Blogs from Santa Marta, Colombia, South America

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South America » Colombia » Santa Marta May 3rd 2019

After 7 days straight in baking hot temperature, it was time for a relief! We took the road. From Tayrona, we headed to Santa Marta, and then , took small road to Minca. You're going up all the way. At some point there are a couple of very tight 180 degrees curve so watch yourself! Minca is a very small city but it's quite compact. There are many accommodations but for peace and quiet, choose one out of the village. i chose one on Cerro Kennedy road named "tierra adentro private reserve". It's advertised as having free parking, but the road to get there are really really rough! I made 85% of the small road but had to abandoned and return to Minca. There, I parked my car in a private parking and took a jeep ... read more
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South America » Colombia » Santa Marta » Palomino April 29th 2019

Still staying in hotel Kantawa, decided to do a little ride to explore east side of the region. At first, I was supposed to go to RioHacha, explore a bit the desert and then go South to completely drive around Sierra Nevada mountain range. But I changed my mind soon after arriving in Colombia. Problem with Guajira and far East, is that the desert doe snot hold many interesting attractions for me, even after looking at some blogs and read about it. So, instead, I'll stay a couple of nights in Minca after Tayrona. The drive. Road is smooth and with not too much heavy traffic. I passed succession of banana plantations, forests, little villages and coastline. About the coastline, at one point, the road is on a cliff with many nice views, but there's no ... read more
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Tayrona national park is a very beautiful place, especially on the various beaches, (sweet). But like I mentioned in first blog on Colombia, some irritants can also be found here. (sour). The model for national parks in latin america is for me Costa Rica, hands down: Parks are well organized; Trails are very well marked; Detailed maps are available; Moving around in parks by yourself is simple; wildlife is abundant. If you know Costa Rica, then Tayrona could be compared to Manuel Antonio or Cahuita national parks, in a sense of a forest bordered by sea. But organization in Tayrona is not great. Let me explain. a-Entrance: main entrance is clogged with cars and buses just beside the main busy road. Even if you bought tickets online, you need to go to 2 or 3 different ... read more
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South America » Colombia » Santa Marta February 22nd 2019

Aamiainen lähikahvilassa. Kävelin kultamuseolle. Päivällä tapasin Luisin. Mentiin bussilla Tagangan pikkukaupunkiin. Kala-ateria rannalla. Illalla ei ollut enää liian kuuma istua asunnon parvekkeella. Vielä iltadrinkki. Nuoria tuli räppäämään kun istuttiin terassilla. Tykkäsin kovasti Santa Martasta. Mukava latinomeininki ja rauhallinen kaupunki. ... read more
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South America » Colombia » Santa Marta February 21st 2019

Jukka lähti paluumatkalle, ja minä matkustin pikkubussilla Santa Martaan. Menin Berlinasin terminaaliin, ostin lipun ja pääsin lähtemään 20 minuutin päästä. Matkustajilla ei ollut turvavöitä ja kuski ajoi välillä hurjasti. Mutta en jaksanut surra sitä. Barranquillassa oli vessatauko. Loppumatkasta reitti kulki kapeaa kannasta pitkin. Jäin bussista ostoskeskuksen luona, takseja oli tarjolla, ja menin keskustaan majapaikkaan. Riccardo oli vastassa, antoi avaimet ja neuvoi mistä automaatista saa eniten rahaa nostettua. Asunnossa oli sänkyjä kuudelle, joten tilaa riitti. Erikseen tuli avain ulko-oveen, toisen kerroksen välioven ja asunnon oveen. Kävin pankkiautomaatilla, ruokaostoksilla. Sitten lähdin etsimään ruokapaikkaa. Kiersin keskustaa. Päädyin kalaruokaan. Pesin vielä pyykkiä. ... read more
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South America » Colombia » Santa Marta » Taganga October 13th 2018

