Amigamoon 2014

by Nikki Desuasido


Everything about Colombia exceeded my expectations. I would have put this place on my bucket list a long time ago if I had known how amazing this experience would be. I traveled with four girlfriends on our “Amigamoon” (honeymoon with your girls). We spent two nights in Bogota, five nights in Providencia, and three nights in Cartagena. It was the perfect girls' getaway vacation.

Here's a quick video of our trip in Providencia Island!


Bogotá, we're coming for ya!

by Nikki Desuasido


Top: Jcrew (old) similar here and here, Scarf: Madewell (old) similar options here, Necklace: Jennifer Zeuner, Sandals: Birkenstocks, Camera bag: Urban Outfitters (old)

In September 2014, I visited Colombia for ten days with four girlfriends and called this trip our "Amigamoon". It started with two nights in Bogotá, where we stayed at this Airbnb. The first thing we did when we arrived was dine at Matiz. We were so exhausted from all the traveling, the only thing we wanted to do was get a killer dinner then go to sleep! This restaurant did not disappoint -- everything from the food to the service was outstanding! We ordered the tasting menu and it was really such a delightful meal. The chef was super nice and it was such a warm welcome for our first night in Colombia. 

After that, we were fully rested for the next day: We had brunch at Masa, checked out the stunning views from Mount Monserrate (Bogotá is huge!), visited the Museo del Oro, and strolled around the district of La Candelaria before we got ready for a night of bailando at El Campanario and Andres Carne de Res.

On our last morning, we had brunch at Club Colombia then hopped on our flight to Providencia Island!


Adventures in Providencia

by Nikki Desuasido


My friend Tiffany described this island so perfectly:

"Providencia is pure adventure, emphasis on “pure”. If you’re looking for a cushy, resort experience, stay on San Andres Island. But if you want something a little rugged, unique, and off-the-beaten path, then there’s no place like Providencia."

I'll never forget our time snorkeling, hiking, and horse-back riding together here. It was truly an unforgettable experience and an adventure of a lifetime!


Hiking with Mr. Hawkins

by Nikki Desuasido


Hiking and horseback riding with Mr. Hawkins was truly an unforgettable experience. We were so thankful to have such an amazing guide show us the ropes of what Providencia had to offer. We hiked to the highest point of the island, "The Peak", as he told us all about the island's history, vegetation, flora and fauna. Learning all these interesting facts made trekking through the jungle (in the hot weather!) go by real fast. Before we knew it, we finally reached the summit. From the top, you can see a beautiful 365 degree view; and we enjoyed our snacks and fruits that we picked up along the trail. I have never seen anyone cut up coconuts the way Mr. Hawkins did -- like a pro and with a machete. He really is the best!


Behold, a Pale Horse

by Nikki Desuasido


In case you are wondering what it looks like to ride horses down the mountains, through the valleys, to the beach (while the sun sets!!), into the water, under the full moon with the best girlfriends one can have -- this is it. Solid combination.


PARADISE IN PROVIDENCIA

by Nikki Desuasido


Victoria's Secret Swimsuit: similar top, bottom, and more cute ones here

Falling in love with Providencia, also known as an UNESCO biosphere, was one of the highlights of our entire trip. The island is tiny and colorful and creole, only has a population of 4,000, and it's surrounded by the third largest barrier reef in the world. We stayed at the El Monasterio del Viento, which is quite possibly the most magnificent property there -- the room rate also comes with a personal chef! It sits right in front of Crab Cay and you can swim, snorkel, or kayak in the "Sea of Seven Colors"! I am convinced this is hands down the best coastal paradise in Colombia.


Colorful Cartagena

by Nikki Desuasido


Skirt: Asos (old) similar here and here , Top: American Apparel, Sandals: Sam Edelman, Bag: Coach

Cartagena is such a vibrant city! There is so much to do, we wish we had more time in our trip to explore. Between all the plazas, cathedrals, cafes, and castles - you can easily fill up the days just wandering around this old historic town. We stayed in this epic apartment listed on Airbnb and started our first night catching the sunset over pina coladas and mojitos at Cafe Del Mar. After, we had dinner at Don Juan (that happened to be perfectly located next to our place), followed by more drinks and dancing at the sister restaurante Maria (also next door). This restaurant has the cutest decor. But all the colonial architecture in Cartagena - the massive doors that are accompanied by baby doors, elaborate knockers, overhanging balconies, patios - make this city so charming! If you are thinking of visiting, do not hesitate - go now! This was by far my favorite city in all of Colombia.


Cartagena is for Lovers

by Nikki Desuasido


Top: Forever 21 (old) similar here, Shorts: One Teaspoon, Sandals: Sam Edelman

Here's what we did on our last day in Cartagena: We had breakfast at Crepes & Waffles, walked around the Walled City, had lunch at Restaurante Maria, climbed Castillo San Felipe De Barajas,  had dinner at La Vitrola, went dancing at Cafe Havana and had a late night dip at this amazing castle/villa you can rent!

It was a perfect fun-filled day to end a very memorable vacation! Looking forward to our next Amigamoon trip this year!