Hidden Gems

Arriving in Colombia

My first experience of Colombia was not like most peoples. The majority of tourists or backpackers fly into Bogotá or Medellin via central Europe or the U.S. I arrived on the coast from Panama via the stunning San Blas islands. The history, culture and lifestyles of the indigenous Kuna people who live here is fascinating to behold and learn about. Such friendly, welcoming people.

San Blas

Found a slice of paradise so decided to take a stroll…

Posted by Hansa Tours on Monday, May 22, 2017

I’ve not seen islands comparable to this in beauty and tranquility since Fiji!

Sapzurro & Capurganá

hidden gemsI disembarked in Capurganá a beautiful spot with a very Caribbean feel, much different to other places I’ve visited in Colombia. A nice hike took you across to Sapzurro and “La Miel” the border with Panama where you could get your passport stamped and briefly flit between each country. I should mention it was compulsory (although in no way enforced) for us to visit Sapzurro for our entry stamp into Colombia within 24 hours of arrival in Capurganá. Sapzurro is famous for its local dish, snails! Overall this area is great, really unique, cheap, beautiful beaches and a vibrant beach bar night scene. The relaxed pace of life and lifestyle coupled with the quaint, friendly, hippyish hostels mean you could easily while away many days here. Unfortunately on one night in such a hostel the roof caved in during the fiercest of storms and I found myself awaking submerged in water! With my room ruined I just wrapped myself in a giant plastic garbage bag and slept in a nearby hammock!

I urge any of you travelling in Colombia to seek out relatively hidden gems like these for a truly rewarding travel experience and a truly authentic Colombian experience!

By | 2017-06-02T11:52:09+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Adventure|1 Comment

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  1. South America Beaches - HansaTours August 14, 2017 at 11:27 am - Reply

    […] Whether it’s the pristine sands of Colombia’s Caribbean coast or the turquoise waters of the paradise that is North East Brazil, South America is a beach goers heaven. If you’re searching for a city with great beaches then you need look no further than Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, but if like me you prefer something more exclusive/remote/different then there are plenty of alternative options to the standard city or coastal resort.Some of my favourite beach spots in Colombia would be Capurganá and Sapzurro, relaxing car free small towns found on coast of the Gulf of Urabá in the Choco department. These quiet bays (sometimes crazy and lively though!) were my first port of call in Colombia after arriving from the stunning Islas de San Blas, for more information about that see my hidden gems blog […]

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