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Feb 28, 2014 - Last days and back to UK 28 Feb - 3 March

Saturday 1 March. After a good night’s sleep and early wake-up I started to plan my day. I met a young couple from Lewes at breakfast and shared a taxi with them into town. I had my ticket for the Cuban Art Gallery from when came here first and that was my main objective of the day. I was happy to have gone there as the art was very interesting and varied with quite a few sculptures also on display. I stayed more than two hours and then strolled towards the Choloclate Museum for a hot chocolate. Disappointingly, they only served cold...

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Feb 26, 2014 - Totumo Volcano

We had a fun morning at this volcano. It is only slightly larger than a termite mound - 60 mts tall so quite an unremarkable volcano. The villagers run the events around it as a cooperative and a way of earning a living. You climb some steps to the top and inside the crater is a pool of mud. I was prepared, already wearing my 2-piece but first of all wanted to see where you got scrubbed off afterwards as the guide had described it as 'a swamp'. Anyway, it was part of the large lagoon so Sharon and I climbed the steps and queued up for our...

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Feb 17, 2014 - Salt Cathedral and hot springs

A 7 am start to beat the traffic out of Bogota, we made our way to the El Sisga Lagoon, a reservoir about 1.5 hrs from Bogota where we stopped in a restaurant for breakfast. This is the first big meal of the day for Columbians, the second being lunch and just a cup of tea or chocolate in the evening. Big bowls of soup with chunks of meat and vegetables were given to everyone except for me; my soup was a vegetable broth with about .5kg of potatoes followed by hot chocolate and cheese which you dip into the cup - unusual. The chocolate is not...

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Feb 14, 2014 - Havana to Bogota

Got up quite leisurely for the first time in weeks and went to change some money for my return at the end of the month. Then had a big ‘sit-in’ at the only manicurist/pedicurist in town as my toes needed revarnishing. I was not v. Hygienic and I did wonder if I had done the right thing but she worked well and I then went back for a shower before checking out so got rid of any effects from the one small towel she used for the whole of Cuba. The taxi came punctually and I got through all the bureaucracy of Cuba quite quickly, with the...

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Feb 13, 2014 - Last day

Thursday 13 Feb. 14 Last half day for the group. Another bit of walking to places we missed yesterday and, for those who had gone off on a trip, to fill in for them the places they missed. I decided to do this as it is the last half day with them. After a group lunch and final bye-byes, they set off directly to the airport. And now trying to update finally getting a poor link to internet! Off to Bogota tomorrow

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Feb 12, 2014 - In Havana

Wednesday 12 Feb Wonderful Havana! Most of us opted to stay in Havana and not do an optional tour. Felix picked us up at 9 and we set out from our centrally located hotel to visit the major sights in Havana old city. He explained loads to us but also found things we may have missed like old fashioned pharmacies with ceramic jars beautifully displayed on mahogany shelves. We picked up the route I had taken yesterday and ended up in the Old Square – restored with Unesco and government funds only in 2000 – with the best coffee shop in all...

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Feb 10, 2014 - To Cienfuegos

Monday 10 Jan Trinidad to Cienfuegos I was happy to leave the ‘casa’ which has not been comfortable and which I reported to the group leader as being unsatisfactory. He contacted Exodus but I’ll follow up o my return. Anyway, we had a nice morning getting to the El Combre national park and doing a short walk to a waterfall where you could swim. I would have like a longer and more challenging hike, but the weather was fine and the scenery very nice. We then drove to Cienfuego a French neoclassical town and very pretty and different, on the...

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Mar 7, 2011 - Colombia: Cartagena, Santa Marta, Lost City & Taganga

CARTAGENA We arrived in Cartagena, hot, tired and hungry after spending the night on the Bogota Airport floor. Immediately hit by the hot air of the Caribbean we were thrown when we saw how much chaos and traffic there was- as we had expected Cartagena to be small and colonial like our Antigua experience. This was our first welcome to South America and realisation that things wouldn’t be that similar after all! After a good nap the hostel we headed into the old part of the city, feeling dubious and unsure that Cartagena is all it is cracked...

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Oct 12, 2009 - Parque Nacional de Tayrona--aka Paradise

After our relaxing night on the beach of Rodadero we headed back to the hostel, took naps, and headed out on a CHIVA (basically a party bus) that the hostel organizes every week. Its a huge open-aired bus with rows of seats, decorated with gaudy tassels and electric colors, a booming sound system, and of course plenty of ron y coca cola. There were several groups of friends parents in town, so they got a front row seat of what a typical saturday night of travellers debauchery looks like. Dancing on a moving bus after three or four cuba...

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Jul 16, 2009 - Playa Cabo San Juan

The next morning right on schedule our “taxi” arrived. We arrived at our new campsite and thought that we really should protest something. Tents were everywhere and it looked like a tent city. Don’t most people in tent cities protest something. We could protest their definition of a walk and insist they name it properly. Day two at the beach was not a super hot day, but was sufficient enough to catch some sun. Tents at Cabo San Juan are $50,000 a night, and bathrooms and showers are 500 pesos. It is hard to remember to take money...

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Jul 15, 2009 - Parque Tayrona

Another adventure, everything is packed and we were ready to go. Cory found a list on line that says Parque Tayrona is number 2 on a list of top 10 beaches in the world. Number 9 was a beach in Atitutaki, Cook Islands where Cory and Elaine spent some time on their honeymoon. If number 9 had impressed them, number 2 had to be way better. Maury, a new staff member at Casa de Felippe had sat down and explained the layout at Parque Tayrona, and he recommended the first campsite at Dom Pedro. First we had to jump on a local shuttle bus to...

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Apr 18, 2009 - Parque Tayrona: Hike to Chairama Pueblito

We woke up to clouds today. Rather sad since we wanted to get in a bit more sunshine before leaving the park but also good since it made us less sad to leave and to return to the comforts of warmth and a bed at night. We did the hour hike up to the old Tayrona ruins of El Pueblo where a few Koggi Indian families still living. The hike was rather gruelling as we had to navigate around giant stones the whole way up. The pueblo was nice but nothing spectacular. Its not entirely excavated and much no longer remains to it is hard to see what an...

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