Where to stay in Guadeloupe

Where to stay in Guadeloupe — The Butterfly Islands

Located in the Caribbean Sea, Guadeloupe is an archipelago that consists of more than 12 islands, several of which are inhabited. Sometimes referred to as the Butterfly Islands, due to the shape, Guadeloupe is a French overseas region, with the largest city being Pointe-à-Pitre, but the capital is Basse-Terre.  

Tourism, along with agriculture and light industries, is one of the most important sources of income for this archipelago. Over the years, they have been working on further developing the tourism industry and attracting more visitors.

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5 best places to stay in Guadeloupe

The two largest islands, which also create the butterfly shape of the archipelago, are Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre. Pointe-à-Pitre, the largest city and the economic capital of Guadeloupe, is located on Grande-Terre. Some of the other cities include Baie-Mahault, St Anne, Le Moule, Le Gosier, and St François.

Here are our top 5 picks for places to stay in Guadeloupe:

  1. St Anne
  2. Le Gosier
  3. Pointe-à-Pitre
  4. Le Moule
  5. Basse-Terre
5 best places to stay in Guadeloupe 
St Anne A city situated on Grande-Terre, one of the most tourist-oriented area in Guadeloupe, an excellent place for first-time visitors.
Le Gosier  The hub of nightlife in Guadeloupe, this is where you are most likely to have a great night out.
Pointe-à-Pitre As the financial capital and largest city, Pointe-à-Pitre is our pick for the best place to stay for an extended period of time.
Le Moule A great place for people who enjoy visiting museums and exhibitions. This place is also a bit quieter and not so action-packed like some other areas.
Basse-Terre Basse-Terre is our selection for a place to visit for travelers on a budget.

Getting around Guadeloupe

There is public transport in Guadeloupe in the form of buses, however, they are quite unreliable, unpredictable, and not so safe. Your best option for getting around and exploring everything that Guadeloupe has to offer is by renting a car. There are quite a number of rental car companies, so you have plenty of options to choose from.

Where to stay in Guadeloupe for the first time — St Anne

St Anne has focused, in recent years, most of its attention on developing tourism, but agriculture is still equally important and prominent which is evident in the famous market Marché de Sainte-Anne. Other great places include Plage de la Caravelle, Plage de Bois Jolan, and Karaib Rider’s Park.

Things to see and do in St Anne

Here are some of our suggestions for things to do:

  • Shop at Marché de Sainte-Anne
  • Relax at Plage de Bois Jolan
  • Have fun at the Karaib Rider’s Park

Marché de Sainte-Anne

This small and charming local market sells fresh fruits, vegetables, spices, souvenirs, arts and crafts, and a lot more. It is located really close to the beach.

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Plage de Bois Jolan

Enjoy your stay in St Anne by visiting the Plage de Bois Jolan. This beach is known for its glistening white sand, tall palm trees, and beautiful and calm blue waters.

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Karaib Rider’s Park

Karaib Rider’s Park is a water park suited for all ages. Head out to this park and have fun in the water.

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Where to stay in St Anne

St Anne offers a number of places close to the beach with the average price per night being about $92 with some being lower than that but most above that price range. These are our suggestions:

Affordable: Hotel Gli Gli

 

 

 

 

 

Mid-range: an apartment surrounded by the beautiful and alluring nature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury: La Toubana Hôtel et Spa

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Guadeloupe for nightlife – Le Gosier

Le Gosier is considered to be the best place to stay if you are looking for bars and clubs. A lot of them are located near the beach or even on it. Our suggestions are based on the atmosphere, music, and drinks.

Things to see and do in Le Gosier

Here are some of our picks:

  • La Rhumerie
  • Le Petit New-York
  • Zoo Rock Cafe

La Rhumerie

La Rhumerie is a bar that serves excellent cocktails accompanied by fantastic live music. A guaranteed way to have a great time.

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Le Petit New-York

This club comes alive during the night with the neon lights and great music provided by the DJ. Here you can hear everything from hip-hop to rock.

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Zoo Rock Cafe

Head out to this restaurant and enjoy a delicious meal with some tasty drinks and great music playing in the background.

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Where to stay in Le Gosier

One particularly noticeable feature of apartments in Le Gosier, and in Guadeloupe in general, is that they are decorated with interesting objects and painted in vibrant colors. The prices for a night in an apartment in Le Gosier go from about $25 to around $80, on average. 

Here are some suggestions for where to stay:

Affordable: a vibrant and colorful apartment with a pool.

Mid-range: this bright and modern studio is located in an ideal location – right next to the beach. 

Luxury: an apartment with a beautiful view of the blue sea, close to shops, bars, and restaurants.

For other options in Le Gosier check out Airbnb

Where to stay in Guadeloupe long term—Pointe-à-Pitre

As the largest city in Guadeloupe, as well as being the economic center, Pointe-à-Pitre has a number of things to offer to people who are thinking of making this their home for a longer period of time. The main international airport, Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport, is located in this city. Pointe-à-Pitre consists of 7 communes: Les Abymes, Baie-Mahault, Petit-Bourg, Le Gosier, Pointe-à-Pitre, Lamentin, and Goyave.

Things to see and do in Pointe-à-Pitre

Pointe-à-Pitre has some great attractions to offer. Some of those include Pavillon de La Ville, Victory Square, Saint-John Perse Museum, and Memorial ACTe. There are also two local markets, Market Darse and Spice Market.

Here are some of our suggestions for things to do and see while in Pointe-à-Pitre:

  • Visit Memorial ACTe
  • Visit Saint-John Perse Museum
  • Visit Victory Square

Memorial ACTe

Learn about the dark and unpleasant history behind this archipelago. This is a museum dedicated to commemorating the slave trade and slavery. These unfortunate events shaped Guadeloupe into what it is today and it’s important to educate ourselves about it.

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Saint-John Perse Museum

A museum dedicated to Alexis Léger who is perhaps better known as Saint-John Perse. He was a French poet and Nobel laureate.

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Victory Square

A once historical location, now it serves as a public park where people gather to meet, walk or dine. There are a bunch of restaurants nearby. This park is also close to some of the aforementioned attractions and sites.

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Where to stay in Pointe-à-Pitre

Our suggestions for places to stay were based on price, comfort, and location. On average, a night in an apartment in Pointe-à-Pitre is about $77.

Here are some suggestions:

Affordable: a large air-conditioned studio in the heart of Pointe-à-Pitre, easy access to other places and shops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mid-range: a blue apartment with simple and clean interior design, at an excellent location.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury: a spacious and luxurious hotel.

 

Where to stay in Sayulita

Where to stay in Sayulita, a hidden pearl on the Mexican coast

Want to experience authentic Mexican culture and enjoy gorgeous beaches and, at the same time, stay away from the tourist crowds? If so, Sayulita may be the destination of your dreams. This little town on the Pacific coast is a gorgeous place for both vacations and permanent stays. 

Although tiny, Sayulita has a lot to offer. This picturesque town prides itself on its wonderful nature, beautiful beaches, and friendly lifestyle. It has been the main surfing destination for decades, so beach activities are one of its strongest points. In Sayulita, you can spend your days learning how to surf and scuba dive and enjoy your evenings sipping cocktails and eating local specialties. Sayulita is also known as a wellness retreat as yoga and meditation are an important part of the local culture. Its location is fantastic and you can take daily trips to larger cities such as Puerto Vallarta, explore the Marieta islands, or even go whale watching. Whatever your needs may be, you can rest assured that your stay in Sayulita will be one of the best in your life.

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Transportation in Sayulita

Sayulita has a public bus system that can be useful when exploring the city. Unfortunately, the buses aren’t very reliable, so not many people use them. Both locals and foreigners prefer renting cars or even better, golf carts. Golf carts are incredibly popular and you will see them on every corner. Since Sayulita is such a small town, you won’t have to rely on any sort of transportation—you can get to the city center from each neighborhood in about 20 minutes. 

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5 best neighborhoods to stay in Sayulita

Since Sayulita is such a small town, there aren’t many neighborhoods to choose from. You will find most of the popular locations in the central area. But that doesn’t mean that the surrounding neighborhoods have nothing to offer. If you don’t like crowds or don’t want to spend too much money, one of the suburban areas will probably be to your liking. Wherever you decide to stay, you will still be close to the city center. To help you pick the best area, we have made a rundown of our favorite Sayulita neighborhoods:

  1. Central
  2. Sayulita Plaza
  3. Gringo Hill
  4. The South End
  5. The North End

Our picks were based on these factors:

  1. Interesting things to see and do
  2. The overall atmosphere of the neighborhood
  3. Cost of staying
  4. Location
  5. Safety
Where to stay in Sayulita, Mexico
Best for the first time Central A lively, downtown area where you will find all major spots
Best for nightlife Sayulita Plaza A downtown square surrounded by pubs, bars, and restaurants
Best for budget travelers Gringo Hill A suburban area on the hill with cheap accommodation
Best for bohemians The South End An interesting neighborhood surrounded by wonderful nature and pristine beaches
Best for staying long term The North End A peaceful residential area with all the amenities you may need

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Where to stay in Sayulita for the first time: Central

The so-called Central is the main downtown area of Sayulita. This neighborhood is ideal for your first visit as it is in the vicinity of all major tourist stops. Central is where you will find most shops, restaurants, and bars. There are many street vendors and boutiques, as well as several high-end shops. If you like crowded places where all the action takes place, Central may be the best neighborhood for you. The only downside to this area is that there are few accommodation options with an ocean view. 

