Skip overcrowded Cartagena in favor of bustling Bogotá, luscious Medellín, or salsa-spectacled Santiago de Cali. The Colombian peso is curious to compare to other currencies (one U.S. dollar is worth thousands of pesos), but its prices are comparable to Mexico’s—it’s just weird to hand over a 10,000 peso bill for a cup of coffee. Speaking of coffee, you’re there at the source, and you’re in for some hearty, fresh farm fare, too. But really, don’t shy away from Medellín. It’s an underrated city that’s turned itself around through innovation in infrastructure, a large step away from its cartel days. Plus, it’s got year-round tropical weather and a persistent reggaeton dembow beat, which carries all the way to party city Bogotá.
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