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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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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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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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