Who needs Strictly Come Dancing when you can experience the real thing in a bustling, steamy salsateca in Colombia
? From the moment you land in this vibrant country the warmth and hospitality of the people overtakes you. Nothing is too much trouble with a real zest for life and ultimately you have a real positive feeling of being in a safe, welcoming environment.
As night kicks in the bars and clubs of the major cities come alive. People mill the streets, music pounds from behind closed doors and you are drawn to move your body. As the music pulsates you can’t help but get in the mood. Grab a partner and give it a go! If you need a helping hand, grab an aguardiente (traditional Colombian liquor) or Michelada (beer with lime juice in a glass rimmed with salt). Alternatively just stick to a locally brewed cold beer, such as Aguila or Club Colombia. Maybe even take a chiva bus and party on the move before deciding on a place to dance the night away.
Kukaramakara - image by Kristian Goldring
Ask a local or venture to the following areas in the main cities – El Centro in Cartagena, Parque Lleras in Medellin and Parque del Perro in Cali.
Some of my favourite party places:
Mango’s in Medellin
Carerra 42 No. 67A-121, Itagui
A great cowboy theme night to watch beautiful people, this is the place to be seen in Medellin!
Mr Babilla’s in Cartagena
Av del Arsenal No 8B-137, Getsemani
A huge club with a great selection of collectibles, popular with both locals and tourists.
Kukaramakara in Cali
Calle 28 Nte. No. 2Bis – 97, Cali
A great place for to class salsa and live music.
The best way to start the next day is of course with a freshly brewed cup of strong Colombian coffee.
Amanda in Colombia
Category: Cultural, Travel Tales