South America: Quick tips on Brasil & Colombia

Two of my good friends, Nick and JP are visiting Brasil and Colombia respectively, soon. Here are some quick tips / advice I shared with them… COLOMBIA ‘Pollo asado con papas fritas + jugo de naranja’ in Salento, Colombia  1. Don’t miss the Zona Cafetaria (Armenia, Salento) – my favorite region!  2. I loved Medellin city the most. There’s something about the city!  3. Food: Try ‘arepas con queso’. Don’t miss ‘Crepes y Waffles’ restaurant – AMAZING!  4. Cali is salsa capital of the world! Take a crash course in salsa or Spanish lessons  5. Santa Marta is strictly OK, but I loved Cartagena and of course, Parque Nacional Tayrona.  6. Cali is a bit commercialized, although I only spent 2 days here so can’t judge it so well.  7. Scuba diving is supposed to be great and cheap, up north in Taganga.  8. Shop for apparel. The styles, collections and prices are too good to resist.  9. In Medellin, take the metro which doubles up into a ropeway at no additional cost. BRASIL (The Street of) Avenida Paulista in Sao Paulo  1. Learn to speak Portuguese – the best advice ever!  2. Pick up a pre-paid phone card if … Continue reading South America: Quick tips on Brasil & Colombia