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Stairway to Heaven: La Piedra del Peñol

Colombia's Piedra del Peñol "The Best View in the World" Just outside of Medellín lies the legendary Piedra del Peñol, a massive granite rock with rewarding views of the surrounding lakes. With an entrance fee of 18,000 pesos, you can climb 740 steps to see what...

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The Unspoken Rules of Staying in a Hostel

As told by experienced backpackers Staying in hostels is by far the most popular choice of accommodation for backpackers. Not only is it usually the cheapest option, but you can also meet fellow travelers to explore the city with. The pros of staying in a hostel...

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Hiking the Cocora Valley in Colombia

A trip to Colombia wouldn't be complete without checking out the Zona Cafetera, Colombia's coffee region, and after a few days taking in the hustle and bustle of Colombia's massive capital city, Bogotá, it was time to make the transition to Colombia's...

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Off the Beaten Path in Portugal

What better way to stray from the tourist trail than to take a local bus to a town you can’t pronounce? After a few days in Lagos, I felt this was the best way to discover a more authentic side of Portugal. An hour and a half later, I hopped off the bus at this random...

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Azulejos em Lisboa

Tiles in Lisbon In almost every major city, you can find incredible artwork tucked away in museums and cathedrals, but in Lisbon, the artwork is on display for all to see. Just take a stroll through the city and you'll find colorful tiles, or azulejos, on façades of...

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Looks Can Be Deceiving in Lagos

You know that feeling when you see an extremely beautiful man (or woman)? You’re in awe of his beauty, dying to get to know him. As you finally find a way to approach him, you realize that behind that beautiful face and tan skin, he can’t hold a conversation to save...

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Spontaneous Adventures in Granada

Granada is a city that, to me, is unparalleled in culture, history, attitude, inspiration, and charm. Whether you’re taking a stroll along the Darro River or you’re exploring the ancient cobblestone labyrinth of the Albayzin, somewhere along the way,...

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Where to Stay in Córdoba, Spain

During the few days I stayed in Córdoba in Spain, I stayed at Option Be Hostel. I highly recommend staying here on your travels through Andalucia. Hostels can range from cozy and inviting to absolutely disgusting. That’s why it’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into before you book a place to stay.

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