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Published: August 14th 2018
After leaving our favourite place in Colombia, Capurgana, and leaving a sad Paco behind, we had to push on and continue our travels along the north coast, besides there was still lots to look forward to.
Yes, we're going back in to the past for a moment to when we left Capurgana and took a boat and bus to get to a place called Tolu. We came here to base ourselves for a day trip to the San Bernardo islands which consists of several islands bathing in the warm waters of the Caribbean. We took a boat to the island of Murcura, latching on to a group who were doing a day tour from Cartagena. We had several hours on the small island and somehow found ourselves soaking up the sun on a quiet stretch (besides a group of 10 Frenchies) of the island. Before heading back to Tolu, the boat also stopped at Santa Cruz Island which is the 8th most densely packed place on the planet with 1250 people living on an artificially made island of one hectare.
The trip to the islands was a great little day trip and our first proper taste of Caribbean waters.
Time to fast forward to the present and here we are in our final destination in Colombia, Cartagena.
We joined the free walking tour as we have found are quite good here in Colombia. We saw various sights and learnt about the history, Cartagena has quite a bit of history behind it and could have been settled by the English if they hadn't run out of supplies.
For the evening we went to one of the most popular bars in town, Club Havana, which has an amazing atmosphere inside. We enjoyed having some drinks while soaking up the sounds of live Latino music from a band of no less than 12 people. It was a great night out and beats (only slightly) playing scrabble at the hostel!
For our last full day we chose to visit Playa Blanca, 1hr south of Cartagena. We organised a tour (transport and lunch really) through our hostel which was more convenient time wise and possibly money wise than doing it by ourselves.
The beach was amazingly calm, clear and warm at the start. Playa Blanca is a long stretch of beach that has restaurants and accommodation from end to end. Most of
the locals stay around the entrance. For our group we went further up the beach, but being us, even that was too busy so we walked up an extra 100 meters and had a stretch of beach 50 meters either side of us to ourselves which was fantastic.
It was definitely a good day trip and opportunity to enjoy one last Caribbean beach swim before we headed to the cold mountains of Peru, quite the contrast!
Colombia was amazing!! Simply one of our favourite countries so far, the diversity of the landscapes and people keeps you wanting to explore more and more. The country is getting safer and more popular and should be on everyone's list!
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