What to do in Central 

In Central, you’ll never get bored. Whether you are looking for great food, sandy beaches, or trendy shops, you won’t have to waste your time searching for good places to visit: this neighborhood has something for everyone. To help you pick the best spots, we have selected some of the most interesting places to visit in Central:

  • Playa Principal
  • Evoke The Spirit Gallery
  • Mercado del Pueblo
  • Don Pedro’s Restaurant & Bar
  • Aloha Sayulita

Playa Principal

Two kilometers long, Playa Principal is the main beach in the town. The beach is filled with cafes, restaurants, and interesting lounges. If you want to go sunbathing or just dip your toes in the Pacific, this beach should be your first stop. You can also try out some of the beach activities, such as surfing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. If you’re not into these types of sports and prefer a relaxing swimming experience, make sure to check the swimming safety first. Red flags are quite common due to the undertow. The southern part of the beach is usually crowded, so if you need some peace and tranquility, go to the northern side instead. 

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Mercado del Pueblo

As it is the only farmers’ market in Sayulita, Mercado del Pueblo has a lot to offer. It is a fantastic place to buy organic, natural food, try local snacks, and experiment with Mexican spices. You will also see many merchants, craftsmen, and artists selling their best works, which makes this market an ideal place for buying souvenirs and gifts. You will be surprised by inexpensive leather bags, bohemian home decor, and wonderful jewelry made of precious stones and metals. 

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Where to stay in Central

As the very heart of the town, Central offers many accommodation options, ranging from cheap to luxurious. Here are our top picks for this area:

Budget option: this tropical guesthouse near the town center.

Moderate price: this cute comfy house

Luxurious option: this amazing villa near the beach

Where to stay in Sayulita for nightlife: Sayulita Plaza

Sayulita Plaza is the main square in this charming little town. It is located at the very heart of the town center. The Plaza is the hottest spot in Sayulita and it is where you will find the crowd. This small area is full of interesting restaurants and shops, and there is even a small chapel that you may find interesting. The streets surrounding the Plaza are filled with bars and lounges, so you will have plenty of nightlife options. Since Sayulita is such a small place, don’t expect to find any clubs that are open all night. 

Where to go out around Sayulita Plaza

Whether you want to sip a cocktail and unwind after a long day on the beach or enjoy spicy Mexican food while listening to a local band, Sayulita Plaza is the place where your wishes will come true. There are many wonderful bars and restaurants, all known for their warm and friendly atmosphere. Here are some places we think you shouldn’t miss:

  • Don Pato Pub
  • El Mezcalito
  • YamBak
  • Aria Lounge
  • Cava
  • Atico
  • La Zouave

Don Pato Pub

If you’re looking for a hip place to take cheap shots and dance to the beat of the best local bands, Don Pato may be the perfect place for you. Both locals and foreigners visit this pub so the atmosphere is lively and vibrant. Don Pato is one of the few places that stay crowded until late at night and it’s usually open until 3 am. Most of the time, this pub hosts live gigs, although there is also a DJ from time to time. 

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Aria Lounge

Aria Lounge is the best place in Sayulita for party animals. It is probably the most crowded place in the town and certainly the wildest. Sayulita is known for its fantastic dancing parties, great DJs, and free body paint that will make you glow in the dark. Mexican music is not very common in this lounge and most of the time you will hear songs from current top charts and some old-school hip hop. The lounge has two levels and includes a huge balcony with a beautiful view of the whole Sayulita Plaza. Working hours vary from day to day but on weekends, the lounge is open until 3 am. 

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Where to stay near Sayulita Plaza

The streets surrounding Sayulita Plaza offer a wide range of accommodation options. The average price per night is around $80, although there are many more affordable rooms. Check out our favorite AirBnBs:

Budget option: this private room overlooking the Plaza.

Midrange option: this bohemian room by the Plaza.

Luxurious option: this studio with access to the pool located right across the street from the major bars

Where to stay in Sayulita on a budget: Gringo Hill

Gringo Hill is a neighborhood located on a hill overlooking the town. This area is known for having accommodation with a beautiful ocean view. The prices are lower than in the very center, so it is a favorite among budget travelers. Although it is located on the outskirts, Gringo Hill is close to the city center, and especially to Sayulita Plaza. It won’t take you more than 15 minutes to get to the downtown area on foot. Still, we recommend using a car or a golf cart as the hill is pretty steep, so your return to the accommodation may turn into a workout. 

What to do in Gringo Hill

Gringo Hill is doesn’t have as many interesting places to visit as other parts of the town, as it is mostly a residential area. If you stay in this area, you will probably spend most of your time in the center. If you do decide to spend your day in the neighborhood, there are a few places you should consider visiting: 

  • Quintas Trujillo
  • Iglesia Apostólica De La Fe En Cristo Jesús
  • Trivia El Café del Mar
  • Sayulita Nayarit Mexico
  • Cocos Sports Bar

Trivia El Café del Mar

If you want to give the local coffee a try, Trivia El Café del Mar is a place you shouldn’t miss. Known as the best coffee shop in the town, it will probably provide you with the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had. Tourists also like this place because it serves fantastic Greek meals, as well as delicious pastries. If you’re looking for a reasonably priced place to have breakfast every day, Trivia El Café del Mar may be a perfect pick for you.

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Cocos Sports Bar

Located in the area where Gringo Hill meets the town square, Cocos Sports Bar is the best place in the city to experience authentic Mexican cuisine. You can enjoy delicious seafood, watch a football game while sipping cold beer and eating tacos or show off your pool skills. The food is just outstanding and the prices more than reasonable. 

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Where to stay in Gringo Hill

Although Gringo Hill offers many luxurious accommodation options and the average price per night is around $100, this neighborhood has hundreds of cheap but nice AirBnBs. Here are some ideas where you could stay:

Budget option: this exceptionally affordable apartment

Mid-range option: this amazing apartment

More expensive option: this fantastic rooftop house

Where to stay in Sayulita for bohemians: the South End

The South End is a relatively new area in the town, filled with great accommodation options and expats’ houses. The neighborhood is known for having the best ocean view in whole Sayulita. The area is home to several interesting bars and restaurants, as well as gorgeous beaches. The South End is also fantastic for fans of the macabre, as its colorful cemetery is unlike any cemetery you’ve ever seen. Although the South End is a beautiful area with a couple of interesting places, keep in mind that it is not as lively as the downtown area. Luckily, the neighborhood is located close to the city center and it won’t take you more than 15–20 minutes to get to the major tourist spots.

What to see and do in the South End

  1. Playa de los Muertos
  2. Si Señor Sayulita
  3. Carricitos Beach

Playa de los Muertos

If you think Playa Principal is too crowded and loud, you shouldn’t miss Playa de los Muertos. This beach is off the beaten path, and it takes a couple of minutes of jungle hike to reach it. Locals sometimes call it “the secret beach” as many visitors never even learn it exists! It is an ideal place for enjoying pristine nature and getting some peace and quiet. There are two small caves linking Playa de los Muertos the main beach that you may also find interesting. 

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Si Señor Sayulita

If you want to try luxurious dining in Sayulita way, Si Señor Sayulita is a restaurant you should consider visiting. The ambiance is gorgeous, food outstanding, and the service remarkable. Another thing that makes this restaurant stand out is the fact that, unlike in most places, the staff speaks English incredibly well. You won’t have to use your broken high-school Spanish or play charades with the waiters to get your favorite meal. 

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Where to stay in the South End

Due to its exceptional natural beauty and high status, the South End is a bit more expensive than other parts of the town. On average, one night in this neighborhood will cost you around $100. Take a look at our favorite AirBnBs:

Budget option: this villa near Playa de los Muertos

Midrange option: this beautiful bungalow with a swimming pool

Luxurious option: this large house near the city center

Where to stay in Sayulita long term: the North End

The North End and the Nanzal neighborhood are located in the northern part of the Sayulita Bay. This area is mostly residential and quite new: almost all the buildings were built in the last two decades. It is a peaceful neighborhood where you can enjoy a relaxing lifestyle. The ocean view is breathtaking, especially during the sunset. The North End is the sunniest place in Sayulita so it can get pretty hot during the summer months. The neighborhood is near the city center and the main beach and it should take you less than 20 minutes to reach the most crowded spots. 

What to do in the North End

Although the North End is mostly a residential area, there are a couple of places worth visiting. The neighborhood is home to many useful shops, as well as several nice restaurants. It also has its own beach, so you won’t have to mix up with tourist crowds. If you decide to settle in the North End, we suggest you check out these places:

  1. North Sayulita Beach
  2. Jardin Secreto (Secret Garden)
  3. Sayulita Beach Church
  4. La Terrazola

North Sayulita Beach

On the North Sayulita Beach, you won’t have to waste hours on finding a free beach bed: all you need to do is put your towel on the first spot you like and open your umbrella. This area is way less crowded than the main Sayulita beach, so you can enjoy your sunbathing session without the irritating presence of hundreds of people. The people who visit this beach are usually hip campers and locals. Since it is usually empty, the beach is known as the favorite place of Sayulita’s animal population. You can watch turtles taking care of their eggs and pelicans diving into the ocean. 

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La Terrazola

If dining fantastic seafood by the ocean seems like an attractive idea, you should hit La Terrazola as soon as you come to the North End. The ambiance and atmosphere are beautiful and romantic. You can try real Mexican guacamole and fajitas, or give a chance to the restaurant’s specialty: fresh tuna ceviche. La Terrazola also has a high-quality wine list, as well as delicious margaritas and other cocktails. 

