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Published: September 30th 2017
Geo: 9.52392, -75.5814
No time to see Cartagena today, as we were off to Tolu, the best jumping off point to visit the Islas San Bernardo - no matter, as we will be back here in a few days to celebrate New Year's Eve. We probably wouldn't have even stayed here last night had we found a cheap flight arriving during the daytime, but arriving at midnight meant having to spend the night here before taking the three-hour bus ride to Tolu.
First impressions - Tolu is a cute little town, bustling with Colombian tourists and is surprisingly vibrant for a town its size. The prevalence of discos in town is unexpected but again, it's catering to the visitors that often take over the town. The beaches here are nothing to get too excited about, as they are little more than a few small patches of sand, with water that appears to be of dubious cleanliness. But that's not important, as most venture farther out to find much better beaches.
Tolu boasts a long malecon, an oceanfront boardwalk that makes for some pleasant strolling at all times of the day, filled with families, restaurants, and vendors hawking their wares. Little oceanfront bars
that make use of the cheapest plastic tables and chairs are also great, reminiscent of barracas, Brazil's ubiquitous dive beach bars that are perfect for lazily spending an afternoon, drinking beer and socializing.
In fact, there are many aspects of Colombia thus far that remind me of Brazil - like I said before, there's a certain love of life you find in South America, and so far I've found Brazil and Colombia to be the best examples of it. The friendliness of the people, the love of music, the climate, the varied landscapes, the exotic fruits ... they are so similar, it's surprising, it's almost like Colombia is a mini-Brazil! And honestly - any place sharing any similarities with Brazil has to be good. Colombia rocks!
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