I remember we were in Ilha Grande, Brazil when we first started reading about Colombia, and amongst all the beauties featured in Lonely Planet, it was Cocora Valley in the Zona Cafetera that caught our attention. Looking back at our time in the country considered too dangerous to visit not long ago, Cocora Valley was the absolute highlight.
I’ve been fascinated with Colombia ever since I was a child. One of the things I wanted to do most was to walk through the coffee plantations, pick coffee beans, see how coffee was made, and although I’m not a coffee drinker, I wanted to taste the coffee. Salento proved to be the perfect place for this dream of mine to come true.
After four days of trekking (44km) in the jungle, I was exhausted. The last day was especially difficult as it was the longest and most tiring one. The temperatures were high and so was the humidity. My feet were covered in blisters and my knees in pain. So, why all the effort? To discover The Lost City. Was it worth it? YES!
From bustling cities, a lively coastline and beautiful mountains, Romania has a lot to offer, Dracula’s castle included :). Although the country as a whole is still considered a hidden gem, the castle of the most famous vampire is not.
Known as the paradise for surfers and backpackers, Jericoacoara – simply called Jeri – has more to offer than just great waves and a relaxed atmosphere. Think gorgeous views of sand dunes and green hills, amazing sunsets,and capoeira demonstrations on the beach.
As one of the best-preserved colonial cities in Brazil, Olinda has major charm. From the beautifully colored streets to the quirky fashion boutiques, the city is both laid back and active – they were still celebrating the Carnaval even after it had officially ended.
A former prison known now as paradise, Ilha Grande attracts Cariocas and international tourists alike. With its beautiful beaches, white sands, and the Atlantic rain forest almost diving into the ocean, there’s no doubt as to why this is such a sought after destination.