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Where to stay in the North End

Whether you are looking for a cheap room or a high-end apartment, you’ll find what you need in this neighborhood. Have a look at our top picks:

Budget option: this nice room near the beach

Midrange option: this modern apartment near the city center

Luxurious option: this stunning traditional villa

Don’t see anything you like? Browse for more AirBnBs here!

Where to stay in Bogota

Where should you stay in Bogota? It depends on what you like

Bogota is becoming a more and more popular traveling destination every year. The capital of Colombia truly has a lot to offer to its visitors. Colombians are known for their friendly, tourist-welcoming nature, and the city has a bit exotic vibe. 

Bogota has something for everyone, whatever their interests may be. It is filled with galleries and museums, so anyone interested in its colonial history will be thrilled to visit it. The city is also known for its urban culture, so you can enjoy its street murals and modern art galleries. Bogotans also know how to party and there are many clubs and bars where you may have the time of your life. Add to that delicious food and world-renowned Colombian coffee and you get a perfect city for both traveling and living. 

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Transportation in Bogota

Bogota is famous for its TransMilenio public transport system, which is the world’s largest BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) system to this day! For more information on how to get around, check out their official website.

5 best areas to stay in Bogota

Even though Bogota has managed to get rid of its reputation as a dangerous city, there are still some areas that are best to be avoided. Still, there are plenty of beautiful, safe neighborhoods that will suit your needs, whatever they may be. To help you pick the best place to stay in Bogota, we have selected some of our favorite neighborhoods:

  1. Teusaquillo
  2. Chapinero
  3. La Candelaria
  4. Zona Rosa
  5. Usaquén

When deciding which areas to include, we considered several factors:

  1. The overall vibe of the neighborhood
  2. The cultural and historical value
  3. Interesting things to do and see
  4. Safety
  5. How connected the area is to other parts of the city
  6. Cost of staying
Where to stay in Bogota, Colombia
Best for first-timers Teusaquillo Peaceful central area with lots of things to see and do
Best for bohemian souls Chapinero A diverse, trendy neighborhood with hip bars, shops, and markets
Best on a budget La Candelaria The affordable area near the center with many sights
Best for partying Zona Rosa Pedestrian party district filled with bars and clubs
Best for a long-term stay Usaquén A calm neighborhood that is home to many expats

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Where to stay in Bogota on your first visit—Teusaquillo

Teusaquillo is an ideal place for first-time Bogota visitors. It is located near the city center and well-connected to near-by neighborhoods such as Santa Fe and La Candelaria. This area is rather peaceful, so you won’t have to worry about your safety. Teusaquillo is home to many monuments, street markets, and restaurants, as well as to a couple of museums. It is known for its many green areas where most major concerts and festivals are hosted. 

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Where to go in Teusaquillo

  • Simon Bolivar Metropolitan Park for nature lovers
  • Casatinta Galeria for fans of modern art

Best for outdoor lovers: Simon Bolivar Metropolitan Park

The largest park in the city, Simon Bolivar is a place Bogota is very proud of. You can spend hours walking around in the fresh air, relax by its magnificent lake, or visit the botanical garden. If you’re on vacation with your kids, you’ll be glad to hear that there are several playgrounds around the park. 

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Best for modern art fans: Casatinta Galeria

Casatinta Galeria is probably unlike any gallery you have seen. It showcases major Colombian illustrations and graphic arts. The gallery also hosts all sorts of workshops so you can brush up your calligraphy or character creation skills. 

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Where to stay in Teusaquillo

AirBnBs in Teusaquillo are generally cheap, and the average price per night is around $30. Check out some of our top picks:

 

Budget option: Casa Cubil – Informal hostel in a 1940s home featuring a bar, an elegant lounge & a terrace, plus free breakfast.

 

 

 

 

 

Midrange option: this modern loft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxurious option: Grand Hyatt Bogotá – Upscale hotel featuring 2 restaurants, an indoor pool & a spa, plus complimentary parking & Wi-Fi.

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Bogota for bohemian souls—Chapinero

If you want to experience a more authentic, hip vibe, Chapinero will be the perfect area for you. Known as the coolest neighborhood in Bogota, it is located in the central area of the city. Chapinero is incredibly diverse: its northern part is posh and known for luxury shopping centers while the central and southern parts are more laid back and culture-oriented. 

It is filled with indie cafes, vegetarian restaurants, markets, and street art. You can roam around experimenting with different types of coffee or try out craft beers. It is also the center of the LGBT community and home to the world’s largest LGBT club, Theatron.


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Places to visit in Chapinero

  • Parque del Chico for culture vultures
  • Zona G for the foodies
  • Teatro Libre De Bogotá for theater lovers

Best for culture vultures: Parque del Chico

This beautiful park is located in the northern part of the neighborhood. Besides beautiful nature, Parque del Chico has its own museum, located in a colonial hacienda, where you can see all sorts of textiles, glassware, and ceramics. Other notable cultural destinations are a Monument to the Heroes and Our Lady of Lourdes Church.


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Best for foodies: Zona G

Zona G (G for gastronomy) is the major place in Bogota for Colombian cuisine lovers. There are hundreds of restaurants and food stalls in this area so you can try out food from all around the world.


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Best for theater buffs: Teatro Libre De Bogotá

Teatro Libre De Bogotá is an amazing place for drama fans. Built in the 1970s, it is one of Colombia’s most influential theaters. You can watch all sorts of plays by major Colombian playwrights, including Marquez, Navajas, and Camacho, as well as Shakespeare’s plays.


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Where to stay in Chapinero

Chapinero is a popular area with a lot of hostel options! The average price per night is around $30. Check out our top picks:

Budget option: this cozy, budget-friendly place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Midrange option: this modern flat near Zona G.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxurious option: B.O.G Hotel – 5 Estrellas de Lujo 

Luxury hotel featuring a fitness center & a spa, plus a rooftop heated pool with a bar & a terrace.

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Bogota on a budget: La Candelaria

If you’re a student on a budget or an adventurous backpacker, you will fall in love with La Candelaria. Although this area is very close to the city center and within walking distance of major sights, the accommodation is surprisingly cheap. You can choose between hundreds of family-owned hostels and small hotels. 

La Candelaria is the historical center of the city, so there are plenty of interesting things to see, including colonial architecture, museums, and cobblestone streets filled with small bars. The only problem with this neighborhood is that it is not as safe as some more expensive ones. You will be fine during the day, but make sure not to wander too far away from the main street at night.


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What to see in La Candelaria

  • Bolivar Plaza for the tourist within
  • Museo Botero for the classical art fix
  • Graffiti Tour for the urban bugs

Best overall: Bolivar Plaza

Bolivar Plaza is the main square in La Candelaria and tourists’ main destination. Besides bars and restaurants, you can visit the beautiful Cathedral of Colombia, as well as Casa del Floreno (the Independence Museum).


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Best for art lovers: Museo Botero

Museo Botero is a museum that every art lover needs to visit. Most works you will find there are paintings and sculptures by Fernando Botero but you can also see the works of other notable artists, such as Degas, Dali, and Picasso.


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Best for urban souls: Graffiti Tour

If you love urban art, we recommend taking the Graffiti Tour. La Candelaria is full of wonderful murals and street art worthy of admiration. The guide will tell you all about the controversy behind these murals and how they tackle some political and cultural issues. The best thing is that the tour is free of charge!


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Where to stay in La Candelaria

La Candelaria stays will not break the bank, as the average price per night is around $24. Check out some of our favorites:

Budget option: this cozy, authentic hostel – Hostal Fátima

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Midrange option: this place in the historical center of the neighborhood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxurious option: Hotel de la Opera – located next to the Cristóbal Colón Theatre and opposite the San Carlos Palace, Hotel De La Opera offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and cable TV. Facilities include an indoor pool.

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Bogota for partying: Zona Rosa

Zona Rosa will make any party animal’s dreams come true. Located in the northern part of the city, this area is heaven-sent for anyone looking for a great party. It is filled with bars, clubs, restaurants, and casinos. There are also several shopping malls, both for budget and designer label shopping. The major part of the area, called Zona T, is pedestrian. Since it is primarily known for its party vibe, there is a lot of police in the area, which makes it relatively safe. 

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Where to go in Zona Rosa

  • Andres Carne de Res for classic Colombian party time
  • Armando Records for clubbers
  • Hard Rock Cafe for casual nights

Best for authentic Colombian parties: Andres Carne de Res

If you want to get a taste of the local nightlife culture, make sure to visit this amazing restaurant. It offers delicious Colombian cuisine and is known for its wild salsa and rumba parties.


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Best for clubbing: Armando Records

Armando Records is known as the best club with live music. Only the most exceptional Colombian live bands get to play their hot Latino music there. The bar is well-stocked, cocktail menu fantastic, and atmosphere amazing.


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Best for casual nights out: Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe is one of the most recognizable places in Zona Rosa and is incredibly popular. You can try out local beers while enjoying Bogotan live bands or show off your singing skills on their karaoke nights.


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Where to stay in Zona Rosa

Since Zona Rosa is the party central of Bogota, the prices per night are a bit higher, around $60. Here are some of our top picks:

Budget option: this AirBnB in the center of the area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Midrange option: this loft with a stunning view.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxurious option: this high-end luxury stay – Radisson Bogota Metrotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to Stay in Patagonia

Where to stay in Patagonia — an explorer’s heaven

Choosing where to stay in Patagonia depends on your budget, vibe, and interests. Patagonia is a region of South America shared by Chile and Argentina. Around 10% of the region falls under the jurisdiction of Chile, and the remaining 90% belong to Argentina. Patagonia is a huge area that isn’t densely populated, and it has some of the most diverse and incredible fauna and flora. Thanks to these factors, Patagonia has been able to preserve its natural beauty and keep it pristine and unspoiled. Over the years, Patagonia has become somewhat of a paradise for adventurers and explorers who seek excitement and thrills.

