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Apr 29, 2016 - Tayrona Park and Crystal Beach

Today was the best day of the trip. We took a small bus to Tayrona Park and to Crystal Beach inside the park. First a 1 hour bus ride then a 15 minute boat ride. The boats were like those fishermen use but the ride was through a small bay with very calm water. Our fee for this that included the park fee was $75mil pesos, or about $24US. The water was as beautiful as any in St. Croix, crystal clear so that you could see your toes. I snorkeled near shore and saw plenty of fish. When we first arrived there was an assortment of small fish at...

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Apr 27, 2016 - Day Tour to Historic Center of Santa Marta

Today after breakfast at our hotel we were picked up by Eddie our English speaking guide and a taxi driver. This half day tour cost us $60 mil pesos (about $20US). We discovered we are not really in Santa Marta's historic district but in El Rodadero, a few miles away. We were told the nicer beaches are in Rodadero, but there is more historic things to see in Santa Marta. It was a good tour, if still very hot. If it works out we are taking another day tour tomorrow to Cartagena a more historic area. If it works out we will be picked up at...

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Apr 26, 2016 - Santa Marta, Colombia for 4 Nights

On the road again. It's been about 2 months since Portugal and that 14 day Cruise. Oh and the days in New York City and those 4 nights in Atlantic City. I was excited to hear my friend Mary in Colombia needed a travel companion to visit Santa Marta on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. So here I am, continuing my search for a better beach then any in St. Croix. Also happy to reconnect with Mary whom I visited for a week during my Panama travels. We met up at the airport in Medellin yesterday and spent a night at a nice airport hotel...

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Jun 25, 2014 - Days 305 to 313 - Santa Marta and Minca - Columbia

At 9.00pm on Monday 16th June I boarded the night bus (yes, another one!) for the 16 hour trip to Santa Marta on Colombia’s northern, Caribbean, coast. This is one of the longer bus journeys but, fortunately, the bus was very quiet (no music or films!) and I managed to have a good six hours or so of fairly undisturbed sleep. Arriving at the Santa Marta bus station at around 1.00pm on Tuesday 17th June, the first thing that struck me was the heat; it was roasting hot after the relative cool of the air conditioned bus and there was not a...

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Apr 23, 2014 - Tayrona National Park, Taganga, Colombia

Wednesday 23rd April 2014 Taganga, Colombia Today we travelled by private bus from the hotel to Tayrona National Park. Once we had picked up our tickets we headed to the drop off point and walked through the forest to lookouts overlooking the Caribbean Sea beaches. The walk was quite hot as the day was sunny and about 35-36C in the morning. We walked through a number of different types of forest with great rock formations that had particular significance to the indigenous inhabitants in the area. On the way we came across 2 young indigenous...

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Apr 22, 2014 - Riohacha to Taganga, Colombia (Santa Marta)

Tuesday 22nd April 2014 Riohacha to Santa Marta and Taganga, Colombia We are right up in the northernmost part of Colombia and in the morning today we stopped on the side of the road and had a view of the ocean – the Caribbean Sea – it’s amazing that we have travelled right up from Ushuaia in the southernmost part of South America right up to the north of the continent in about 2 months. Many long days and interesting sights. We drove to near the town of Santa Marta and parked the truck and transferred to minibuses to head to Taganga to...

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Feb 18, 2013 - Parque Tayrona

Après le départ de Maude et Alex, nous repartons en direction de Santa Marta, cette fois pour nous rendre au Parque Tayrona. Après avoir marché environ 2h avec nos sacs à dos remplis de provision, nous nous installons pour 3 jours au camping de Cabo San Juan, juste à côté de la plage. Les paysages sont ici aussi paradisiaques : cocotiers, sable blanc, eau turquoise, Sierra Nevada, vous vous en rendrez compte par vous-même en regardant les photos. La seule chose à faire attention est de ne pas se recevoir une noix de coco sur la tête :-) En...

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Feb 5, 2013 - Ciudad perdida

Nous voici enfin parti pour la cité perdue! Après 1 heure de trajet sur de la route normale nous continuons encore 1 heure sur un petit chemin sineux et très cabossé. Encore pire que le chemin de la clochette! Nous arrivons à Machete, le village du départ. Après une rapide collation nous nous mettons en route avec notre groupe (11 personnes). Pour le premier jour, nous marchons environ 3 heures dont une bonne montée. Heureusement avant la montée nous avons pu nous baigner dans la rivière pour nous rafraichir un peu. Nous avons également eu...

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Feb 28, 2012 - San Gil & Cartagena

Thought I would add a quick bit before I´m off again. El Cocuy is still with me in terms of physical appearence. The lips healed a few days ago but I was still asked what happened to my nose and if I was in a fight even today. Beautiful After El Cocuy I bussed it to San Gil. The trip did not do me as well as I may have liked, 2 buses for a total approaching 15 hours. The first 10 overnight on extremly bumpy terms. Anyway I got to San Gil, Armann (hiking partner) and I bid farwell for now and I got to my hostal around 1. By 6 I decided to...

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Feb 21, 2012 - El Cocuy National Park

I have just got back from El Cocuy National Park. It is in the east part of Colombia in the middle of the Andes and is called by many Colombias best mountain range. After being there I most certainly conquer with the last statement. In total I spent 7 days in the national park. Even the entrance to it had some novelty. The only way to avoid the 7 hour walk up hill is to catch a milk truck that leaves from town at 6 each morning (in total there are 17). This takes 3 hours to go a whole 18km due to the fact it stops at every farm and picks...

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Feb 10, 2012 - Santa Marta and Lost City

Hello all, thought I would get an entry in before I start the next trek. It may be a little brief on some subjects, I assure you this is not through lack of effort, more through an extremly sticky keyboard and lack of patience. Here it goes I just completed the 5 day trek to the lost City of Perira. It is an archeological ruin in the northern colombian jungle that was just discovered by gold hunters 30 years ago. In short it was a blast. The trek started out with a 2 and a half hour truck ride to get out of the City of Santa Marta and...

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Oct 10, 2009 - broken down boats and druglord mansions

A long haul overnight bus from San Gil brought us to Santa Marta, on the northern coast, by early morning a few days ago. It was already sweltering hot at 8am so after checking into our hostel, La Brisa Loca, we went straight into the sea. Water is like a warm bath, barely even refreshing but definitely better than nothing. The beaches right here in the city arent very nice, but its only a short bus ride or boat ride away to many beautiful places. Yesterday one of the hostel employees took us all out on a boat ride out of nearby Tagagna to...

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