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 girlfriend, 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 a guidebook or major travel website. I will 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
Marisol and I are proud to announce the official opening of our new company, Paisadventure. We are a boutique travel company offering guaranteed departure, private, and custom tours all over Colombia. Please have a look at our website to learn more about where we go, what we do, and what “Paisadventure” means. We hope to see you in Colombia one day!
It can be hard to find good Spanish food in Colombia, but Pereira has two excellent Spanish restaurants. Continue reading
The big news of late is that Marisol and I got engaged last week! We will get married in Pereira with the date to be determined. Continue reading
Cali has a lot of great restaurants to choose from. It was tough to narrow our choices down for our few nights there and I can’t wait to get back to try some more places. This doesn’t cover The Market or Litany, which are both covered in their own posts. Continue reading
Cali has a great choice of hotels for both business and pleasure, ranging from basic hostels to top five star name brands. I’ve stayed at two different hotels on my many trips through the city. Continue reading
Dinner at The Market, located inside the Marriott Hotel in Cali, is a good experience. They have a huge selection of international cuisine in a casual dining room with a nice ambience. Much of it is “build your own”, including burgers, pasta, pizza, sandwiches, and wraps. We’ve eaten there twice and were very happy with our dinner but the service seemed to slow near the end the meal. Continue reading
My unexpected extended stay in Chicago allowed me the chance to see Colombia play Chile in the semifinals of the Copa América Centenario. For me, it pitted the country I now call home against a country I lived in for a short time. Both of them have given me fond memories, but on this night, I would support Colombia. Continue reading
The 3 Dune Challenge is a difficult 1.5 mile trail at Indiana Dunes State Park. It makes up parts of Trail #8 and Trail #4, and is a loop that starts and finishes at the Nature Center. The challenge goes to the tops of the three tallest dunes in the park for a total of 552 feet of vertical climbing. Continue reading
There are over 16 miles of trails at Indiana Dunes State Park. Of the seven trails, I’ve done five of them so far. I’ll give a short description of the trails in this post. Sometimes I didn’t exactly go on the best day for photos (overcast with a misty rain at times) but there was always a cool temperature perfect for hiking. Continue reading
Indiana Dunes State Park is the older sister of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Founded in 1925 after years of efforts by conservationists, the park is surrounded on three sides by the National Lakeshore and by Lake Michigan to the north. It consists of 2,182 acres of natural landscape a few miles north of the town of Chesterton. Like the National Lakeshore, Indiana Dunes State Park has incredible biodiversity. Continue reading