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South America » Colombia » Santa Marta February 9th 2013

• Donderdag 07/02/13: Vandaag vliegen we van het zuiden naar de Caraïbische kust, meer bepaald naar Santa Marta. Daar worden wij opgewacht en naar het verborgen Taironaka, aan de Don Diego-rivier gebracht. Wij verblijven er in een ruime 'cabaña'. Het concept is er wel op gericht je zoveel mogelijk comfort te bieden, maar de realiteit is beduidend soberder... Zonnepaneeltjes zorgen voor karig licht en er is maar beperkt elektriciteit van het net. Geen internet en zeer onbetrouwbaar telefoonbereik. Hier lijkt het op dat, als je 'eco' wilt leven, heel wat zult moeten opgeven. Taironaka (niet te verwarren met het nabijgelegen 'PNN Tayrona') is eigenlijk een archeologische site van de Tairona-indianen, een zeer ontwikkelde beschaving. Zij leefden op de noordelijke flanken van de ber... read more
Macaw
Ons salon
Platform van de Tairona-indianen

South America » Colombia » Santa Marta » Ciudad Perdida February 6th 2013

Hola amigos I havent had time to write in ages due to remote locations or staying in hostels where the internet has too many people using it and a bit patchy as a result. I spent 3 nights in San Gil. As it is the adventure capital of Colombia, I went caving to Cueva Las Vacas, the Cows Cave. So called because they only discovered it when cows got stuck in there, at least I think that is right. Anyway, I dont feel the need to go caving anymore, at one point we had to go underwater for a few seconds to go through to the main part of the cave and that was enough adventure sports for me. On Tuesdays the hostel hosts "Tejo Tuesdays". Tejo is a traditional game where 2kg weights are thrown ... read more
Botanical Gardens, San Gil
Parrots
Tejo

South America » Colombia » Santa Marta » Ciudad Perdida January 10th 2013

Obviously, before leaving Colombia I had to do something epic. Apart from one week in Semana Santa, I had only had long weekends to tour aroudn the country, so I deliberately finished all my commitments 2 weeks before my departure date, and decided that I wasn't going to leave the country with even one peso left - which is exactly what happened! Even before I went to Colombia, I knew that the main thing I wanted to do was to go on the 5 day hike to reach the Colombian Machu Pichu, an ancient Tayronan city descovered only in the 1970s and only accessible still by foot. I flew to Santa Marta, and from there met the guide who I had booked. At least that was the plan. In reality, obviously, Avianca (national airline) had lost ... read more
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South America » Colombia » Santa Marta November 12th 2012

In the city of Santa Marta, on Colombia's Carribean coast, you can find all of the modern conveniences that we in the Western world have come to expect: bars, restaurants, shopping malls, cinemas, etc. Add to this the Carribean sea, some lovely old colonial architechture, churches, and paradisiacal beaches and lost ruins all within the nearby vicinity, and you have yourself a pretty decent backpacker destination. But if you look beyond the sun-kissed plazas and the tourist track, you will see that the city of Santa Marta has economic poverty as well as geographical riches within its vicinity. If you venture beyond the city centre and go to a district of the city misleadingly named "Oasis" then you will find the perfect example of the poverty and deprivation that plagues many of Santa Marta's residents. Past ... read more
Walking to Mariposas
In class
In class

South America » Colombia » Santa Marta November 12th 2012

On the 5th October I headed back to Bogotá to meet Phil who was visiting for 11 days. I met him at the airport (which was to become an all-too-familiar place for me), where unfortunately he also had the same problem that I did when I first arrived in the country, and was unable to withdraw any money. It just so happened that another British traveller (who he had met on the flight) had exactly the same problem with her bank card. (As you can't get Colombian pesos anywhere in England this meant that neither of them had any local currency at all - not a terribly pleasant start to any trip). So I was able to get my charitable thang on and pay for the taxi ride for all three of us and ensure that ... read more
Paragliding in San Gil
Phil and I outside the Terrocotta House
The Cavalry

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South America » Colombia » Santa Marta » Ciudad Perdida November 6th 2012

