Rose Goes South • Ometepe, Ome-Sweaty!

Ometepe is a difficult one for a traveller like me. I often find it hard to choose between roughing it and flashpacking, whilst all the time wanting to get the most authentic experience of a place that is physically possible. After spending 5 luxurious days by the Australian owned pool at Casa Del Olas in…

Rose Goes South • Passing Through Costa Rica

3 words to describe Costa Rica? Tropical, Rastafarian and expensive. The latter is why we chose to spend only 2 nights here, and the first and second are also why we chose to spend as many 2 nights here. Renowned for being Americanized and out of budget, so many travellers choose to avoid Costa Rica,…

Rose Goes South • Bocas Del Toros… Panama’s Playground 

Post-San Blas Adventures, our group were in need of a recoup. After spending a single night in Panama City which turned into Ladies Night at a Rooftop Bar, it was necessary catch a boat to Bocas Islands where we would retreat, shower properly, do some yoga and wine and dine. Turns out this was another…

Rose Goes South • Minca, Minca, Minca

I don’t know what to think about Minca. For a start Minca, Santa Marta isn’t really in Santa Marta: it’s a deceiving 2 hour drive uphill from the city in a jeep. Famous hostel, Casa Elemento, Minca isn’t really in Minca: it’s an hour drive up a death-road and sits at the top of a…

Rose Goes South • Tyrona: Hiking and Hammocking

Last week I published a post about how to do nothing in Santa Marta. Today I’m writing one about how to make your trip to Santa Marta worthwhile by doing anything and everything in the Tyrona National Park, only a stones throw from Santa Marta, by taxi or by bus. A popular traveller route, the…

Rose Goes South • Do Nothing in Santa Marta

If the 5 hour bus from Cartagena to Santa Marta has you feeling deflated then don’t worry, you won’t need to do much in Santa Marta. For this reason, this place comes with a key Tip: stay in a great hostel! We picked Drop Bear, purely because from my Australia trip previously, I loved the…

Rose Goes South • 48 Hours in Cartagena 

On a late night bus to Santa Marta, AC blowing and American chick flick dubbed in Spanish on the TV, it’s finally time to relax and to reflect on the most colourful few days of my trip so far. But this blog post poses a challenge: Cartagena Des Indias appeals to too many senses to…

Rose Goes South • A Little Slice of Paradise 

Playa Blanca is paradise. Except it’s a strange kind of paradise. Imagine a remote Caribbean retreat on an island miles from civilisation…Palm trees, white sand, clear skies, warm crystal waters, coconuts… Are you there yet? Well, Playa Blanca is basically the full whammy, but only 45 minutes away from buzzing city of Cartagena. Accessible by…

Rose Goes South • A Tiplr Trip

On April 11th, our editorial assistant Rose left home in the UK and headed South for an epic backpacking trip around South and Central America. Along the way she’s sharing her everyday experiences and tips. Follow her interesting adventures through Colombia, Panama and Nicaragua here: Rose Goes South

Rose Goes South • Food and Football     

Late nights and early mornings are becoming a thing but 6 hours in a hostel room without aircon is definitely enough… Plus brunch at our local hero, Al Alma is enough to get us through any day on zero sleep. Eggs Benedict and an Americano and we’re ready to roll – I won’t say anymore…

Rose Goes South • The Escobar Experience

It’s impossible to avoid drugs in Colombia and I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you all about them. How did I find out about them? I went on a Pablo Escobar tour, of course. Dreary eyed from the night before I boarded a bus for what other travellers had recommended as a great experience…

Rose Goes South • Meandering Around Medellin

The early bird always catches the worm, and it’s true! Didn’t expect to see 7am so often on this trip but it’s definitely been worth it! After a refreshing sleep at the Galeria Hostel and 2 hour bus journey we arrived back into Medellin ready to take the city by storm! Medellin instantly appeals in…