|The border crossing from Venezuela to Colombia was manic. There was a huge presence of military and police but no order at all. It was a relief to finally arrive in Taganga but a hassle trying to find accommodation late at night on the day before new years eve. But we eventually managed it. I went for my first ever swim in the caribbean on new years eve and saw in the new year on the beach with a mix of locals and travellers. It wasn`t the typical local new years eve celebration that I had hoped to experience, but then I did choose a very touristy beach resort to spend new years eve. And I did get to see a number of locals and their various celebrations. There was one group of about 10 people who sat outside their house just near our hostel, listening to traditional music from some huge speakers on full blast. They were there all day new years eve, all day new years day and they finally left at some point on the 2nd, leaving behind about 30 empty rum bottles. I visited the beaches of Parque Nacional Tayrona on new years day. They were not the white sand beaches I expected of the caribbean, but they were very nice nonetheless. I visited the local port city of Santa Marta the following day. This again is very touristy and seems to be a stop for huge cruise liners doing a tour of the caribbean. It was a pleasant city though.