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Best places to explore in Patagonia, Chile

In the Chilean part of Patagonia, there are five regions: Aysén, Araucanía, Los Lagos Region, Los Ríos Region, and Magallanes. Each of these regions is further subdivided into administrative areas, towns, cities, municipalities, etc.

About the regions
Aysén This region is home to a number of glaciers, lakes, fjords, rainforests, and icefields. Aysén is one of the least populated regions in Patagonia, ideal for people who like to explore nature and dislike large gatherings and crowds.
Araucanía The homeland of the indigenous Mapuche people, it is filled with many national parks and national reserves. There is also a large number of unspoiled forests. In Araucanía, you can find the largest city of Patagonia—Temuco.
Los Lagos Region Bordered by Los Ríos Region and Aysén, to the north and south respectively, and by the Pacific on the west and Argentina on the east, Los Lagos Region is home to the wild environment and several protected areas. The protected areas include nine parks and two national monuments.
Los Ríos Region Los Ríos Region is divided into two provinces: Valdivia and Ranco Province. Its economy relies mostly on tourism, manufacturing, and forestry. 
Magallanes Magallanes is the largest and southernmost of all the regions. Some of the more prominent and well-known landscapes and attractions include Cape Horn, Strait of Magellan, Tierra del Fuego, and Torres del Paine. A large portion of the land is uninhabitable. The majority of the population that lives in this region is situated in the capital, Punta Arenas.

How to get around Patagonia

The best way to see and explore Patagonia and all it has to offer is by car. By renting a car, you have the liberty and independence to travel across Patagonia at your own pace. On a side note, there are some areas where there aren’t that many gas stations, so you should keep that in mind when traveling.

Where to stay in Patagonia for the first time—Magallanes

Patagonia as a whole is ideal for travelers who love the great outdoors and who enjoy exploring nature. However, a starting point is necessary, and our pick is Magallanes. This region can offer something to everybody.

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Things to see and do in Magallanes

These are some of our suggestions for places to visit during your stay in Magallanes.

  • Visit The Penguins Natural Monument
  • Learn at museum Nao Victoria
  • Explore Pali-Aike National Park

Los Pingüinos Natural Monument

This monument is a popular tourist destination that is typically open to people from October to March. It is home to the Magellanic penguin, as well as other species such as sea lions, dolphin gulls, common gulls, imperial shags, and South American fur seals. It’s open from 2 pm to 7 pm.

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Museo Nao Victoria

The museum is primarily dedicated to Ferdinand Magellan and Nao Victoria (or simply, Victoria)— the first ship to successfully circumnavigate the globe. Located in Punta Arenas, the capital of the Magallanes region, it offers its visitors a great history lesson and an opportunity to explore the replica of the ship. You can also find replicas of tools used during that time, as well as documentation and books.

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Pali-Aike National Park

The landscapes of this park include volcanoes, forests, and caves. It is full of different kinds of plants and animals, some of which are native only to this region. According to the local people, this is where the devil resides. 

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Where to stay in Patagonia for explorers—Aysén

Aysén is an explorer’s paradise. This region is gaining popularity among explorers because of its alluring and breathtaking natural beauty. Here, you can see the magical Marble Caves, the San Rafael Glacier, the Northern Patagonian Ice Field, Cerro Castillo, and so much more.

Things to see and do in Aysén

Here are some suggestions for places to explore.

  • Visit Queulat National Park
  • Explore the blue and beautiful Marble Caves
  • Visit Cerro Castillo

Queulat National Park

In this stunning park, you can witness the amazing hanging glacier under which a waterfall trickles down. You can also walk through the park and see its impressive animals and plants.

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Marble Caves

Kind of mystical and magical with its blue crystals and waters, the Marble Caves truly are a wonder of nature. This awe-inspiring sight is most definitely worth visiting.

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Cerro Castillo

Find a guide and explore the wildlife this mountain has to offer. There is also the option to set up a tent here and camp. 

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Where to stay in Patagonia long term—Araucanía

Araucanía is our pick for a place to stay for a longer period of time. Its largest and most populous city is Temuco. Some other large cities worth visiting are Angol and Villarrica. We picked this region because it offers expats the opportunity to work and find a job. There is also a large number of immigrants from all over the world.

Things to see and do in Araucanía

Here are some ideas for things to do during your stay in Araucanía.

  • Relax at Caburgua Lake
  • Dine at A la Olla 
  • Shop at Vivo Outlet Mall

Caburgua Lake

Have a fun and relaxing day at Caburgua Lake. The sights and views are a feast for the eyes. 

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A la Olla restaurant

Dine at this restaurant with a gorgeous setting, and you’ll enjoy every single bite.

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Vivo Outlet Mall

If you’re a bit of a shopaholic, you’ll love Vivo Outlet—a shopping center that has all the trendy shops, along with a food court and a cinema. 

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Where to stay in Bocas del Toro

Where to stay in Bocas del Toro, a fascinating Panamanian group of islands

Wonderful nature, fascinating coral reefs, and gorgeous beaches—Bocas del Toro has it all. This idyllic island has become Panama’s hotspot, and for a good reason. The area has plenty of entertainment and relaxation options to offer and it is still relatively affordable. With its interesting cuisine, secluded beaches, and friendly vibe, we’re sure Bocas del Toro will win your heart. 

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5 best neighborhoods to stay in Bocas del Toro

Bocas del Toro is a wonderful province and whichever area you choose, you won’t regret it. It all comes down to your own preferences and needs. Bocas del Toro has both urban, lively places and peaceful, noiseless areas. To help you pick the best destination, we have selected our favorite places:

  1. Bocas Town
  2. Isla Colon
  3. Isla Carenero
  4. Big Creek
  5. The western part of Bocas Town

Our picks were based on these criteria:

  1. Natural beauty and beaches
  2. Fun things to see and do
  3. Cost of staying
  4. Location
  5. Safety
Where to stay in Bocas del Toro
Best for nightlife Bocas Town The epicenter of bars, clubs, and restaurants on the islands
Best for your first visit Isla Colon The biggest island in the province with a wide range of accommodation and entertainment options
Best for bohemian souls Isla Carenero A peaceful surfers’ paradise with outstanding nature
Best on a budget Big Creek An affordable area close to the town
Best for a long-term stay The western part of Bocas Town A neighborhood in the town, less noisy than the eastern part

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Where to stay in Bocas del Toro for nightlife: Bocas Town

Bocas Town is the biggest town on Isla Colon and the major urban center of Bocas del Toro Province. Unlike other parts of the island, Bocas Town doesn’t have beautiful beaches and magnificent nature. Still, it is the most vibrant part of the island. This tiny town is where you will find most bars, pubs, and beach restaurants. Its nightlife is fantastic and you can attend parties that you’ll remember for years to come. 

Where to spend your evenings in Bocas Town

Bocas Town has a lot of nightlife options to offer so you will easily find places that suit your own needs. From live gigs and lively dancefloors to casual bars and pubs, whatever your inner party animal craves, the town will provide it for you. If you want to have a great time in Bocas Town, make sure to visit these places:

  • Bocas Bookstore Bar
  • Bocas Pub Cruise
  • Bom Bom Beach Bar
  • Summer Beach Club

Summer Beach Club

If you’re looking for a wild beach party with lots of people, delicious cocktails, and amazing DJs, Summer Beach Club is a place you shouldn’t miss. The atmosphere is incredible and the dancefloor is crowded at all times. The music is mostly what you can hear on current top charts but you may also discover some local hits. The club is open until 3 am so you don’t need to worry about the party ending early. 

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Where to stay in Bocas Town

Bocas Town has hundreds of hotels, hostels, and AirBnBs to offer. On average, one night will cost you around $60. Check out our favorite places:

Budget option: this whole home in the center

Midrange option: a private room in this tropical B&B.

Luxurious option: this wonderful room in a cozy guesthouse

Browse for more options here

Where to stay in Bocas del Toro for the first time — Isla Colon

Isla Colon is the main island in the Bocas del Toro Province. It is home to many wonderful beaches, cute little neighborhoods, and fantastic scenery. The island has plenty of beach activities to offer and is one of the favorite surfers’ destinations. Since it is rather small, you can move around the island easily and see all the best places on your first visit. 

What to see and do on Isla Colon

Isla Colon is full of fantastic tourist destinations. On this amazing island, you can explore stunning beaches, enjoy its natural wonders, and experiment with the local cuisine. Whatever your heart desires, you will find it on Isla Colon. If you’re not sure where to start, here are some ideas of what you could see and do:

  • Boca del Drago
  • Playa Bluff
  • Reserva natural
  • Istmito Beach
  • Bocas Town

Playa Bluff

Playa Bluff is a gorgeous, eight kilometers long beach that looks like a place you could see on a postcard. This beach paradise is known for its golden sand and coconut trees. The beach is not overcrowded and there are only a couple of bars and restaurants. If you want to try out your surfing skills or get away from the noisy tourist crowds, Playa Bluff may be an ideal place for you. 

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Where to stay on Isla Colon

Prices vary from village to village and you can choose between high-end and more affordable places. Check out our top picks:

Budget option: this lovely house near Boca del Drago

Midrange option: this fantastic house near Bluff Beach

Luxurious option: this wonderful villa on Boca del Drago beach.

You don’t like these places? Check out other options here.  

