Juan Valdez Cafe!

So what is the most popular cafe in Columbia and in South America?

Juan Valdez! Way cheaper than Starbucks and quality is even better.

It’s a famous Colombian product and is spread across South America in replacement of all the starbucks we see around the world.

It used to be my favourite place to go to in Columbia to chill and read.

Usually coffees range from $1~$3 USD. Their cakes are really good too. For a cheap poor traveller like me it’s a sweet indulgence.

Many of the Juan Valdez cafes all sell their products such as t-shirts, bags and their premium coffee beans and powder.

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Juan Valdez Bag

One side of the wall of the cafe.

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Juan Valdez Cafe in Bogota, Colombia

The cafe itself. Yes it’s fancy. The next starbucks.

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Juan Valdez Cafe

I don’t know if Juan Valdez has stretched its legs to other parts of the world yet.

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Hostel in Bogota

Hostel hunting in Bogota was so much easier than what I had to go through in Medellin and Ecuador.

A taxi driver from the airport brought us to a hostel in La Candelaria (where most of the guesthouses and hostels are).

The hostel he brought us to was really run down and not good at all not to mention really expensive!

So we moved on to the next hostel which turned out to be great! A spacious room with a shared bathroom but with a huge window!

Only 42000 pesos for two people.

Hostel Argon. It has a large kitchen downstairs and coffee is always ready for breakfast.

Cooking is so much cheaper than eating outside. This is true especially in Columbia.

I ended up always using less than $20 per day if IF I cooked (including accommodation).

Usually a lot of vegetables and fruits always costs me $3 and lasts for 3 days too! Muy bien!

The view from the window!

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Another view from the window!

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New friends I made at the hostel. She works at a restaurant nearby and one day decided to cook for us

in the kitchen downstairs!

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Mmmm…Rice with meat and veggies. Best with Columbian beer! Really cheap beer too!

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Bogota! Hola!

First week in Columbia woohoo!!!

I was so tired from our 7 hour lay over in Florida and when we finally reached Bogota all I wanted to do

was to find a guesthouse and sleep non-stop for 3 days. Zzzzzzz….

I wasn’t able to take any pictures because I was so afraid something will happen to my camera after the horror stories I heard.

But rest assured I feel like it’s really safe here in Bogota. As long as you don’t roam around during the night it’s really perfectly fine.

So the story begins when we were so lost in the airport and we went to the information desk and they said they had no

tourist information desk WHAT?! I needed a map ahh

Anyways we were looking so lost at the exit and two men came up and asked where we were going

They said they were going to show us some places

I really thought it was something sketchy and the guy taking us showed us his ID

On his ID it said representative of tourismo or something but hey that id can also be fake. But we just decided to risk it

and thankfully he got us to a safer part of Bogota: La Candelaria!

It’s a really nice part of Bogota where most of the guest houses are and where there is a lot of universities!

The view from our guesthouse!

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Just walking around La Candelaria

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Bolivar Square

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Look at how HUGE these avocados are! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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You can see mountains from all angles. Bogota is surrounded by mountains everywhere!

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On the way to Juan Valerez Cafe 😀 Really good coffee! It’s a chain…in Columbia??

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I need to find out what those are. It’s really creamy, has a lot of fruits in it and topped with cheese with strawberry syrup and one piece

of fresh strawberry. It’s actually not too sweet and good!!

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What I have realized about Bogota so far. Groceries are not that cheap. BUT if you go to nearby markets it does get a lot cheaper. Everything seems to close early around 6-7pm. Maybe even the locals think it’s sketchy at night.

It’s so much cheaper to travel on a long term basis because you’re not restrained by time. So we can book hostels for longer and actually buy groceries to cook (which reduces travel costs by a LOT). A lot of the hostels in Bogota have kitchens.

I’ll be back!

Finally Happening!!

It’s finally happening!!

After two months and a half I am finally going to South America!!

I don’t know whether I will have enough money but I worked as hard as I can switching between three part time jobs so no regrets! Actually I’m pretty sure this isn’t enough but maybe that would make me more open to opportunities out there as I will be travelling so broke. Haha. Maybe begging on the streets with a borrowed guitar. Who knows?

The most important thing is I’m finally going! Next week and I’ll be at my first destination.

Bogota. Columbia.

So keep tuned! I’ll be posting shortly about why I feel like I threw away half of my stuff and my bag still feels so big and heavy!