When my brother informed us that his wedding would take place in his wife-to-be’s hometown of Manizales, Colombia, I was elated. A trip to Colombia wasn’t something that made on our list of countries to visit and a wedding is always a fun excuse to travel somewhere far and exotic.
During our 10 days in Colombia we experienced the warmth of the people (seriously, some of the nicest people I have ever met), the natural beauty of the country, and the richness of both food and culture. If you ever have the opportunity to visit Colombia, do it!
Manizales is knicknamed the Sunset Factory, the sunsets are supposed to be breathtaking when the conditions are right. Unfortunately for us, the conditions were never right, but we didn’t have much time to spare to try to catch on anyhow. I’d imagine this would be an amazing place to catch a sunset.
Our last full day in Colombia, we spent in the popular area called Isla Rosario. It requires a boat ride out to the islands, but considering the water and beaches in Cartagena don’t evoke the traditional Caribbean feel, I think it’s worth a visit. We relaxed, swam, and kayaked at Playa Gentes de Mar.