Where to stay in Bocas del Toro for bohemian souls: Isla Carenero

Isla Carenero is a small island near Isla Colon with outstanding historical significance. It is where Christopher Colombus and his crew spent a couple of months during their 1502 trip to the New World. The island is gorgeous: nature is pristine, the beaches, picturesque, and waves ideal for both the beginner and expert surfers. As the island is a bit off the beaten path, you will enjoy a peaceful and relaxing stay. What makes things even better is that it won’t take you more than two minutes in the water taxi to get to Bocas Town. 

What to do on Isla Carenero

Although the island is known for its laid back lifestyle, there are plenty of interesting things to do. Its greatest strong points are surfing, snorkeling, and kayaking. There are also several amazing restaurants specializing in seafood. In case you’re wondering where to go first, check out these places and activities:

  • Bibi’s On the Beach
  • Leaf Eaters Cafe
  • Bocas Stand Up Paddle Club
  • Escuela del Mar Surf School

Bocas Stand Up Paddle Club

Bocas Stand Up Paddle Club is Isla Carenero’s main attraction and is absolutely amazing! During these water tours, you will get to explore hidden beaches, coral reefs, and all the beauty of the Panamanian Carribean. This adventure is both exciting and eco-friendly, so it’s something no nature lover should miss. 

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Where to stay on Isla Carenero

Isla Carenero is full of wonderful accommodation options and one night costs around $100 on average. Check out our top picks:

Budget option: a suite in this colorful hotel.

Midrange option: a comfy room in a beach house.  

Luxurious option: this amazing house on the beach

You can browse for more options here

Where to stay in Bocas del Toro on a budget: Big Creek

Big Creek is a southern area on Isla Colon, connected to Bocas Town by Istmito Beach. This area is perfect for staying as it is peaceful but close to the town. Big Creek has several large resorts but most of the accommodation options are affordable family-owned hostels and AirBnBs. 

What to do in Big Creek

Although Bocas Town is where you will find the most interesting activities, Big Creek has some interesting locations to offer. Check out our favorite spots:

  • Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s Bocas del Toro Research Station
  • Istmito Beach

Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden

If you love animals or flowers, Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden should be one of your first stops. The garden is home to adorable sloths and playful howler monkeys. You will also see wonderful flowers of all shapes and sizes. 

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Where to stay in Big Creek

In Big Creek, you will easily find accommodation that suits your needs and budget. Check out our favorite places: 

Budget option: this private room in a guesthouse.

Midrange option: this eco-friendly bungalow.

Luxurious option: this fantastic villa.

You can browse for more AirBnBs here

Where to stay in Quito

Expat Talk: Where to stay in Quito?

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San Francisco de Quito, commonly known just as Quito is the capital city of Ecuador.

This mountainside city sits at an astonishing 2850 meters (1.771 miles) above sea level, making it the highest-standing constitutional capital city in the world.

In 1978, Quito became the first city to be named a World Cultural Heritage Site by Unesco.

The city sits next to the still-active volcano Pichincha, making for some great hikes on this unique landscape.

There are lots of areas that have a mix of modern and antique neighborhoods, so to narrow it down we used the following metrics:

  • Close to the city center
  • Plenty of things to do
  • Reasonably priced
  • Safety

If you’re planning a trip to this historic city, here are some of the neighborhoods/areas we recommend you check out, as well as reasons to do so:

Quito Old Town Best for first-timers
Mariscal Sucre Best nightlife in Quito
La Floresta Bohemian/artistic

Transportation – Getting around Quito

Although Quito has a metro line under construction, it’s projected to be opened by March 2020. For now, there are 4 main ways to get around the city:

  1. Bus – The city’s unique, narrow shape makes for easy to follow public transportation lines. The typical bus runs horizontally from one point of the city to another (top to bottom). The typical public transportation bus in Quito is gray, blue or green. It’s marked with a number, making it easy to search up its line and learn about the stops. On the front of the bus, you’ll find the information on (at least) the first and final bus stop displayed. They are fairly cheap and you can buy tickets once you board them.
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  1. Trolleybus – These electric buses run on power supplied by two overhead cables. The advantage of trolleybuses is, they have their unique lane assigned, so getting stuck in traffic shouldn’t happen, making them quite efficient and fast. Their stops are recognizable by boarding platforms that align with the doors of the bus. They are also fairly cheap and you can just hop on them and a conductor will approach you, from whom you can buy a ticket.
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  1. Taxis – They can easily be found on the streets and are also reasonably cheap for the extra convenience they provide. They are also a safer option (more on that later on). Taxis that operate legally will have taximeters that count the price, so if you don’t see one, leave. Official taxis are yellow and have a sticker with driver and company information on the front windshield or the side doors.
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  1. Uber – Although Uber does exist in Quito, there is a catch – technically it’s illegal to use. There’s no denying that the country is corrupt, and that creeps into public transportation as well. So it’s no surprise that the service with full transparency is a problem for rivaling corrupt businesses. You can use the service and even if you’re caught, you won’t face any charges, but the driver will. Luckily, it’s not hard to mask, simply sitting on the front seat already makes it look like a normal passenger car.

The best area for first-timers in Quito—Quito Old Town

Quito Old Town, also known as Centro Histórico, is the perfect place to start for a simple reason – it’s in the middle of everything.

Pros Cons
  • Located in the heart of the city
  • Easy access to other areas, most attractions in the city are within walking distance
  • Many cultural landmarks
  • Affordable
  • Not many nightlife options in the area
  • Modern tourist attractions are more easily found in other areas

What to see and do in Old Town Quito?

Visit the churches of Quito

The Basilica of the National Vow is a Roman-Catholic church in the heart of the city and one of the largest neo-gothic landmarks on the American continents. Although the plan to build the monument was set in motion back in 1883, and even though today it stands at 140 meters (460 feet) tall, technically it’s unfinished. There’s also a local legend surrounding the church, saying that if it’s ever completed, that will mark the end of the world.

The two other notable churches are the 17th century La Compania de Jesus, covered completely in gold, and the 16th century San Francisco church, home to many works from the Quito school of art.

Explore Old Town

As mentioned, the town is a registered world heritage site. The reason for this is the largely unchanged architecture of buildings and squares since the town’s inception in Colonial days. Finish your exploration at the Plaza Grande (Independence Square) and visit the Carondelet Palace, the government seat of Ecuador.

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Climb El Panecillo
El Panecillo is a hillside on the edge of Old Town Quito. On top of the hill is a giant statue known as the Virgin of the Quito (Woman of the Apocalypse). On a clear day, she can even be seen from downtown, watching over the city.

Where to stay in Quito Old Town? Our top

 

Affordable price range: Casa Carpedm – a great option for the price

 

 

 

 

 

Moderate price range: Arte Y Romance Loft – modern and spacious loft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury price range: Old Town Quito Apartments & Boutique Hotel – dead center location, luxurious furniture, and commodities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Quito for the nightlife—Mariscal Sucre

This modern district of Quito will attract people looking for the most amount of fun in one location.

Pros Cons
  • Centrally Located
  • Lots of things to do
  • Very lively all day long
  • Can get overcrowded
  • Not as rich culturally

What to see and do in Mariscal Sucre?

Explore Artisan Market

Visit Artesanal de Mariscal for some bargain shopping. Visit the many gift shops offering a wide variety of items such as traditional clothing, souvenirs and more, all of which can be bargained for. Top it off by eating cheap, authentic Ecuadorian food.

Visit Plaza Forch at evening/night

The party in Quito is at Plaza Forch. The area is known for having a wide variety of street performers, street vendors, and the occasional musical or dance live performance. On top of that, it’s filled with many cafes, restaurants, bars, and clubs to spend your evening in. We highly recommend checking in for Salsa nights, even if you don’t know how to dance salsa. At worst you’ll enjoy the atypical (South American) party music which is quite lively and upbeat, and you’ll likely learn a few salsa steps from both locals and enthusiasts.

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Where to stay in La Mariscal? Our top choices

Affordable price range: this cute and cozy hostel

 

 

 

 

 

Moderate price range: Suite 73 at Swissötel Quito – modern apartment, highly-rated hoast

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury price range: luxurious and spacious hotel

Where to stay in Quito for bohemian/artistic souls — La Floresta

Nicknamed “The Forest” for its wide variety of trees and flowers filling the streets, this neo-classical area is known for being home to artistic souls and enthusiasts alike.

Pros Cons
  • Rich culturally
  • Very colorful
  • Artful scenery
  • Easy to exhaust things to do in the area

What to see and do in La Floresta?

Ocho y Medio Theater

Named after Federico Fellini’s iconic movie 8 And a Half (8½), this movie theater features atypical movie programs, playing foreign films, independent creations, and those considered movie classics. Along with the theater is a colorful, artistic cafe, where you can grab a drink in-between watching movies and admire the art displays.

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El Pobre Diablo Jazz Club

The most popular jazz club in Quito hosts both local and international musicians alike. It’s the best nightlife experience in La Floresta and the party goes well into the night. It also houses a restaurant, so you can come by the day to enjoy some food or do it before the show starts.

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Where to stay in La Floresta? Our top choices

Affordable price range: simple and well-equipped hostel

 

 

 

 

 

Moderate price range: 612 Boutique Suite – amazingly colorful and artistic

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury price range: High-end hotel

Is Quito a safe city for tourists?

Quito is a safe town for travelers, but it’s not perfect. Make sure to keep your valuables safe when you use public transportation, otherwise you might fall prey to a pickpocket. Similarly, you shouldn’t find yourself walking down unpopulated, dark streets at night. Although the city is doing its best to battle crime in an effort to boost the tourism economy, there’s no denying that these types of crimes still exist.

