapes of the countries they […]

Is Colombia Safe for Travelers?

Buenavista, Colombia

Is Colombia safe for travelers? If you’ve ever heard the name Escobar, or FARC, or seen Blow, this question might give you pause. And that’s okay. Your safety is always worth your time when travel and unfamiliarity collide—especially when the world around you keeps rolling out reasons to worry, as it has with Colombia. The Republic […]

Accentuating Your Bogotá Experience

Colombian flag

  Boh-goh-TA. The emphasis is on the last syllable in Bogotá, Colombia’s emerging capital, and that’s important. The failure to confidently push out that last “a”—to release the city’s name on a promising, upward trajectory—is a common occurrence here in the United States, whether by way of unfamiliarity, laziness (me, pre-visit), or whatever. Again, this […]

Cali, Colombia with a Side of Salsa


In America, “Cali” is an abbreviated form of California. You may not always feel good about hearing it, but if the term is dropped on Uncle Sam’s turf, chances are your speaker is calling your attention to our most golden state. But in Colombia, “goin’ back to Cali” means something else entirely. Abbreviated from Santiago […]

Cartagena, Colombia: Where the Caribbean meets Latin America

The view from the roof top pool of the Hotel Charleston Santa Teresa.

Tourist Towns – we’ve all been to one. These are the places where we’re herded in groups through areas that found their way onto the well-worn tourist track. These places are recognizable by their parking lots for tourist buses, sunburnt tourists and the “local” restaurants that have menus in seven different languages. Cartagena, a picture-perfect […]

One perfect day in Bogota, Colombia

The Museo del Oro is home to a stunning collection of pre-Hispanic gold pieces like these.

I recently returned from a short visit to Bogota, Colombia – I was there for less than 48 hours. My friends and family all asked: what could one possibly do with less than two days in a city of that size? You’d be surprised. Despite its reputation, Bogota has a lot to offer the traveler […]