Zurück in meinem Apartment am Hügel, zurück in meinem Fischerort. “Taganga es rustico” hat eine Urlauberin aus Bogotá die ich am Strand kennengelernt habe zu mir gesagt. Rustikal, das trifft's auf den Punkt - ungekünstelt und echt, rau und bezaubernd, wie ein Rohdiamant mit all seinen Ecken und Kanten. Ich hab wie vor wenigen Monaten bei meinem ersten Aufenthalt hier viel zuhause gekocht, mit zahlreichen frischen Obst- und Gemüsesorten die ich am Markt finden konnte, und meine Vermieterin Ursula und meine Nachbarin Paula inklusive Sohn Alejandro zum Essen eingeladen. Gebratene Auberginenherzen mit Bohnen-Curry-Salsa, Minibratkartoffeln, in Kurkuma gedünsteter Mais und Yuca-Pürree. Dazu gabs natürlich ausreichend Koriander und kolumbianisches Bier. Ich habe meine Tage in Taganga ruhig verbracht, ha... read more
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Markt-Tour mit Jóse

South America » Colombia » Santa Marta July 12th 2018

The coastal journey from Cartagena to Santa Marta took us through some very authentic and deprived areas. Very much feels like a different country in comparison to Medellin. Overtaking safety fairly low, apparently oncoming traffic isn’t an issue. We stopped half way for a suspect looking cheesy pastry. Arrival at Dreamer Hotel, a completely different vibe awaited us. £1 beers, £2 wines and happy hour along with Salsa. Chatted to many people from all over the world but my favourite being our US friend who asked, “is Pablo Escobar a poet?” He looked like that guy from Three Wives, One Husband. Day spent lounging by the pool, which felt very Love Island. Love triangles everywhere and I just felt like Caroline Flack‘s older and wiser version.... read more
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South America » Colombia » Santa Marta June 6th 2018

Our first taste of Colombia was 6 hours sat in a freezing cold Bogota airport staying dry from the rain outside whilst we waited for our onward flight to Santa Marta. The highlights being lunch and our first first taste of Latin American football commentary as Roma completed their comeback against Barcelona in the Champions League with the cry of “GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL” being met with cheers of delight from the crowds who had gathered round the TV each time a goal went in! The waiting around was made all the more painstaking in the knowledge that Charlie, Josie, Bruce and Kelly who had flown out to meet us were no doubt enjoying a cerveza or two in the sun on the Caribbean coast! Fluff was due to arrive the morning after us and I was really looking ... read more
Sunset @ Taganga Beach
View from pool in Santa Marta
Walking in Minca

South America » Colombia » Santa Marta » Ciudad Perdida April 13th 2018

Santa Marta (05/04/18-07/04/18) We flew from cloudy Bogota up to Santa Marta: a city on Colombia′s gorgeous Caribbean coast. The palm tree studded coastline and warm sea breeze was the most amazing welcome! Although not much in Santa Marta itself, most backpackers use it as a base for nearby adventures. We taxied (this time we were not getting ripped off!) from Santa Marta airport to the nearby The Dreamer Hostel - exactly as it sounds. We spent 2 days sipping coconut lemonades and sunbathing (it is around 30° celsius here) by the beautiful pool (Santa Marta's best pool according to the Lonely Planet) and organised and prepared for the challenging 4 day trek I was keen to go on called The Lost City - dragging poor Sal along with me. Deep in the Sierra Nevada de ... read more
On The Way Up
Incredible Views of the Lost City
One of The Pit Stops

South America » Colombia » Santa Marta » Ciudad Perdida April 9th 2018

"Gibst du mir eines deiner Armbänder?", fragte das Kogi-Mädchen und zeigte auf mein Handgelenk. Gehüllt in ein einfaches Kleid oder besser gesagt einen Lumpensack (der wohl einst einmal weiß war, diese Zeiten aber längst vergessen hatte da die Farben der Sierra Nevada Teil seiner Zierde wurden) war der einzige Schmuck den sie trug ein dünnes weißes Armband und eine bunte Perlenkette. Der Halsschmuck dient zur Unterscheidung zwischen Mädchen und Jungen, erklärten unsere Guides, da die Gesichter der Kogi-Kinder wohl kaum zu unterscheiden wären. Tatsächlich tragen hier selbst die kleinsten Mädchen auffallenden bunten Halsschmuck. Als ich den Knoten eines meiner Armbänder lockerte, traute sie ihren Augen kaum und begann nervös um mich herum zu laufen. Ich versuchte ein paar Worte mit ihr zu wechseln, allerdings konnte sie kein Spanisch verstehen und ihre große Schwester... read more
Am Weg zur Ciudad Perdida
Ausblick auf die Sierra Nevada
Komplett durchnässt nach einem heftigen Wolkenbruch




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