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Published: March 18th 2010
Hello from Santa Marta, Columbia
We have been in Columbia for 2 weeks now and we are loving it. Everyone we meet is really friendly and welcoming. We started our Colombian adventure in Bogota. The highlight of Bogota was staying in La Candelaria, it´s the old centre of town and we loved walking the old lane ways and looking at some great Graffiti. We had a wicked night out with a friend from Buenos Ares and his Colombian friend. We got introduced to Augadente, which is a Sambuca type white alcohol that you drink in small shots. It was great and set us up nicely for a bit of a boogie in a popular club.
After Bogota we got a bus up to San Gil, a booming adventure town. Not quite up to Queenstown´s standards of thrill seeking but it was pretty close. We spent a morning rappelling down a waterfall which was so much fun but ridiculously scary. Unfortunately to my horror Brett was heaps braver than me....grr! San Gil has a great fruit market as well and we spent one morning going around trying different fruit that we had never seen before.
Another highlight of San
Gil was taking a bus to a quaint Spanish colonial town called Barichara. It was really beautifully restored to look as it did when the Spanish first arrived. A local delicacy in this region is Ants...yes you heard right ANTS!! They are massive, check out the photo´s. We went for lunch at a restaurant called in English The colour of Ants and you guessed it was had Steak with Ant sauce and fried Ants. To get an idea of the size of the ants have a look at your little finger, they would have been from the tip of your nail to the first knuckle. Very Big!
After our feast we walked an old Spanish trail for a village called Guane. This village was very remote and old. The guide book described it as being stuck last century and it wasn't´t to wrong.
After San Gil we hopped on a very cold overnight bus to Santa Marta. Santa Marta is a bit rough around the edges but again the people are the most friendly we have come across on this trip. Yesterday we went and visited paradise...well it was a beach called Bahia Concha and it was gorgeous.
hmm not to sure about that
Brett actually ate up all his Ants. He didn´t think they were to bad.
We spent a great afternoon lounging around and swimming. Last night we celebrated St Paddy´s day because it would be rude not to. Thankfully the party was at another hostel as we had loud Irish tunes spouting from the stereo. Some green paint was doing the rounds as well so we embraced our Irish side and went green.
Tomorrow we are heading into the bush for a 6 day trek to Ciudad Perdida, the lost city. This will be our first foray into the Jungle so we can´t wait.
Sending our love, hope your all well and having fun.
Jo and Brett
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