Colombia Insiders Wanted

This opportunity is now closed. Thanks to everyone who applied. Click here to download our Insider’s Guide to Colombia!

Are you a Colombia local, or just back from a trip there? We need your help to uncover the coolest, most authentic local experiences and be a part of World Nomads’ latest Insider’s Guide to Colombia.

Have a look through the titles and let us know in the submission form below which ones you’re an expert at and why you are perfect to write the story.

Please note – we have a specific brief, with specific requirements for style, tone and approach. DO NOT SEND COMPLETED WORKS THROUGH MOJOS. You must apply to be awarded the commissions and we will be in touch if you are successful with more details regarding the assignment.

Deadlines: Applications by 29th December
First draft by 9th January

Payment: 50 cents (USD) per word. If you’re a blogger, writer or author, we’re also happy to put a backlink in the author bio.

Expertise required: Writers and Photographers wanted. See individual stories for more details.

The Brief:

Select one or more of the following stories. Please note, though included experiences under each story is mandatory, we also welcome your personal tips and additions – you’re the insider!

Top 10 Experiences in Colombia (550 words)
The things you absolutely must see and do in Colombia. Must include: Ciudad Perdida, Tayrona National Park, salsa dancing, surfing, diving, paragliding, Popoyan, Villa de Leyva.

Colombian Cuisine (550 words)
The national dishes and regional specialties, street food, desserts, sweets, and drinks.

Coffee (250 words)
Types of coffee drinks and coffee tourism in the Zona Cafetera.

Cultural Highlights (550 words)
Colombia’s cultural touchstones; must include: music (salsa, reggae, vallenato, cumbia), writers (magical realism), artists, major festivals, and soccer.

Know Before You Go (550 words)
When to go/seasons, what to pack/wear, money (ATMs, credit cards, exchanging money, tipping, bargaining, scams), should you talk politics?, no-go regions.

Language/Phrases (550 words)
Key Spanish words and phrases, use of English in Colombia, language courses.

Is Colombia Safe? (550 words)
Must include info on crime/kidnapping, scams, drugs, diseases (dengue, malaria, Zika, HIV), solo female travelers, LGBT, earthquakes, burundanga/ayahuasca.

Getting Around (550 words)
What you need to know about the airports, taxis (taxi safety), buses, colectivos, metro, getting to islands, etc.

Visas and Vaccinations (550 words)
Visa and vaccination requirements for Colombia.

Staying Connected (250 words)
Info on wi-fi, internet, SIM cards, etc.

The Caribbean Coast (550 words)
The best of the Colombia’s Caribbean Coast; should include info on Santa Marta and Tayrona, Providencia (diving/snorkeling, fishing, reggae, beaches), San Andres (diving/snorkelling, Acuario, fishing, beaches, reggae), Barranquilla (carnival, Museo Romantico).

The Pacific Coast (550 words)
The best of Colombia’s Pacific Coast; should include info on surfing, mangrove tours, Coqui/Nuqui/Choco, Afro-Caribbean culture.

The Amazon Basin (550 words)
The must see and dos in the Amazon basin. Plus a sidebar on Colombia’s tropical fruits (included in word count).

Pre-Hispanic Colombia (550 words)
Info on Colombia’s pre-Hispanic wonders: Ciudad Perdida, Tierradentro, San Augustin. How to get there, what to watch out for.

Ecotourism – 10 Places to Visit (550 words)
Colombia’s best ecotourism offerings. Can be specific lodges and/or general areas offering yoga, kitesurfing, camping, rainforest, caves, nature reserves, rappelling, volcanoes/mud baths.

Bogota – Must See and Do (550 words)
The best of Bogota, to include Museo del Oro, Monserrate, Botanical Garden.

Bogota – Outdoor Activities (550 words)
The top active things to do in and around Bogota.

Bogota – Nightlife (550 words)
The top bars, clubs, restaurants and nightlife experiences in Bogota.

Bogota – One-day Itinerary (550 words)
Only one day in Bogota? Here’s what you have to see and do.

Bogota – Getting Around (150 words)
Transportation options and the best ways to get around the city.

Medellin – Must See and Do (550 words)
The best of Medellin, to include Museo de Antioquia, Feria de las Flores, Botero art.

Medellin – Outdoor Activities (550 words)
The top active things to do in and around Medellin.

Medellin – Nightlife (550 words)
The top bars, clubs, restaurants and nightlife experiences in Medellin.

Medellin – One-day Itinerary (550 words)
Only one day in Medellin? Here’s what you have to see and do.

Medellin – Getting Around (150 words)
Transportation options and the best ways to get around the city.

Cartagena – Must See and Do (550 words)
The best of Cartagena, to include the old town.

Cartagena – Outdoor Activities (550 words)
The top active things to do in and around Cartagena, including beaches and Islas de Rosario.

Cartagena – Nightlife (550 words)
The top bars, clubs, restaurants and nightlife experiences in Cartagena.

Cartagena – One-day Itinerary (550 words)
Only one day in Cartagena? Here’s what you have to see and do.

Cartagena – Getting Around (150 words)
Transportation options and the best ways to get around the city.

Cali – Must See and Do (550 words)
The best of Cali, to include salsa and Feria de Cali.

Cali – Outdoor Activities (550 words)
The top active things to do in and around Cali.

Cali – Nightlife (550 words)
The top bars, clubs, restaurants and nightlife experiences in Cali.

Cali – One-day Itinerary (550 words)
Only one day in Cali? Here’s what you have to see and do.

Cali- Getting Around (150 words)
Transportation options and the best ways to get around the city.

Tips for applicants

These stories are designed to be standalone blog posts to be featured on WorldNomads.com, but will also be reformatted to become a downloadable Insider’s Guide.

See below for some examples:

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Aussie Crocs & Sharks: Tips to Remain Alive

 

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