Where to stay in Santiago

Where to stay in Santiago, Chile — Best areas for food, fun, and more

Serving as the capital, as well as the cultural, political, and economic center of Chile, Santiago is the largest and most densely populated city in all of the country. Chile is one of the most stable countries in South America, and it is a country that keeps demonstrating development and economic growth. Placed between the mountains and the ocean, Chile, and Santiago, have more than enough natural sites to show to the ever-increasing number of tourists.

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5 best neighborhoods to stay in Santiago

Santiago is an interesting blend of traditional and contemporary, thanks to which it can offer a wide variety of people a lot of different and exciting things to do and see. On the one hand, it is surrounded by a mountainous terrain which is great for outdoor-loving and adventure-seeking people. On the other hand, it has a large number of restaurants, cafes, shops, markets, museums, and so on, for those more relaxed, and chill tourists.

Here are our picks for the 5 best neighborhoods:

  1. Centro
  2. Bellavista
  3. Providencia
  4. Barrio Buenavista
  5. Barrio Brasil
Centro An excellent starting point for first-time visitors.
Bellavista Although it is a small area, it is considered to be the cultural heart of Santiago.
Providencia A great neighborhood for people who want to stay in Santiago for an extended period of time.
Barrio Buenavista A great neighborhood for those who want to party and have fun.
Barrio Brasil For travelers on a budget.

Getting around Santiago

Santiago has a great public transportation system which enables you to get around town pretty easily. Head to any subway station and get a bip! card that you can recharge and use for more than one person; you just have to scan it twice when entering the subway or bus.

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Where to stay in Santiago for the first time — Centro

Out of all the areas in Santiago, Centro is the most tourist-oriented. If you are thinking of visiting Chile and Santiago but you are unsure of where to start — then this neighborhood might be the best option for you. There are a number of shops, markets, tourist attractions, and historic landmarks — something for everybody’s taste.

Things to see and do in Centro

Here are some of our suggestions:

  • Eat at the Central Market
  • Visit the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts
  • Stroll through the Parque Forestal

Central Market

Located in the heart of Santiago, this market offers some of the best dishes from the famous Chilean cuisine. This market sells predominantly seafood, however, you can also find fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as other knick-knacks. 

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Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts

This grand building houses some of the finest works of art from Chilean culture and history, as well as some pieces of art from Italy, Spain, and Africa.

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Parque Forestal

Located just across from the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts, this is one of the most popular spots among tourists for unwinding and relaxing. Here you can see families spending time together, having a picnic, kids playing, young people hanging out; occasionally there will also be a street musician playing some music. All in all, a relaxing way to spend a day. 

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Where to stay in Centro

Santiago has a plethora of options when it comes to accommodation. You can find apartments that are in the heart of the city or slightly away from the center, depending on your preferences. The average price per night is around $55. 

Here are some of our picks:

Affordable: this apartment is close to the metro, shops, and tourist attractions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mid-range: a sunny and spacious apartment close to everything you need.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury: a modern apartment with an excellent view in the heart of Santiago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Santiago — bohemian edition — Bellavista

Bellavista is more of a bohemian and artistic area than other, more tourist-oriented neighborhoods in Santiago. You can recognize it thanks to its colorful and dynamic murals, bright and vibrant houses and buildings. This is the area where you will find a lot of young and artistic people.

Things to see and do in Bellavista

Here are some suggestions for places to visit in Bellavista:

  • Bellavista street art
  • Visit the house of national poet Pablo Neruda
  • Shop at Pio Nono

Bellavista street art

A perfect spot for art and street art lovers. Gaze at the interesting and captivating murals painted by professional artists and up-and-coming artists.

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House of Pablo Neruda

Visit the house of national poet and icon Pablo Neruda. No prior reservations are required, visitations work on the principle of first-come, first-served.

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Pio Nono

Pio Nono is lined with cafes, shops, and restaurants. There is also a market that sells lots of handcrafted items, so make sure to check it out.

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Where to stay in Bellavista

If you decide to stay in Bellavista you don’t have to worry about finding a place, since there is a decent selection to choose from. Also, Bellavista is quite affordable when it comes to accommodation. The average price per night is $39.

Here are some of our suggestions:

Affordable: Pariwana Hostel Santiago

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mid-range: a cozy apartment furnished with everything you need.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury: a lavish big apartment – Hotel Boutique Castillo Rojo

Vintage-chic quarters in a circa-1923 house-turned-stylish hotel with dining & a wine bar.

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Santiago long term — Providencia

As the financial center of Santiago, Providencia is incredibly significant when it comes to commerce. This is also largely a residential area so there aren’t that many tourist attractions. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things to do or places to visit. If you decide to move here you will get the opportunity to experience Santiago in a more authentic and local way.

Things to see and do in Providencia

Although Providencia isn’t full of tourist attractions there are still plenty of things to do. Here are some of our suggestions:

  • Shop at Mall Costanera Center
  • Drink at Bar Liguria
  • Visit the Festival de Jazz de Providencia

Mall Costanera Center

Shop at this 6-floor shopping mall that also offers a great panoramic view of the city.

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Bar Liguria

Head out for some drinks and dinner at this charming bar.

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Festival de Jazz de Providencia

This festival is typically organized during the summer. Visit this festival and have fun with locals and international visitors.

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Where to stay in Providencia

Despite being the financial center and residential area for many middle-class families, Providencia can still offer some affordable accommodation options.

Here are some of our suggestions:

Affordable: Ají Hostel – Simple dorms & private rooms in a bright, informal hostel offering complimentary breakfast & Wi-Fi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mid-range: this apartment is in a great location for walking around and exploring the city.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury: Hotel Boutique Le Reve Hotel

Sophisticated rooms in an upmarket hotel offering a bar & a courtyard garden, plus free breakfast.

 

Where to stay in Buenos Aires

Where to stay in Buenos Aires, the cosmopolitan capital of Argentina

The multicultural hotspot of South America is Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires. This huge city has been shaped by many countries and cultures, such as Italy, Spain, Georgia, Lebanon, Germany, and so on. Paying a visit to this wonderful city won’t leave you with a moment of time to feel bored, especially when it comes to architecture, food, and art. Considering the size of this city, we hope to make things easier for you as you look where to stay in Buenos Aires with our top neighborhood picks.

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Transportation in Buenos Aires

There are many transport options to get around in Buenos Aires. Public buses cover great distances and can be very cheap when you get a Sube card. The city also has a metro with 7 lines. You can use the old-fashioned tram in the Caballito district, too. It’s rather easy to get a taxi all over the city, but the most secure option is to book it over the phone.

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Five best areas to stay in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires is a coastal city and the capital of Argentina. The 19th-century Spanish-European architecture and multicultural background make Buenos Aires one of the most popular tourist destinations. It’s very large, with 40+ distinct neighborhoods. To help you decide where to stay in Buenos Aires and mingle with its 13 million residents, we have rounded up the top five neighborhoods using the following factors:

  1. The vibe and atmosphere of the neighborhood
  2. Historical and cultural importance
  3. Fun and interesting things to see and do
  4. Neighborhood safety
  5. Ease of transport
  6. Cost of accommodation
Best neighborhoods to stay in Buenos Aires
Recoleta For the first-time visit
San Telmo For a budget-friendly stay
Palermo For nightlife fun
Villa Crespo For the cool and boho vibe
Belgrano For families/long-term stay

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Where to stay in Buenos Aires for the first time – Recoleta

Recoleta is a Paris-like neighborhood with distinctive Beaux-Arts architecture. It’s a great area for walks and relaxation. Recoleta is the hotspot for first-time visitors due to the proximity of the city’s main attractions and the overall beauty of the area. The neighborhood is one of the most expensive in Buenos Aires and features beautiful palaces such as Palacio Duhau and The Pizzurno Palace, now the Ministry for Education.

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Where to go in Recoleta

  • Art shows and exhibitions with breathtaking art pieces
  • The calming green space of Parque Thays

Best for art enthusiasts: Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

At Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes you can admire some of the most famous artworks produced by geniuses such as Titian, Goya, and Rembrandt, to name a few. You can also pay a visit to the Centro Cultural Recoleta to check out modern art exhibits.

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Best for outdoor lovers: Parque Thays

Lovely greenery at Parque Thays will help you relax and unwind after a long day of sightseeing. Enjoy a stroll through the park, view sculptures, and maybe even play with dogs as many owners take their canine friends to this park.

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Where to stay in Recoleta

There are many nice hostels in Recoleta, with an average price per night of about $35. Check out our favorite picks:

This budget option in a great location

 

 

 

 

 

This cozy mid-range apartment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This luxurious loft

Where to stay in Buenos Aires on a budget – San Telmo

The oldest neighborhood in Buenos Aires with colonial-style buildings is San Telmo, which is ideal for a budget-friendly stay. This is a strongly multicultural area of the city with its own unique boho feel. Tango parlors, antique shops, and hip cafes will give you plenty to do during your visit to Buenos Aires. You should also take the time to enjoy yourself at San Telmo’s lovely beaches, Fornillo or Spiaggia Grande.

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Where to go in San Telmo

  • Check out the many churches and important cultural buildings
  • Treat your palate with delicious meals at popular cafes

Best for fans of history and culture: churches and important buildings

Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Trinity is one of the most interesting and rather colorful churches located in San Telmo. Pay a visit to the Nuestra Señora de Belén Church at the neighborhood center, too. Check out the Casa Mínima, built by freed slaves in 1812.

