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South America » Colombia » Medellin March 10th 2014

Saturday 8th March (Odyssey Day 120) We had a 0900 departure and said our goodbyes to Maddie and Lou this morning. They will be staying on in Cartagena for a bit, then doing an abbreviated trip including Machu Picchu, before heading back home to England. So now we have lost four more members of our group, and re-gained one. It feels noticeably emptier on the truck now. Driving along some high, winding roads, we saw some random single bright yellow trees. It was a bit odd as they were the only real colour around for a long time. There were a lot of police checks on this stretch and we had to stop a few times, though never for very long. Instead of camping, we stopped for the night at pretty much the only place we ... read more
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Travel Day
Medellin


Columbia Cuzco and Lima We celebrated our 2 year wedding anniversary on 17 dec, after a bad nights sleep at our hostel in Cuzco. The altitude was still affecting my sleep and I kept waking up gulping air. We had a chocolate quinoa croissant breakfast at a recommended (by the only other South African we met on our whole trip) organic restaurant before hopping on an open top tour bus. The tour was average because we could hardly hear a word the guide was saying. Nevertheless it was nice to look at all the old churches, the ancient inca ruins and the imposing white Christ which towers overs the city and mimicks Rio's Christ redeemed. We found a restaurant that had hubbly for lunch and Skyped Gav before catching a cab to the airport. We bumped ... read more
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South America » Colombia » Cartagena March 7th 2014

Tuesday 4th March (Odyssey Day 116) Today was another late start as we travelled from Barranquilla to Cartagena. We departed at 1045 since it is only a few hours’ drive and there is no point in getting there too early as we wouldn’t be able to check in. As it turned out, Steve beat us to Cartagena and will re-join the group now after a month away travelling through the Amazon. The Hotel Stil, where we are staying here, is nice. I’m in a twin with Joanna and we actually have TV here with an English channel. Not a lot on of course, but it’s still a novelty. We even have not-cold showers. I wouldn’t call them warm exactly, but neither are they cold. As it stands, I wouldn’t care either way since it’s still very ... read more
Cartagena
Cartagena
Cartagena

South America » Colombia » Barranquilla March 3rd 2014

Friday 28th February (Odyssey Day 112) A lazy start again today as we didn’t leave until 1000. It will be a short day today so why not enjoy the beach for a little longer? Hannah and I had our last go at the slack line and after so much practice, we did both manage to get all the way across. I obviously had severe delusions about my balance before this! We then headed off toward the city of Barranquilla and as we arrived on the outskirts of town and drove through a few slums, everyone was getting worried about spending Carnival here. As it turned out, we drove through the bad part of town and arrived in quite a nice and clean area where our hotel was. The majority of the group are in the Golden ... read more
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Barranquilla
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South America » Colombia » Magdalena » Tayrona National Park February 27th 2014

Tuesday 25th February (Odyssey Day 109) Our San Gil hotel put on breakfast early for us, so we were up at 0600 for that. We departed only about 15 minutes late at 0715. It was to be a very long day of travelling, further than we had done previously. I believe the original plan had been to bushcamp between these two stops, but it is not something we wanted to do. Not only are the options for places to stop limited, but it is also possibly less then safe here and there was no point taking chances. I slept most of the morning away at the front of the truck but after lunch decided that the only way to stay awake was to watch a couple of movies on my laptop. However by 2130, it was ... read more
Tayrona N.P. Camp
Tayrona N.P. Camp
Tayrona N.P. Camp

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South America » Colombia » Cartagena February 25th 2014

Liebe Familie und Freunde Nach mehr als drei Jahren folgt endlich wieder eine Reiseblog von Ramona & André, das heisst "we're finally on the road again"! Am ersten Januar haben wir unsere 6 1/2 Monatige Südamerikareise gestartet und das mit dem Ziel, Euch von jedem Land einen kleinen Reisebericht zu senden. Wie es so geht wenn man auf Reisen ist, die Zeit vergeht wie im Fluge und es sind scho fast 2 Monate rum, deshalb folgen nun gleich zwei Berichte - Kolumbien und Ecuador. Viel Spass :-) Kolumbien liegt im Nordwesten des südamerikanischen Kontinents und ist ungefähr so gross wie Frankreich, Spanien und Portugal zusammen. Es ist nach Brasilien das zweitbevölkerste Land des Kontinents, mit 43 Millionen Einwohnern. Die jüngere Geschichte des Landes prägt auch heute noch das Bild für viel Europäer. So war es doch ... read more
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South America » Colombia » San Gil February 24th 2014

Saturday 22nd February (Odyssey Day 106) Another travel day today, it’s a good thing Ithaca is comfortable since we spend so much time aboard her. We left Bogota at 0900 which was a rather late start actually and Hannah and I managed to find the time to head across the road to a café for muffins for breakfast. Whilst there I got chatting with an American girl who was there doing work for a documentary on Colombia. It was interesting to hear what someone who had already been in the country a few weeks had to say about the increasing tourism of the area, as well as the pre-conceived ideas most people have when coming here. The reputation of Colombia is something we have all heard, and the most common things people mention when I said ... read more
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San Gil

South America » Colombia » Bogota February 21st 2014

Thursday 20th February (Odyssey Day 104) Since the drive today was long, we left camp at 0700. So we got to see the dawn this morning, even if the sunrise itself was out of sight behind the clouds. I had the front seat today, which means I fell asleep along the front bench as soon as we got out of town. I hadn’t even realised I was tired! We stopped and started quite a lot as there seemed to be a lot of areas of roadwork along the way. But at least the road is a properly paved one. Looking out the windows you can quite often see a military presence just off the road but we were not stopped at all. We arrived into Bogota after dark this evening. From what we could see driving ... read more
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South America » Colombia » San Agustin February 19th 2014

Tuesday 18th February (Odyssey Day 102) We were a little late leaving this morning, just after 0900. Simon managed to get the truck right to the hostel this time, and it made packing a lot easier even if we did hold up quite a lot of traffic doing so! Heading out of town, we drove through a lot of hills again on another long, winding and bumpy road. It was still light when we arrived in San Agustin, which was a definite bonus. We made it to our camp after a few false directions and having to turn around in really narrow areas. The track to the camp was also very narrow and Simon had to reverse down it to park. The camp itself is a lovely area of sloping green grass and sheltered communal areas. ... read more
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San Agustin Camp
San Agustin

South America » Colombia » Cali February 18th 2014

11 mai 2012 : Départ pour la Colombie. Pour cela, nous arrivons à Orly-Ouest à 8h10 pour un décollage à 11h55 direction Madrid où nous arrivons à 14h00. Le système d'orientation est très mauvais (pas de bureau d'information) et nous tournons un peu en rond avant de trouver quelqu'un qui puisse nous aider. Finalement après être arrivés au bureau d'enregistrement, on nous annonce que l'avion de la compagnie Avianca qui doit nous emmener à Cali a un problème de moteur. Du coup, nous nous retrouvons à l'"Auditorium Hôtel" de Madrid où nous passons la nuit. Le temps d'arriver à l'hôtel, nous prenons notre repas de midi à 16h45 et notre dîner à 21h30. Les informations venant d'Avianca ne sont pas claires et nous allons nous coucher sans savoir à quel moment nous allons pouvoir partir. Voilà ... read more
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