It is fair to say that Colombia stole my heart. It surprised me and exceeded my expectations in a way that very few places can. The people inspired me, the vistas captivated me and the diversity of the country astounded me.
Here are the top 6 places that I find myself raving on about to just about anyone who will listen. Well off the beaten track you won’t find any guidebook touting tourists here. But what you might find, if your lucky, is a little bit of Colombian magic.
Earlier this year I found myself not far from the Colombian border town of Ipiales at what I was told by my Colombian hosts was the ‘cuy’ (guinea pig) mecca. Although Colombia is not famous for cooking this fluffy rodent there is a large number of cuy specialist in this southermost area. I had actually eaten cuy once before at a fancy restaurant in Peru. It was cut into delicate pieces and was no more confronting then any other dining experience. This was an entirely different exercise. I was tentative on entering the small family run restaurant especially considering the whole guinea pigs roasting out, front claws and all. Well, I was in for an experience to say the least. Here is some advice if you find yourself in the same situation.