Hi. Hola. Γειά σου. Merhaba. Welcome to my travel website! I’ve been running it since July 2013. I live in Colombia. Together with my fiancé, Marisol, I own a boutique travel company called Paisadventure.
With Nomadic Niko, my goal is to inspire you to explore a little more. I’m the type of traveler that’s eager to visit as many places as I can, but I don’t like to rush through them. I like to take my time and explore as much as possible, especially if I find something interesting that’s not in the guidebooks.
I’m not here to win any creative writing awards. I’m here to provide my opinions, tips, personally made maps, photos, links, and reviews for the places I’ve visited around the world. Some of the places I write about are popular destinations while others are way off the beaten path. I also throw in a few cultural stories and unique personal experiences.
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With a school group at the Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor, Egypt
Being on the Pacific coast of Colombia, Ladrilleros has plenty of fish and seafood dishes as expected, but there are some local specialties that should be tried before leaving. Continue reading
One of the popular tours to take in Ladrilleros is to the nearby mangroves and natural swimming pools, part of the Parque Nacional Natural Uramba Bahía Málaga. The tours run in the afternoons and are priced at COP$24,000 (as of October 2016), but can be found cheaper. Continue reading
Everyone heading between Buenaventura and Ladrilleros has to pass through Juanchaco. The long pier is where all of the boats to and from Buenaventura dock, and it’ll be the first thing you see as you arrive in the town. Continue reading
Between June and October, people head to Colombia’s Pacific coast to get a glimpse of the humpback whales. After a long migration, the whales raise their calves in the area. The best place to do this is in the protected waters of Parque Nacional Natural Uramba Bahía Málaga. Continue reading
Ladrilleros is a laid-back Pacific coast beach popular with Colombians but well off the beaten path for foreigners. It’s got a decent beach that sits underneath tall cliffs. The entire settlement is surrounded by Parque Nacional Natural Uramba Bahía Málaga. Continue reading
You won’t find any 5 star resorts or anything luxurious in Ladrilleros, to be honest, but there are a multitude of hotels to choose from. Most of them are very simple and do the trick for a few days. Some have cabañas while others are normal hotel rooms. Many offer meal plans with two or three meals a day. If you don’t have reservations, you can find a hotel easily after arriving in Juanchaco. Continue reading
The only way to get to Ladrilleros is with a one hour boat trip from Buenaventura to Juanchaco. Boats leave daily at 8am, 10am, 1pm, and 4pm from the Muelle Turístico. Additional boats are available on weekends and holidays when Caleños escape Cali and head to the coast. The cost is roughly COP$60,000 round trip per person. Return tickets are good for 15 days. Continue reading
Buenaventura is not a place you want to stick around in for too long. It’s a loud, dirty, ugly, dangerous port city on Colombia’s Pacific coast. Why would anyone want to go there? Buenaventura is the gateway to the beach town of Ladrilleros, which is only accessible by boat. Continue reading
After a night of heavy rain, the only road in and out of the village of Columbia collapsed in a landslide. Columbia is just outside of the town I live in – Belén de Umbría. This small agricultural community will be without road access for at least six months. Thankfully, nobody was hurt and no cars or motorcycles were traveling on the road as it collapsed. Continue reading
Marisol and I took her nephew, David, to Bioparque Ukumarí for the day. Ukumarí is a huge nature complex in Colombia’s coffee region that’s currently under construction. When finished, it will have a zoo, a veterinary center, nature museum, anthropology museum, aquarium, 4D attractions, interactive games, and nature-related extreme sports. It will be the largest complex of its kind in Latin America. As of our visit (October 1, 2016), I would estimate only 10% is done. Continue reading