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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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¡Ser Voluntario en Colombia no es tan Fácil!

Con frecuencia llegan viajeros a Hostal Tamarindo en la ciudad de Medellin en busqueda de trabajar como voluntarios a cambio de hospedaje.  Esto no es tan fácil. En Colombia sólo se permite recibir voluntarios si la visa otorgada es para este proposito.

Al llegar a Colombia su pasaporte es sellado.  El sello contiene el número y las letras correspondientes a su tipo de visado y el número de días qué podrá permanecer en el territorio nacional, antes de tener que renovar la visa.  La mayoría de los viajeros viajan con la visa PIP-5, la cual es una visa de turista.  Esta visa NO te permite trabajar como voluntario.

Si deseas trabajar como voluntario, deberás solicitar cambio a la visa TP-6.  Entra al siguiente enlace para conocer detalles sobre este tipo de visa y cómo adquirirla.

Sugerimos qué además consultes la Ley 720 de 2001.

Sin embargo, hay muchos hospedajes que a pesar de correr el riesgo de recibir multas o de que sus hostales sean sellados, contratan voluntarios en sus establecimientos.


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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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Medellin Taxis

When taking a taxi in Medellin, it is a good a idea to keep the following in mind:

  1. Do not ride in a taxi if it doesn’t have a working meter.
  2. Only pay what the meter reads.
  3. The meter should start at $2.600COP.
  4. The minimum cab fare is $4.600COP, even if the meter reads less.
  5. For every 85 meters traveled the meter will increase $72COP.
  6. For every 60 second wait period the meter will increase $72COP.
  7. The hourly rate is $25.000COP.
  8. The standard rate to the José María International Airport in Rionegro is $60.000COP.  They don’t go by the meter.
  9. There is no evening surcharge in Medellin.
  10. There is no surcharge for taxis taken at airports or bus terminals.
  11. Tipping is not necessary.
  12. It is common for male passengers to ride in the front.
  13. Seat belts are required for those riding in front.
  14. Do not pay for tolls if headed out of the city.
  15. Taxi drivers are not allowed to have more than 4 passengers.
  16. Remember to write down the taxi number, in case you leave something behind.

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