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South America » Colombia » Santa Marta January 10th 2015

We took a bicycle taxi to the bus station to save some walking. It only cost us 6000 pesos instead of the10000 it cost to get into town. Prices may vary... We bought tickets to Santa Marta on direct bus, but the six hour bus ride took eight hours, which is the norm for Colombia... On the bus we bought arepa with egg from one of the many vendors that got on at one of the stops, and it was delicious. We should have bought more bus snacks on this trip. There's really no downside. We took a taxi to Hotel Miami and got a room. One of the staff had a huge Great Dane that was super friendly. I don't think dogs that big really know how big they really are. We needed food so ... read more
Hello Mr. Police Officer, Can I Try Your Segway?
Santa Marta

South America » Colombia » Santa Marta » Ciudad Perdida December 14th 2014

So Cartegena... Formerly a key stronghold of the Spanish empire being the closest South American city to Spain, it has seen more then its fair share of battles - good news for a history buff such as myself. Its also mid 30s temperature wise and too hot is always better than too cold. However as a result the local economy is more tourism based with the result you have guys trying to sell you drugs every ten steps! And the weather combined with being very humid = alot of perspiration ! After the quietness of my hostel in Medellin I decided to go for the opposite in Cartegena and stayed in the always active Mamallena hostel. Immediately after getting off my 15 hour bus ride I booked a mud volcano tour leaving in the afternoon. This ... read more
Floating Away
Toucan in Minca

South America » Colombia » Santa Marta » Palomino October 17th 2014

We decided to fly from Medellin to Santa Marta as the cost of a flight wasn't much more than taking the bus and it was much quicker. We arrived at Santa Marta airport and took a taxi to our accommodation in Taganga. Taganga wasn't what I was expecting, the lady in the hostel described it as a poor suburb of Santa Marta which was very true. Most of the roads were dirt, there wasn't mains water so our hostel had to buy it in, and there were numerous mangey dogs roaming the streets. We spent the afternoon in the pool at the hostel as it was really hot and humid before venturing out down to the beach. The beach didn't inspire me to want to swim and the area had a strange feel to it, maybe ... read more
Tiki Hut
Palomino beach
Walking back towards Palomino

Maxa z Rakuska som zacala volat Robinson. Vzdy, ked sa za nim obzriem, lovi v mori ryby, splha sa na kokosovu palmu, alebo nahana leguanov po lese. Medzicasom sme zistili, ze kokosy nam len tak zo stromu nespadnu, tak sme nasli jeden orech padnuty na zemi. Maxovi trvalo vyse hodiny, kym sa prepracoval k mlieku. Vysledok stal za to. Na dalsi den spadne kokos hned vedla naseho stanoviska s dekou. Max dlho nezahala, uz zhana nozik a pusta sa do prace. Vylepsil si cas, teraz mu trva 10 minut, kym sa dostane k mlieku a daslich 10 minut kym sa prepracuje ku kokosovemu jadru. Mmmm, to bola mnamka, ty kokos! ... read more

Sme v Santa Marte na severnom karibskom pobrezi Kolumbie. Mesto nic moc, ale hostel At Jackie's je prijemny. Trosku som sa tu v tento den zezoterizovala. Betho z Nemecka mi na pockanie vyrobil naramok z farebnych spagatikov na nohu a ucil ma zonglovat. Vyrazame do narodneho parku Tayrona, ktory je necelu hodinu autobusom od Santa Marty. Na ceste stretavame prveho Slovaka s jeho kamaratom. Pridaju sa ku nam. Alebo my k nim? Do parku sa plati vstupne (39.000 pesos). Kolumbijcania to maju za polovicu. V pralese stretavame skupinku indianskych deti (indigenas). Macetou nam predelia kokosovy orech a my sa osviezime nie zrovna zrelym kokosovym mliekom. Ubytujeme sa v kempe Cabo de San Juan. Postredie a plaze su nadherne, wecka a sprchy uz trochu menej. V pozadi plazi je prales, napadne pripominajuci obrazy Henriho Rousseaua. Nad celym ... read more

South America » Colombia » Santa Marta August 15th 2014

Après deux semaines passées à Carthagène, nous commençons à nous sentir un peu chez nous et c’est vraiment agréable ! Les taxis ne peuvent plus nous arnaquer, les commerçants nous connaissent et nous font des prix locaux, les voisins de Mario nous ont acceptés dans leur entourage… Nous retrouvons Barbie, un ami d’Armand, à l’aéroport de Carthagène pour une semaine de visite intensive du nord du Pays. Notre passons tous les 3 une dernière soirée chez Mario pour fêter son anniversaire. C’est une très bonne introduction : Barbie se retrouve à danser de la salsa ou encore à chanter des chansons françaises en portant une cravate jaune et des lunettes disco avec Mario, … Nous sommes vraiment tristes de quitter Mario et Piedad ! Le lendemain nous partons à l’est avec comme premier objectif la découverte ... read more
Cabo San Juan
Vers Pueblito

The past ten days have been spent exploring some of Colombia’s Caribbean coast. The highlight for me was definitely Tayrona national park where beautiful beaches meet protected forest teeming with wildlife. We also spent time in Santa Marta, Palomino and travelled inland to the stunning mountain village of Minca. Our first stop from Cartagena was Santa Marta where we based ourselves for the week; all of the places we visited were relatively remote so we couldn’t take all of our stuff, fortunately we were able to leave our large backpacks at the hostel while we explored. We stayed at ‘Drop-Bear Hostel’ in a residential area of Santa Marta which proved to be perfect for our needs. Although very gringo-fied Drop-bear has everything you need before setting off for a few days in the wilderness including a ... read more
Cotton headed Tamarin, Tayrona national park
A few of the animals we saw in Tayrona national park. 1. Blue land crab 2. Cotton headed tamarin 3. White fronted capuchin monkey 4. Green iguana 5. Rufus-tailed Jacamar 6. Rhinocerous beetle 7. Leaf toed gecko 8. Cray fish 9. yellow-striped poisen frog
Rustic but practical

South America » Colombia » Santa Marta June 26th 2014

Our Arrival Our bus from Bacaramanga arrived in Santa Marta bus terminal at 8:30am. There are taxis outside the bus station to take you to town for a negotiated fare or you can get the bus. We caught the bus. You have to walk out to the main road and wait for a bus to come past with 'Bastidas' on the front which is the name of the avenue that runs next to the beach. The bus costs COP$1,400 (COP$1,500 on holidays) and you pay the driver once you get on. It took about 1/2 hour to get into town. It drives down carrera 5 which is a busy shopping street and we got out once it reached calle 10. Where We Stayed Hotel Villa Del Mar - carrera 2 between calle 11 and calle 10c. ... read more
Taganga Beach
Rodadero Beach
A beautiful sunset

South America » Colombia » Santa Marta June 24th 2014

What's not to like about a 4 day trek through mountainous, mosquito-infested jungle, in temperatures of up to 40 degrees to find a lost city? (No I'm not sure any of us can explain how John and I managed to persuade Penny to join us - perhaps that was our greatest achievement). But after all a whole city, it's not every day you get to find one of those. The trek to La Cuidad Perdita starts about 50 kilometres up the coast from Santa Marta and a few miles inland on a dirt road to a small village called Machete Pelau. We'd originally planned and booked the trek as a 5 day trip heading out on the 20th and returning on the 24th in time for England's final group game against Costa Rica. However, a closer ... read more
Sleeping arrangements at Camp 1
Jungle view on Day 2
Jungle and river on Day 2

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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