Category Archives: Hostels

Be Careful Who You Take to Your Hotel Room.

It is common to see men of all ages bring back women to their hotel / hostel / Airbnb. The women look pretty,  have great bodies, they are young, and some even speak English. Do you know anything about them?  I mean, do you really know anything about them?

You probably think, “I’ll just use a condom and I’ll be safe”.  Not so fast, my friend, there are other dangers…

Scopolamine, also called burundanga, date rape drug, and devil’s breath, is frequently used by prostitutes to drug their victims.  Just a little skin contact with this stuff or a little in a drink makes a person lose their will.  Victims willingly take all their money out of their bank accounts and hand everything over to their attacker and then have no memory of what happened.  A little too much scopolamine and this could mean death.

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Young beauties may just be too young.  Many fifteen, sixteen and seventeen year old girls are out there walking the beat.  Beware, getting caught with a minor means jail time, a hotel / hostel / Airbnb shut down and possibly the loss of property.  Colombian youths or any other minors, anywhere in the world, should NOT be exploited and Colombian authorities are not tolerant with this type of CRIME.  Yes, this IS a crime.  Do not allow yourself to be fooled by the high heels and the makeup.  Do not take their word for it. They may not be eighteen and if this is the case, you may be in hot water.  If you decide to take one of these girls back to your room, please be sure to check that they have an original colombian ID, a cédula, not a photocopy.  Prositution is legal in Colombia, but sleeping with an under age minor is SEXUAL EXPLOITATION.  DO NOT DO IT!

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Volunteering in Colombia is not that easy!

Backpackers frequently stop by or email Hostal Tamarindo in Medellin offering to work as a volunteer in exchange for accommodation.  This is easier said than done. Colombian laws only allow volunteering if the visa the person is travelling on is for the purpose of volunteering.

Upon arrival in Colombia, your passport gets stamped.  The stamp has the number that corresponds to your type of visa and the number of days you may stay in the country before having to renew your visa.  Most travellers travel on a PIP-5 visa, which is a tourist visa.  This visa does NOT allow you to work as a volunteer.

If you want to volunteer, you must request a change to a TP-6 visa.  Visit the following link for additional information on this type of visa.

You may also want to check out the law that prohibits volunteering as a tourist (It’s in Spanish, sorry!):  Ley 720 de 2001

Having said all of this, you may still find hostels that are willing to hire volunteers and risk paying steep fines and or have their businesses shut down.



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Posted by on September 11, 2017 in Colombia, Hostels, Volunteering


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Indian Cream Cheese Recipe for Hostel Kitchens

Necessary Ingredients:
1 L. (4cups) whole milk
1.5 Tbsp. white vinegar

1. Boil milk on high and then reduce heat.
2. Add vinegar very slowly while stirring for 6 minutes. Turn off heat and let stand for 30 minutes.
3. Pour everything through a cotton cloth over a strainer. Squeeze out excess fluid.
4. Tie a rubber band or a string around the cloth and hang curd ball to drip for two hours. Squeeze out excess fluid.
5. Unwrap, knead, add salt and any other spices you want. Refrigerate for two hours and enjoy.

Note:  When I add the salt, I usually add diced red peppers, jalapeños and scallions.

“Mmmm, you’ll find tasty recipes like these in the Backpacker Recipe Guide.” 

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Posted by on October 18, 2011 in Hostels, Recipes, Uncategorized


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