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South America » Colombia » Taganga March 21st 2018

Tag vier an diesem beschaulichen Ort bricht an und ich muss sagen: Ich fühle mich wohl und geborgen. Der Abstand zum Großstadttrubel, die wenigen Touristen, Erdpisten, die Einfachheit der Menschen und der Gegebenheiten... back to the roots. Allerdings war das nicht von Anfang an klar: Taganga eilt nämlich ein schlechter Ruf voraus. Das ehemals kleine Fischerörtchen hätte vor ein paar Jahren zu viele Touristen an sich gezogen und damit eine schlechte Kultur entwickelt. Parties, Alkohol, Drogen, Raubüberfälle, Prostitution - all das soll man hier finden oder einmal gefunden haben. Ein paar Menschen in Cartagena und Bogotá hatten Taganga nur mit "wildes Pflaster" kommentiert, andere eher in die Richtung "trauriges Abfallprodukt des Tourismus", wieder andere als simplen, wenig spektakulären Vorort Santa Martas. Warum genau willst du da hin? Das war die allgegenwärtige... read more
Am Weg von Cartagena nach Taganga I
Am Weg von Cartagena nach Taganga II
Ein erster Abend im neuen Apartment - könnte schlechter sein

South America » Colombia » Taganga April 5th 2016

The past four days or so I've been taking my PADI Open Water SCUBA Course to obtain my certification. Swimming underwater and taking that first breath of air was an exhilarating feeling. I'll never forget that leap of faith. I'm so happy that I decided to do this course as I was on the fence a little bit about the whole SCUBA thing. I was never nervous or scared, I just didn't think it was worth the time, effort, or cost to dive. I could not have been more wrong. I really feel that SCUBA and diving in general is for me and this will now be an investment I can carry with me for a lifetime. For my course I decided on the more expensive option (so out of character) Poseidon Dive Centre. Again I ... read more
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South America » Colombia » Taganga March 24th 2016

Today my mission was to go over to Taganga which is a little beach town over the hill next to Santa Marta. My aim was to case the place out and get some information regarding PADI Diving Schools. Getting to Taganga was a cinch. Basically you just go over to the main road in Santa Marta and wait for a minbus to cruise by that has a Taganga sign in the window. Once you spot your ride you wave the driver over and you hop onto the bus whilst the vehicle is still in motion. Great fun really, just be sure not to roll your ankle. The mini bus was a dodgy tincan of a ride, built for maybe 12 but packed with about 18. Just the way I like it and only $0.80. Once in ... read more
fish lunch
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South America » Colombia » Taganga January 24th 2015

I've come to Taganga, a thirty minute bus ride up the coast from Santa Marta. A recommendation from a pal I met learning Spanish in Ibiza, he tells me I'll love it. Well, #pleased2mitsou, I do. I small seaside resort. Rough around the edges with a relaxed, hippy vibe. Salsa music here is played in every other house. Each with a huge speaker system pointing out to the dusty unmade roads. The volume turned up to a 'Spinal Tap' eleven well into the early hours. Happy hour generally lasts for five. Two mojitos for only £6. It's cheap, the food is fresh and tasty, and I'm so glad I came. My hostel, The Divanga bed and breakfast is just the ticket. A French restaurant at the hostel should I feel more peckish and a swimming pool ... read more
Lots of Space
Some fish I saw
High Street, Taganga

South America » Colombia » Taganga November 9th 2014

A 4:45am bus arrived at our hostel to drive us northeast to Santa Marta where we would meet our group for the Cuidad Perdida (Lost City) trek in the jungle to a pre-Colombian site kept hidden by the local indigenous for centuries. Unfortunately, there’d been some miscommunication between the tour operator, our hostel and us resulting in us arriving at 10am when the other tour members had been ready to depart at 8am. Despite the delayed start, they were happy to see us and off we went for a drive into Tayrona National Park where we would be trekking. During our drive we were introduced to the group, all Colombians from Cali (some currently living in Bogota) who were travelling together and told a little about their lives, travels and interest in Cuidad Perdida. Our guide ... read more
View from the top - Day 1
On the trail
1200 steps!

South America » Colombia » Taganga May 17th 2014

03 mai 2012 : Nous prenons notre petit déjeuner à 7h00. Nous quittons la "Ballera Azul", l'hôtel où nous avons passé la nuit. Nous partons pour le "Parque Tayrona" pour un trekking dans la forêt, avec des montées et des descentes sans arrêt. Un gars nous conseille de prendre un chemin qui nous emmène à Arrecife. Socorro commence à être fatiguée, avec la chaleur et l'humidité ambiante en plus. Rien à voir quand nous arrivons à Arrecife. Impossible de revenir par la plage, à cause des rochers qui descendent directement de la montagne. Il y a même des panneaux avec le nombres de morts qui ont essayés de passer. En fait le gars qui nous avait indiqué ce chemin savait très bien ce qu'il faisait, car arrivé là, le seul moyen de rentrer était soit à ... read more
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South America » Colombia » Taganga May 6th 2013

It's hard to believe we are writing about the last stop of our year-long tour of Latin America! Months ago we skipped over Colombia while heading south from Panama to Ecuador as we needed to get out to the Galapagos in time for our ill-fated cruise. Practically every backpacker we encountered throughout South America said Colombia was hands-down their favorite country and an absolute must see. Heeding others advice we decided to spend the last six weeks of this journey exploring what Colombia has to offer. After our short stint in Rio we hopped on a plane and headed North on a 6-hour flight to Bogotá. Bogotá After passing through customs we took a collectivo (packed mini-bus) to the La Candelaria neighborhood (the historic city center) which we used as our home base for exploring Bogotá. ... read more
Bogotá Bull Ring
Iglesia del Carmen Bogota
Salt Cathedral

South America » Colombia » Taganga December 5th 2012

Taganga and the Lost City We arrived in Taganga last Tuesday. After the stress of the previous week, we were pretty keen to get back into the swing of traveling. As soon as we arrived we asked at the hostel for recommendations for diving and Lost City tours. By that afternoon, we had booked in a double dive for the following day (one of which was a night dive - nothing like it to get back into diving after over 3 years!) and a La Ciudad Perdida tour leaving on the Thursday morning. The diving here is fairly average, the water a bit murky, but we did see a sea turtle on our first dive and some decent bioluminescence on the night dive. Also, the company we went with were awesome. Our dive master went over ... read more
Isabelle & I on the last day
Stumpy!

South America » Colombia » Taganga September 28th 2012

I had only really planned on spending a few days on the Carribean coast of Colombia, but it seems that the Carribean exuded the same hypnotic power over me as it has on countless others. It wasn't until 10 days after arriving that I was able to pull myself away. Despite the humidity and the mosquitos, Colombia's Carribean coast is definitely a special place, and I can say that having only visited two of the towns along the coast; Cartagena and Taganga. The flight from Bogotá to Cartagena on Sunday the 16th was fairly uneventful, although the plane did cruise around on the runway for such a long time before finally jetting off that for a while I started to think we might be driving all the way to the coast rather than flying. Cartagena holds ... read more
Snorkelling by the Rosario Islands
Yummy Lunch at Playa Blanca
Me at Playa Blanca




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