“Do it for the gram”: Favorite Instagram photos from Colombia.

“Do it for the gram”. I love social media and Instagram is my 2nd favorite social platform! If you are not familiar with Instagram, it is an app that allows you to share photos and videos with your followers.

Tips on how to use Instagram:

  • Useย  up to 30 hashtags to gain followers and exposure to your page
  • Engage with followers
  • Keep up with the ever changing algorithm
  • Find the prime time when your audience is engaged
  • Most of all post photos and have fun

 

I fell in love with Colombia! I enjoyed the fresh food, salsa music, brightly lit buildings, history and the Colombian people,ย  Follow me @sweetiffys asย  I take you on my Instagram photo journey through Bogota, Medellin, and Colombia.

Bogota

Take a tram or walk up to see Monserrate, a mountain in Bogota’s city center.ย  After arriving at the top, visit the inside of the church, eat a meal, buy a souvenir or simply enjoy the view. Be advised that it is 3,152 above sea level.

Don’t forget to take a day trip to see the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira, an underground Roman Catholic church built in salt tunnels.

Medellin

When you think ofย  Medellin, Colombia,ย  Pablo Escobar immediately comes to mind. Take a Pablo Escobar Tour. Visit his grave-site, house and the place where he was captured by police.

In Medellin on the Pablo Escobar tour! We saw his and the Godmother Griselda gravesite! Has anybody seen Narcos on Netflix or Griselda documentary on lifetime?? Escobar was known as one of the biggest drug lords in Colombia ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด. You either did what he said or be killed. Eventually USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ government got involved when he attended to kill a Colombian official when he bombed an airplane โœˆ๏ธ but Iโ€™d had 2 US citizens aboard! Unfortunately the official did not get on the plane and innocents lives were lost! He eventually was captured and was killed! . . . Griselda was also ruthless and would often kill others! She sold drugs in both Colombia and USA. She was finally imprisoned and killed soon after she returned to ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด Colombia. . . #medellin #pabloescobar #narcos #cemetary #colombia #godmotherofcocaine #griseldablanco #medellincolombia #cocaine #druglord #travelblogger #blackgirlbloggers #traveltheworld #history #tbt #plussize #plussizetravel

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Communa 13 was once knows as a deadly city, it is now known for graffiti art.ย Take a free guided tour in Communa 13 to learn about the history and transformation of the city.

I was immediately drawn to this art work because it reminded me of myself.

Take a day trip to Guatape, Colombia to climb El Penol. You must climb 740 steps to the top.

Yay, I made it. It was worth the 740 steps to the top.

Take a free walking tour around the city. I enjoyed the statues in Plaza Botero by famous Colombian artist Fernando Botero.

Or check out the city on ATV’s.

Cartagena

Visit Cerro La Popa, when I saw the views, I knew that I had to capture this photo for Instagram.

Visit Playa Blanca for a relaxing day at the Beach.

Take a day trip to Palenque, a town where the first freed slaves of the Americas were located,

The town called San Basilio de Palenque is a town that was formed by freed slaves in Colombia! The people in the community continue to practice African traditions! They are proud to be African even though they are Colombian! Many people donโ€™t embrace the African lineage, but believes me it runs strong through our blood! I donโ€™t know ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ about you but Iโ€™m proud of the skin Iโ€™m in! #ilovebeingblack #cartagana #colombia #palenque #palenqueculiacan #africa #african #afrolatina #afrocolombiana #beproudoftheskinyourein #imblackandimproud #roots #blackandabroad #soulsociety #blackgirlswhoblog #naturalhair #afropuff #blackwomen #solotravel #blackwomenarebeautiful #blackgirlmagic #blackselflove #raisedfist #sanbasilio #panafrikan #diaspora #blacktravelfeed #blacktravel #freedslaves

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Dont forget to take a picture inside the walled city with women of Palenque.

I have never been a fan of whole fish, but this was so delicious I’m craving this food as I write this blog post.

Take Pictures at Cafe Havana, in Cartagena.

There are also free guided tours in Cartagena. I absolutely loved this picture of strong Afro Colombian women.

Due to time constraints, I missed lots of beautiful places in Colombia. Do you have any places on Instagram that I missed? Do you love Instagram as much as I do. Which Instagram photo was your favorite and why?

 

 

24 Comments

  1. These photos are amazing! I always have the intention to take great pictures but then start to feel self conscious and never do. Hoping to change that with my next trip.

    • Thank you so much Crystal! I’m sending you good vibes and want you to take fabulous pictures on your next vacation. Embrace your flaws and show off what your momma gave you ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I love how you captured Colombia with all of these beautiful shots! The blue cave is amazing and I also love the graffiti one too.

    • Thank you Stacie! The salt cathedral was my favorite place in Bogota and the street art is Amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Girl. I love this and I’ll be lying if I said I wasn’t simultaneously on SkyScanner trying to book my trip to Columbia. These pictures are amazing and I cannot wait to be there! Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us.

    • Do it Do it, book that ticket. I was on Skyscanner the other night looking up flights to Colombia! Let me know if you have more questions before you travel! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I do too! I’m thinking about heading back to explore ๐Ÿ™‚ I made it my mission to see street art since I never seem to see much of it when I travel. That just means you have to go back ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Your photos are awesome and I love this post. I am digginh the last mural of the 3 women with their fros. I see why you upset you didnt get a pic with it but at least you have a picture of it!

    • Thanks Leslie! I saw this mural before I went and knew that I need it to capture. I would have taken a pic in front of but literally had my driver stop while we were driving, so i hopped out for 5 seconds to snap the photo. LOL

  5. I would love to visit Columbia. Your pics are beautiful and the melanin magic there is real. I didn’t know that.

    • Kita, you should visit when you get a chance. I didn’t know either. That is why I love traveling because you discover new things ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hey Kim, You can hit up if you have any questions. I’m sure this would be a great 40th destination trip ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Central America keeps calling my name again. Although I am headed back to Playa this week, Columbia is definitely on the top of my travel list soon I keep seeing affordable flight so thanks for sharing your experience!

    • Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ I think we all do because they change the algorithm so much, it is hard to keep up. #smh

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