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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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Cody's Travels 2012

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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Jul 16, 2009 - Santa Marta

A notre retour du parc Tairona, on profite un peu de Santa Marta et ses alentours. C’est ainsi que nous visitons Taganga, un petit village de pecheurs a 20min de la ville. L’endroit est devenu touristique . Les plages, certe jolies, sont comblés de touristes locaux et etrangers. Nous nous baignons dans l’eau claire et paisibe de la mer. Le jour suivant nous nous rendons a un autre endroit, les cascades de Valencia. Au bout d’un sentier a travers la jungle, nous arrivons a une grande parroi rocheuse mais facil a escalader. Il devrait y avoir...

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Jul 11, 2009 - Parc Tairona

De Cartagena nous allons a Santa Marta. Santa Marta est également situé sur la cote, mais la ville est plus petite et moins pittoresque que Cartagena. Nous campons cette nuit sur la plage de la ville mais le sommeil est dur a cause de la chaleur. Il y a près de Santa Marta le Parc National Tairona. C’est un parc côtier partagé entre jungle et plages. Nous y passons en tout six jours. Ce sont six jours de détente, de soleil, de plage, et de ballades dans la jungle. Malgré quelques touristes le parc est relativement tranquille mais son entrée...

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Mar 16, 2009 - Santa Marta

Okay this wll be short one as I was still feeeling terrible this day, relly bad stomach cramps. The highlight of santa marta was definatey the fruit selles on the street and peple selling coffee on the sreet, unfrtunately I was too sick to try anything which was annoying. When the cramping got so bad I decided I had to force myself to eat ven though I really didn´t feel like it, We entered the supermarket and I bought a loaf of bread and ham and ate inside the complex on a chair. An older lady sat next t me and ws lughing at me about eating...

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Apr 1, 2008 - Santa Marta, the beach

Santa Marta is also beautiful. I really don´t know why more people don´t go to colombia. you can get beer for less than 2 bucks a bottle, accomodations for about 7-20 dollars a person and meals for about 5 a person with beer incl. The people are friendly, though very few speak english and the landscape and towns are beautiful. It is hotter than a mofo here tho. We go out early in the morning and get back around noon, stay in the shade and then head out late afternoon again. There´s this lady on the beach with dreads piled like medusa who...

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South America 2008

Mar 17, 2008 - Arrived in Santa Marta - Beach hopping

This morning we woke up at 6:30A and took a fast van to Santa Marta (4 hours, 37,000 Pesos/person), a favorite vacationing spot for Colombians. Along the way, we saw many soldiers with guns all along the way. In one sense, it made us felt safe; on the other hand, it made us realized that Colombia´s is still battling an internal war. After arriving in Santa Marta, we took a taxi and settled in a small fishing town 5km away called Taganga. It has many hostels and a nice beach called Playa Grande. Due to this week being the Easter Week, it is...

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Jan 25, 2008 - Back to Santa Marta and diving

Santa marta is a lovely beach town and felt very relaxed after Venezuela! We spent most of our time here relaxing, wandering around the market, and drinking mora y banano (raspberry and banana) juices that are delicious! Santa Marta is also known for its very cheap diving, so we organised a trip to Isla Morro and a nearby place where there is a wreck. The dive boat was a bit basic(!) and the crew was different: there were two boys helping their dad, and our guide. The diving was great tho: stunning corals, great visibility, and an...

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