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Best for foodies: Dorrego Café

You can never go wrong with any restaurant or café in Buenos Aires as this is truly a great place for foodies. In San Telmo, Dorrego Café is considered to be a decades-long institution of the neighborhood. Defensa Street also has many charming and hip cafes for you to try out.

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Where to stay in San Telmo

San Telmo has a nice range of offers for a reasonable price, with an average cost per night of $30. These are our favorites:

This budget-friendly hostel

 

 

 

 

 

 

This urban mid-range apartment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This modern lux option

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Buenos Aires for nightlife – Palermo

Buenos Aires is famous for its wild parties and amazing nightlife. Those of you specifically looking to experience this side of the city should stay in the Palermo neighborhood. The stylish vibe of the place attracts people from all over the world. The area is also home to beautiful boulevards, museums, parks, galleries, and restaurants.

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Where to go in Palermo

  • Soak up the picturesque scenery of Palermo’s green spaces
  • Admire art at popular gallery museums

Best for outdoor lovers: parks and gardens

Palermo has many partying spots but it’s not short of amazing natural beauty either. Take a stroll and relax at Buenos Aires Japanese Gardens and Botanical Garden, check out Parque Tres de Febrero with Galileo Galilei Planetarium, explore wildlife and nature at Buenos Aires Eco-park, and more.

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Best for artistic souls: galleries and museums

Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA) is a great place to start if you want to immerse yourself in amazing art pieces. For an extra dose of modern art, head over to Museo de Arte Popular José Hernández.

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Where to stay in Palermo

At an average price of $35 per night, check out our top picks in Palermo:

This budget loft in a great location

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This urban mid-range apartment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This lux hotel with a great view

Where to stay in Buenos Aires for bohemian vibe – Villa Crespo

When you’re looking where to stay in Buenos Aires, you’ll be glad to know that there are many cool neighborhoods. The coolest area in Buenos Aires is definitely Villa Crespo, with a strong boho vibe and plenty of soul. Street art, synagogues, leather goods, and hip cafes are just some of the authentic staples that will make your stay in Villa Crespo fun and memorable.

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Where to go in Villa Crespo

  • Explore the unique cafes and restaurants
  • Admire the street art

Best for foodies: great cafes and restaurants

Villa Crespo will definitely satisfy your food cravings and bohemian needs with tasty Jewish goods at La Crespo or Middle Easters delicacies at Sarkis. Don’t miss the chance to visit the fascinating Club Silencio, which is inspired by David Lynch and has great cocktails. At Cafe San Bernardo you can play pool, drink, and dance to your heart’s content.

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Best for art lovers: Villa Crespo’s street art

If you’re a fan of murals and street art, Villa Crespo won’t leave you disappointed. Head over to Castillo and Serrano intersection if you wish to witness some of the world’s most amazing murals.

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Where to stay in Villa Crespo

It’s possible to find some great offers in Villa Crespo for as low as $12, but the average price per night is around $30. These are our favorite options:

This budget-friendly hostel

 

 

 

 

This cozy mid-range apartment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This exclusive lux hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Buenos Aires long-term – Belgrano

Sidewalks and Anglo-Saxon-style houses with many dog walkers and gorgeous gardens make Belgrano an ideal place to stay in Buenos Aires when you’re planning a longer stay or travel with your family. The area is centered around Avenida Cabildo, which is a hotspot for fashion stores. This is also where the Chinatown of Buenos Aires is located.

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Where to go in Belgrano

  • Check out galleries and museums
  • Enjoy the lush greenery

Best for fans of history and art: museums and galleries

Larreta Museum is the place to be if you want to admire modern art. This museum is the former home of writer Enrique Larreta and has a gorgeous Andalusian-style garden. Historical Museum Sarmiento, which used to be Belgrano’s town hall, will let you learn more about the city’s history.

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Best for outdoor lovers: Barrancas de Belgrano

Barrancas de Belgrano is a park designed by French-Argentine architect Carlos Thays. This urban park has amazingly lush greenery and lovely footpaths to make your relaxation moments in nature more special and enjoyable.

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Where to stay in Belgrano

Belgrano is quite affordable, with the average price per night of around $30. Check out our top favorites:

This modern cozy budget option

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This cool mid-range apartment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This high-end hotel

Where to stay in Medellin

Where to stay in Medellin, the City of Eternal Springs

Once known as the world’s most dangerous city, Medellin in Colombia has become one of the most innovative tourist hotspots in South America. With 5 million+ international visitors every year, this city is only getting more popular. Medellin’s nickname The City of Eternal Springs speaks volumes about the city’s breathtaking beauty and scenery. The vibrant culture and friendly locals improve the overall experience even more.

Medellin offers something for everyone: backpackers hungry for adventure will find as much fun in this Colombian city as families who want to relax or travelers looking to explore the nightlife. Walking tours, learning more about the city’s history and culture, hiking in the nearby mountains, and salsa dancing after sunset are just some of the amazing things you’ll get to do during your visit to Medellin.

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Transportation in Medellin

Even though Medellin is a mountain city, the public transportation system is well developed and rather modern. Visitors can use the Metro, MetroCable, MetroPlus, and public bus system. UniViajes are metro tickets that will serve you for a one-way trip. Learn more about the metro here

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Five best neighborhoods to stay in Medellin

Medellin is Colombia’s second-largest city. It’s split into six zones: main urban area and five more townships. Even though the city is gaining popularity as a tourist destination and has a growing population, you should still exercise caution when picking the areas you wish to visit and stay in. It would be best to stick with the main urban zone, which is still fairly large and offers plenty of options for sightseeing, exploration, and fun. Medellin’s urban zone consists of 16 communes, which include 249 neighborhoods. In order to come up with our top 5 neighborhood list, we used the following factors:

  1. The atmosphere and vibe of the area
  2. Interesting things to do and see
  3. The cultural and historical importance
  4. Neighborhood safety
  5. Ease of transport
  6. Accommodation cost
Quick Medellin Neighborhoods Roundup
Laureles For first-time visitors
La Candelaria For traveling on a budget
El Poblado For best nightlife
Belén For bohemian fun
Envigado For families/long term stay

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Where to stay in Medellin, Colombia for the first time: Laureles

It may not be the most popular and famous Medellin neighborhood, but Laureles definitely stands out as a great choice for first-time visitors to this city. The mix of modern comfort and traditional Colombian lifestyle is exactly what most tourists want when looking where to stay in Medellin. Not to mention that this is one of the safest neighborhoods in the city.

During your stay in Laureles, you can choose to live like a local with supermarkets and small locally-owned restaurants at your immediate reach, but you can also enjoy a variety of chain shops and eateries.

You’ll need approximately 15 minutes to get to the metro station on foot. If that’s too much for you, you can always use the bus.

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Where to go in Laureles

Laureles may be a quiet and pedestrian-friendly neighborhood, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of activities to enjoy and things to see.

  • Check out bars, restaurants, cafes, and shops
  • Enjoy the beauty of the park and engage in some sports fun

Best for party people, foodies, and coffee lovers: streets 70 and 33

Quaint cafes and rich coffee culture will keep you busy if this is your jam. Don’t hesitate to visit the streets 70 and 33 for exciting nightlife with salsa bars, live music, and more. Unicentro and Mall Laureles are the hotspots of the area for shopping fun.

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Best for nature and sports enthusiasts: Atanasio Girardot stadium 

Go to Atanasio Girardot stadium to watch a football match or go for a swim, play basketball, or visit a skate park. Afterward, you can relax at the Primer Parque Laureles park. 

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Where to stay in Laureles

You can find accommodations in Laureles for as low as $19, with the average price per night around $37. These are our favorite picks:

This modern budget option

 

 

 

 

 

This amazing mid-range penthouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This beautiful lux house – Inntu Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Medellin on a budget: La Candelaria

The lively and touristy downtown area by day but a riskier place at night, La Candelaria is a Medellin favorite when it comes to a budget stay. If you don’t mind the edgier nature of this neighborhood once the night falls, you’re bound to save a lot of money on your travels. Also known as El Centro, La Candelaria has plenty of bars and restaurants, as well as diverse exploration possibilities. Just remember to take a taxi once it gets dark.

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Where to go in La Candelaria

Don’t let the conflicting day/night atmosphere of this neighborhood deter you from exploring its many beauties.

  • Marvel at the art, museums, and religious buildings
  • Relax in the city squares and get some shopping done

Best for art and history lovers: The Cultural Palace of Rafael Uribe

Art lovers will enjoy The Cultural Palace of Rafael Uribe, the Museo de Antioquia, and Pedro Nel Gomez murals. Check out Medellin’s gorgeous religious buildings such as La Candelaria Church, San Antonio Church, the Metropolitan Church, the Church of San Ignacio, and Veracruz Church.

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Best for relaxation and shopping: The Playa

Relax at Plazuela San Ignacio and Plaza San Antonio squares and take a stroll along The Playa. Enjoy some shopping fun at Avenida Junin, El Hueco, and Carabobo, and then gaze at Parque de las Luces’ stunning illuminations.

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Where to stay in La Candelaria

It’s possible to find a place in Candelaria for as low as $12, with the average price per night at just about $22. See our top choices:

 

This modern budget hostel

 

 

 

 

 

This amazing mid-range boho apartment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This gorgeous lux apartment

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Medellin for nightlife: El Poblado

El Poblado is Medellin’s hotspot for fun and partying. This is also the wealthiest neighborhood in the city. If you’re looking where to stay in Medellin for rich nightlife action, this is definitely the place. El Poblado has a bunch of international bars, clubs, restaurants, and shops, enough to satisfy the most different tastes.

