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Chocolate Production in Colombia – Workshop “Make your own chocolate”

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    For The Love of Soccer: Colombia
    9 June, 2016
    Soccer in Colombia The great former Liverpool manager Bill Shankly once said: ‘Some people believe soccer is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.’ This quote perfectly describes the state of soccer in Colombia. If you love soccer, Colombia is definitely a place to visit on your pilgrimage. The sport really lives here and the people are equally fanatic about watching as they are about playing soccer. In the national league the stadiums of the top teams are packed each match with devoted fans singing from the top of their lungs. However it is the national team that really gets the people excited. During a game of the national team the whole country is draped in yellow, from the Carribean islands of San Andres to the inner cities of Bogota and Medellin: Everyone is watching their beloved national team. A Brief History After its golden soccer generation of the 1990’s Colombia saw a minor depression in soccer results, excluding winning their first title in the 2001 Copa America (which was held in Colombia). Colombia didn’t manage to qualify for the 2002, 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups. However after a good run in the 2011 Copa America the hope was back that there once again was a golden generation that could reach new heights, with even legendary Colombian soccer player Carlos Valderrama considering them as a team that could become the most successful in Colombian squad in history. A New Golden Generation And he was right! During the 2014 World Cup in Brazil the Colombian national team captivated the whole world with their beautiful soccer and cheerful celebrations after each goal. After defeating Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan in the group stage the whole world became a fan of the team with talented player like Juan Cuadrado and poster-boy James Rodriguez who would eventually end up as the leading goalscorer of the tournament and scoring an absolute screamer against Uruguay securing a place in Colombia’s first-ever quarter-final on a World Cup. Colombia was however eliminated by Host country Brazil in the quarter-final. This didn’t stop tens of thousands of Colombians in Bogota welcoming back their team as heroes. James Rodriguez’ Goal of the Tournament vs. Uruguay Celebrations after Colombia scores a goal at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil A Must-Do Watching a match of the national team together with other Colombians is one of the must-do’s when you visit this country, regardless if you’re a fan or not. In Medellin the best place to watch the match is in Parque Lleras where there is a big screen and many people come together to watch and celebrate. In the end watching it at home with friends or in a big square with many Colombians, the passion and love for the team and soccer is the same. If you also want to experience the real Colombia, check out our destinations page and see where we can take you!
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    The Cheapest Sightseeing Tour In The World
    3 June, 2016
    City Life/Culture/History/Medellin/Tours/Transportation
    The city of Medellin, located in north-central Colombia, has an inspirational story. Only two decades removed from the height of its notoriously violent past, it is now considered to be one of the safest big cities in Latin America, with character, nightlife and public art that any urban area would envy.   Medellín’s Public Transport Surprisingly though, it is Medellín’s public transport system that is one of the city’s biggest highlights. The metro famously played a pivotal role in reducing violence and desperation in Medellín, a miraculous achievement that contributed to it being named one of the top transport systems in the world in 2012 by the international organisation Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. And as a bonus, it offers visitors possibly the least expensive but most comprehensive and photogenic city tour in the world. The city’s impressive elevated metro system, completed in the mid-1990s, was augmented in 2006 and 2008 with the addition of two Metrocable lines. These cable cars, which climb both sides of the valley in which Medellín sits, travel deep into the far-flung and formerly difficult-to-reach shanty towns that are located in the surrounding hills and have had a measureable social impact on the city.   No way to your job Prior to the completion of the cable cars, people stranded in the shanty towns wanting access to jobs, education, healthcare and even basic shopping had to make a slow and arduous journey down the mountainside to get into the city. Sporadic and unpredictable buses were available in some areas, but mostly people walked – sometimes for hours. This isolation, depravation and hopelessness contributed substantially to Medellín’s famous and now rapidly fading history of crime and violence. The Metrocable has made commuting from even the furthest edges of the favelas a quick, affordable and scenic journey, travelling over the mountain and down into the valley where it seamlessly connects with the trains. Access to the system, including transfers between the trains and Metrocables, which effectively allows for an orientation tour of the entire city, is a refreshingly inexpensive 2200 pesos — or about [insert_php] $the_query = new WP_Query( array( ‘posts_per_page’ => 3 ) ); if ( $the_query->have_posts() ) { echo ‘
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    Experiencing Life on a Coffee Farm
    27 May, 2016
    Culture/Gastronomy/Landscape/Medellin/Nature/Relax/Responsible Tourism
    As soon as we were on the way, our guide German got the conversation started. The coffee farm is located at approximately 2 hours driving from Medellin, but thanks to the cosy atmosphere in the bus it felt like the ride was much shorter. On the way there we had a second introduction; this time with the mountainous terrain of Antioquia, you could tell we were not so used to it as we were scared at every turn the driver easily made while laughing. Arriving at the farm we were welcomed by Don Octavio and his warm family and the beautiful view their house offers. If you ever wanted to have a nice dinner with all your friends and family, this is probably the kind of place you would do it. We were welcomed with a nice cup of fresh coffee before we were taken up the hill to see the coffee plants, by our guide; the son of Don Octavio. A Brilliant Idea The family owns and works on the land for .. generations, but Don Octavio is the one that made the most changes and made the farm into what it is today. Most Colombian coffee farms are (almost painfully) inefficient, a lot of daily activities are done the same way as the old times; with a basket on their back the employees of the farm harvest the coffee beans by hand, and when their basket is full they have to carry it all the way down: back to the farm (it has to be said though that the Colombian mountainous area is not very cooperative in making it easy to grow and harvest crop). However Don Octavio found an ingenious way to relieve his workers of this inefficient task, by installing a pipeline that leads from the top of the mountain to his house. Now his workers could simply empty their basket in the pipeline and all the coffee would be gathered in a shed next to the house. Brilliant! Time for Coffee! Now that we had seen how the coffee is grown and harvested, it was time to see how it was made into the coffee that we know and love to drink! We witnessed how the coffee was roasted and were told that the time of roasting varies on taste and differs in each country. After seeing with our own eyes the whole process from planting to roasting of coffee it was time for the best part of the tour: Tasting the coffee! We received several cups of coffee each with a different strength and different way of preparing. We were also taught that apparently real coffee connoisseurs taste coffee by slurping it. It was not long before everyone was slurping and enjoying the coffee we had produced ourselves.   If you want to experience the way coffee is made in Colombia, check out our Destinations page for similar tours!


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