We arrived into santa marta with avianca who for a flight costing 40 quid and is ten times better than ryanair and this is south america. It was a very small airport we came into and both bags arrived this time which was a bonus and the customs point in the airport was pretty much non existent! We arrived at the dreamer hostel and it has been a really good point since we have been here...being lazy booking all the tours through the hostel. The next day was the start of the tour to ciudad perdida and in our group consisting of 4 germans, 3 americans, 1 dutch, 3 french and the 2 of us. This turned out to be a tough old hike across the jungle with lots of ups and downs and it was ... read more

South America » Colombia » Santa Marta September 29th 2012

Eftir kuldan í Bógota flugum vid i hitan í Santa Marta og skelltum okkur í eitt gott veikindafrí. Fyrst ákvad Eyrún ad vera veik og eftir tvo daga thegar hún vard hress fékk ég leyfi til ad taka vid henni. Vid nádum thó einum degi a milli veikindana thar sem vid vorum bædi hress og skelltum okkur í bátsferd til Playa Blanca og Eyrún fekk ad synda í sjónum og vörka tanid. Annars var bara slappad af i hengirúmi og okkur látid lida vel. Eftir nokkra daga í Santa Marta skelltum vid okkur, med fedgum fra Miami sem vid hittum a hostelinu, til lítid sjávarthorp sem var rétt hjá og heitir thad Taganga. Fyrsta daginn skeltum vid okkur a ströndina ad snorkla og liggja og sóla okkur. Eyrún var ekki alveg ad finna sig í snorklinu ... read more
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South America » Colombia » Santa Marta » Palomino September 14th 2012

Blame it on my Disney land experience of Cartagena but as I made my way along the Caribbean coast toward Venezuela, I was definitely in the mood for a more remote, tourist free type of experience. Palomino, a tiny undiscovered gem along the Caribbean coast was simply perfect, pristine beach, intense agate blue sea, fishermen and breathtaking view of the Sierra Nevada mountain chain from the beach. I can only be grateful that the locals met in Santa Marta shared this tip with me…What else, well, this is still off the road for most tourists so there was barely anyone and no infrastructure as such other than hammock and a few bungalows! Life sweet life… The “getting there” part Surprisingly easy! One would expect that this type of place be a hard one to get to ... read more
An interesting way to use the fishing boat!
Cooking time!
La Sirena

South America » Colombia » Santa Marta » Ciudad Perdida September 4th 2012

CUIDAD PERDIDA- aka. the lost city- The story of this adventure is nothing short of a movie. I am hoping you will derive as much entertainment and enjoyment from it as i did living it. The chain of events leading to myself being carried by a donkey, yaniv by a horse and hospital visit no 2 started in santa marta, colombia. Setting the scene: Sitting in the office of the Expo tour company we made our arrangements for our customised 4 day hike ignoring the standard 5-6 day recommended route. After much attempted persuasion from david, the tour manager , NOT to cut corners and do it 4 days Yaniv managed to ensure him that we were at our peak fitness and strength. The catch to our 4 day exclusion was that we would be required ... read more

South America » Colombia » Santa Marta » Ciudad Perdida August 29th 2012

'Ciudad Perdida' bedeutet vergessene Stadt und dieses von dem Urvolk Tayrona im Jahr 300 v.Chr. gegründete Handels- und Politikzentrum liegt nun verlassen, aber gut erhalten in Mitten der Sierra Nevada an der karibischen Küste Kolumbiens. Nachdem die Spanier einfielen war das Volk umkämpft und von Seuchen befallen. Die wenigen Überlebenden flüchteten in umliegenende Gebiete, die Stadt wurde verlassen und vergessen. Die Tour dorthin ist nicht einfach und zudem ziemlich teuer. Aber es hat sich gelohnt!!! Für uns hieß es also die wichtigen sieben Sachen zu packen und für 5Tage in den Dschungel zu gehen um eben diese Stadt zu 'suchen'. Unsere Truppe (zwei Ecuadorianer und zwei Israelis und wir) wird von Miguel angeführt. Er, sein Bruder und seine Cousine haben die folgenden Tage für unser Wohl gesorgt und über Stock und Stein geholfen. Die Familie der ... read more
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