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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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Apr 2, 2011 - Taganga (2), Colombia

April 2, 2011 Last year at this time I was in El Fuerte, Mexico with Adam. My how things have changed. When we were in El Fuerte both of us got bit bad by noseeums around our calf’s and ankles. I was fine but Adam’s ankles swelled up huge. And I mean HUGE. He went to the hospital and they gave him some pills. They didn’t work. He went back the next day and they gave him a shot and he was fine. Well now it’s my turn. My ankles have become swollen. Not as bad as Adam’s but it’s hard to make out my ankle bones and I am having trouble...

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Apr 1, 2011 - Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta - Colombia

April 1, 2011 Three days ago we hired a guide from Minca; a small village at the foot of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Minca sits at approximately 600m and is home to a few thousand. We wanted him to take us to a Wiwa village deep within the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. These peoples have been virtually isolated from western civilization for centuries and have only recently allowed ‘younger bothers’ into their world. The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is an isolated mountain range apart from the Andes chain that runs through Colombia....

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Mar 23, 2011 - Taganga - Colombia

March 23, 2011 I left Curumani at 8:15 and arrived in Taganga around 2:30. With four stops. Officially. There were a lot more in Santa Martha to ask for directions but who’s counting. 275km’s. The road was good until I got closer to Santa Martha then it got think with traffic. I thought Taganga was a suburb of Santa Martha but it’s actually quite a ways out. I went to Casa de Felipe as per the Brits instructions and it was full so I went down the street to a German run place. I am not sure the name. I have a private room with A/C but no...

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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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Jul 23, 2010 - Playa Blanca/ Isla del Rosario

I'm scared of water and yet I found myself very curious about scuba diving. Mag has been trying to get me to try it for years and I have always flatly refused. However this time, tempted by the crystal clear Caribbean waters, I found myself saying yes. I was terrified as I squeazed my face into my mask and somewhat confused by how to put the snorkel in my mouth and how on earth that plastic tube was supposed to help me breath. But eventually I got the hang of it. We saw very little during our snorkeling excursion as the visibility was bad,...

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Jan 8, 2010 - Santa Marta, Taganga, Tayrona

Le premier effet de la côte caraïbe a été la rencontre avec un chauffeur de buseta qui voulait nous faire payer cinq places car on avait les gros sacs (il faut dire qu’ils ont des tailles d’humains). Mais le ton n’était pas très agréable… On a réussi à ne payer que le prix normal. Petite sopa pour tout le monde au petit déj, avant d’avoir le deuxième effet de la côte. N’ayant pas de précisions sur le fonctionnement du Parque Tayrona, nous avions décidé de réserver la veille par téléphone auprès d’Aviatur, l’agence de tourisme principale de...

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Jan 7, 2010 - Cartagena

I arrived in Cartagena late at night, desperately in need of a wash and some sleep. I struggled again finding a hostel with a vacancy and ended up taking one right at the bottom end of the market. It was by far the dirtiest room I had stayed in. There were lots of suspicious looking stains on my sheets. I used a t`shirt as a pillow case and didn`t move all night for fear of a part of my body coming free from my sleeping bag (which I had cocooned myself in) and touching the sheets. I moved to a new hostel the next day and then explored the...

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Jan 3, 2010 - The Lost City

I arranged an excursion to Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City) from Taganga. This is a 3 day trek through the jungle to a hidden city that is believed to date back to the 11th century. The jungle is so vast and the city is so well hidden that it wasn`t discovered until the 1970`s. It was discovered by treasure hunters/grave robbers who kept it a secret for a few years whilst they stole all the gold from it that was left after the Tayrona people fled when the Spanish invaded. The conditions of the trek were quite tough in that it was really hot...

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Dec 30, 2009 - Taganga (Colombia)

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...

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