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Where to go in El Poblado

There’s more to this neighborhood than meets the eye. The exciting nightlife of Zona Rosa is definitely a big part of the top activities, but you won’t be bored during the day either.

  • Enjoy some shopping fun and picturesque beauty of the area
  • Explore the art and gorgeous churches in the neighborhood

Best for shoppers and outdoor lovers: Golden Mile

Take a stroll along the tree-lined Golden Mile and then enjoy some shopping fun at Santafe Shopping Mall, El Tesoro Commercial Park, Oviedo Shopping Mall, and Viscaya Shopping Mall. You can also relax at Linear Park President, The Dancer’s Park, and Lleras Park, visit Laguna de Guatape to climb the rock for some incredible views or explore the gardens and period rooms at El Castillo Museo y Jardines.

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Best for art and history lovers: Jose Amar Gallery

Art enthusiasts should check out Jose Amar Gallery, Lokkus Contemporary Art, and Pictopia Graffiti street art. Visit Parroquia Santa Maria de Los Dolores church and the founding place of Medellin at Saint Joseph of El Poblado Church for some historical insight into the place.

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Where to stay in El Poblado

In El Poblado, gorgeous apartments go for around $40 per night on average. These are our top picks:

This lovely budget studio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This mid-range loft with a stunning view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This amazing lux apartment close to nature

Elegant hotel with modern rooms & suites, plus a casino, a spa & an outdoor pool.

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Medellin, Colombia for bohemian fun: Belén

Belén holds the title of the coolest neighborhood in Medellin. This is the spot to stay if you prefer former working-class neighborhoods with industrial roots. Belén also makes it very easy to mingle with the locals. The atmosphere of this neighborhood is soulful and artsy, perfect for more alternative and boho tourists. Transportation in the area is great so that you can easily reach all the major hotspots. This is Medellin’s oldest and largest neighborhood that doesn’t lack nightlife fun either.

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Where to go in Belén

As the coolest Medellin neighborhood with plenty of soul, Belén has a lot to offer to its visitors.

  • Explore the museums, churches, and nature
  • Enjoy the shopping, food, and party time

Best for nature and history lovers: Pueblito Paisa

Go to the Pueblito Paisa hill and check out the museum, church, and small restaurants. Then you can climb Medellin’s guardian hill Cerro Nutibara for some amazing views and unique sculpture park.

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Best for relaxation and partying: Calle 33

Engage in a wide range of leisure and fitness activities at Unidad Deportiva de Belén. Check out charming pastelerias for a quick bite or shop, dine, and watch movies at the Los Molinos shopping center. Once it’s dark, visit Calle 33 for a fun and eclectic night out.

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Where to stay in Belén

At the average price of $30 per night, you can book some really modern and comfortable apartments in Belén. Check out our favorites:

This budget option with peace in mind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This lovely mid-range condominium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This gorgeous and luxurious loft – Hotel Park 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Medellin long-term: Envigado

Envigado used to be a separate city but now belongs to Medellin, which means that the area has all the comfort and amenities you would need for a long-term stay. This is a rather safe city area with a suburban lifestyle, which is also why Envigado has the perfect setting for tourists who travel with their families. The rural vibe offers plenty of outdoor activities while it’s still easy to get to the major Medellin sightseeing hotspots.

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Where to go in Envigado

Envigado caters to all ages. This peaceful area has something fun to offer to both kids and adults.

  • Explore amazing Envigado parks, natural beauties, and historical treasures
  • Have fun shopping, tasting food, and partying

Best for nature and history lovers: Parque Salado

Check out colonial Envigado Church and saint shrines. Then head to the beautiful Parque Salado to explore the nature, hike, and watch the birds. You can also go to La Romera for some hiking fun or make your kids happy by taking them to Parque Recreativo.

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Best for foodies, shoppers, and party people: La Bota del Dia

Enjoy some shopping fun at City Plaza shopping center. Visit La Tienda to eat, drink, and dance your night away and have fun at La Bota del Dia bars and clubs. 

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Where to stay in Envigado

Envigado is also quite affordable when it comes to getting accommodation, with an average price per night at about $25. These are our top favorites:

 

This modern budget option – Ivy Hostel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This beautiful mid-range apartment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This lovely lux apartment

 

Where to stay in Mexico

Where to stay in Mexico – A diverse and rich country

Mexico, or to be more precise Pre-Colombian Mexico, is considered to be one of the cradles of civilization. It was the home to the Aztecs, Mayans, and Olmec, among several others. During the beginning of the 16th century, Mexico was conquered and colonized by the Spanish Empire which left a huge mark on Mexican history and culture, which is still visible to this day. Following the war for independence, Mexico went through some struggles due to the political and economic situation in the country. 

Nowadays, Mexico is working towards rebranding itself as a modern and stable country. The tourism sector for Mexico has been flourishing for the past few years; many tourists view it as an exotic and exciting place to visit.

5 best neighborhoods to stay in Mexico

The focus of this text will mainly be on Mexico City and its neighborhoods. With that in mind, these are our picks for the best neighborhoods to stay in while in Mexico:

  1. Centro Histórico 
  2. San Ángel 
  3. Colonia Roma 
  4. Zona Rosa 
  5. Colonia Santa María la Ribera
Neighborhoods in Mexico City
Centro Histórico The historical center of Mexico City. Full of significant and stunning landmarks and sights, this neighborhood is ideal for first-time visitors.
San Ángel A charming neighborhood with a traditional feel to it. Our pick for long-term visitors.
Colonia Roma This neighborhood is home to a large number of art galleries, museums, libraries, cinema, and theater. Essentially, Colonia Roma is one of the neighborhoods to visit if you are interested in the art scene and culture.
Zona Rosa Meaning Pink Zone in English, this area is famous for entertainment, nightlife, shopping, and being the home to the gay community. It has faced some issues due to questionable and illegal activities, however, it is still one of the best-known areas for the gay community and nightlife in Mexico City.
Colonia Santa María la Ribera Once a neighborhood for the most affluent and richest people in Mexico, nowadays it has a mixture of different classes. It has a few landmarks, but the best thing about this neighborhood is that it is close to other areas. It’s great for travelers who are on a budget and want to find affordable accommodation.

Things to know before traveling to Mexico

Currency 

The official currency in Mexico is the Mexican pesos and in order to make your life easier, especially if you are traveling with cash, you should exchange your currency for the local one. You can exchange your currency at exchange offices at the airport, banks, and ATMs. If you are exchanging your money at the airport or a bank you might be asked to provide your passport. Also, some banks won’t exchange your money unless you have an account with them, so keep that in mind.

Transportation

The easiest and most affordable way to get around the city by far is the metro. The ticket price is around 5 pesos, which is about 25 cents. There is also the option of buying a smart card which grants you multiple rides, depending on how much money you put on it.

Safety

Sadly, women in Mexico are often the target of violence and harassment, and although the government has been trying to fight that, there is still an alarming number of assaults. A word of advice for all female travelers, especially those who travel on their own, is to keep your eyes open constantly and to watch out for any trouble.

Where to stay in Mexico for the first time – Centro Histórico

A World Heritage Site, Centro Histórico once served as the center for the Aztec Empire, and now as the center of Mexico City. One of the most tourist-friendly and tourist-oriented areas, this impressive city center is home to a large number of historical landmarks and sights.

Things to see and do in Centro Histórico

Here are some suggestions for places to visit:

  • Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Palacio de Bellas Artes
  • Dulcería Celaya

Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral

An imposing and instantly recognizable landmark in Mexico City, full of lavish and stunning decorations. This cathedral is worth visiting simply because of its impressiveness and beauty.

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Palacio de Bellas Artes

A cultural center that blends multiple styles seamlessly. This building hosts some of the most notable events in dance, music, and theater. There are also some really beautiful murals painted on the walls.

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Dulcería Celaya

While you are in the city center make sure to stop by this sweet shop and enjoy some of those delicious Mexican sweets.

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Where to stay in Mexico long term – San Ángel

A picturesque and charming neighborhood with cobblestone streets and gorgeous architecture all around. This neighborhood has a more mellow vibe and it seems more authentic than some other areas. It has some really pleasant and cozy restaurants and shops, as well as a flower market, and a museum dedicated to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.

Things to see and do in San Ángel

Here are some of our suggestions for things to do during your stay here:

  • Bazar Sabado
  • Flower Market
  • Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo

Bazar Sabado

A bazaar organized on Saturdays which features a lot of interesting goodies made by the locals.

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Flower Market

A flower market which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week – and it sells absolutely beautiful flowers.

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Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo

This was once a studio where Diego Rivera lived and worked with Frida Kahlo. The museum is dedicated to their work, as well as preserving the place where they lived. There are two buildings, one belonged to Diego, and the other to Frida. The buildings are connected by a bridge.

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Where to stay in Mexico – art and culture edition – Colonia Roma

The streets of this neighborhood are lined with galleries, museums, libraries, cinemas, and theater. An ideal spot for lovers of culture, art, and literature.

Things to see and do in Colonia Roma

Here are some suggestions for places to visit while in Colonia Roma:

  • Casa Lamm
  • Galería OMR
  • El Pendulo

Casa Lamm

This was once a house that was repurposed as a cultural center in the mid-1990s. This cultural center frequently hosts art exhibitions, and you can also find a restaurant and a bookstore on the ground level.

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Galería OMR

An art gallery that exhibits contemporary art.

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El Pendulo

El Pendulo is a combination of a café and a bookstore, a great place for just sitting and enjoying a cup of coffee or tea whilst reading a book.

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