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South America » Colombia » San Andres September 2nd 2016

San ANdres island San Andres Island snorkeling trip with local Colombians Stingray 8 22 16 snorkeling at west view, san andres 8 20 2016 Walking from San Andres Island to Rocky island in 23' round trip Johnny Island Beach: The happiest Beach on Earth 8-19-2016 Cartagena, San Andres Toi dap xuong Cartagena luc 12;30AM khuya ngay 8-19-2106. Toi khong co dat khach san truoc vi toi nghia rang di vao ban dem khuya nhu vay toi se ngu bat cu noi nao gan phi truong nhat . Mac dau the toi da research truoc va dinh o khach san ma toi biet gan phi truoc nhat theo inte... read more
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South America » Colombia » Bogota September 2nd 2016

Bogota , Colombia Bogota, Colombia 8 18 2016 Cano Crystales HD Cano Crystales walk 8 16 16 8-14-2015 Colombia $us=2929 pesos Toi dap xuong phi truong Bogota, Colombia luc 8:30PM. Colombia thuoc Trung My Chau voi dat rong 1,141,000km2 gap hon 3 lan VN voi dan toc la 49 trieu hay bang nua so dan VN. Nhu vay dan song thua thoi hon VN. Moi nguoi kiem duoc khoang $5,000/nam. Tuong duong voi dan VN. Noi tieng Spanish va co 68 thu tieng dia phuong. Spain bat dau cai tri Colombia nam 1499, va duoc doc lap tu Spain nam 1819 roi nhap vaop 2 nuoc Venezuala va Panama de tao thanh Gran Colombia chod en 1830 thi Gran Colombia giai tan. Colombia tro thanh United States Of Colombia nam 1863 de sa... read more
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South America » Colombia September 2nd 2016

Providence Island and Santa Catalina island Santa Catalina Island 8 20 2016 Mountain Peak Hiking, Providencia Island 8 25 2016 8-23-2016 Providencia and Santa Catalina islands Providencia thuoc ve department of San Andres, Procidencia va Santa Catalina. Cach San And res 50km ve phia Bac. Va cach Nicaraqua khoang 90km ve phia dong. Tong so dan so o day khoang 5000 nguoi. Dao Procidencia va Santa Cataloina noi voi nhau bang 100m bridge goi la Lover Bridge. Anh chiem dong dao nay nam 1629 sau do Spain den nam 1941. Pirate Morgan dung Providencia nhu la base de danh Spain. Tren dao nay co loai cua ten la Black Land Crab song tren nui va vao thang 4,5 loai cua nay bo xuong bien de sanh de. Hang nam vao thang 4,5 co khoang 43 trieu ... read more
Santa Catalina Island 8-2016
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South America » Colombia » Bogota July 7th 2016

Quite a few years ago myself and a friend travelled the vast majority of Central and South America independently, with minimal planning and the folly of youth on our side we survived intact and I gave myself much mental back slapping on a job well done. But nagging doubts gnawed away at the back of my mind that I knew one day I had to rectify-I had consciously bottled going to Colombia and Venezuela as I wasn't brave enough. It was too dangerous I convinced myself; a land of drug cartels flooding the streets with cocaine, Pablo Escobar country, ultra right paramilitary groups and FARC kidnapping tourists, a hatred of all Westerners from the Spanish colonisers to the meddling United States and surely even a Brit. Thanks but no thanks, I'll stick to Machu Picchu and ... read more
Barichara-colonial town
Salento
Cartagena

South America » Colombia » Bogota July 1st 2016

From Villa de Leyva I took a 40-minute bus back to Tunja, and then an hour-long collectivo to Sogamoso, which I planned to use as a base for exploring Laguna de Tota, a high altitude lake and the largest natural lake in Colombia. As we approached the town, I was pretty disappointed. I had expected it to look like Tunja - crestled in a valley with plenty of hiking opportunities. I also thought it was right on Lake Tota. Instead, I found an industrial city with factories, eroded hillsides, and awful traffic. I thought about just continuing onto somewhere else but it would be getting dark soon and I had basically already paid for my accommodations. But it grew on me, since the owners at Hostal La Cazihita were so friendly, the city is completely void ... read more
Mapa
Stairs in Sogamoso
Onion Farms

South America » Colombia » Boyacá June 29th 2016

Flying from Medellín to Bogotá took 31 minutes, as opposed to 9 hours by bus. The next morning I took a 3 hour minibus (it should have only been 2; we drove a round Bogotá for an hour trying to find more passengers) to Tunja (which looked like an interesting small city with hiking options in the hills), and then another hour to Villa de Leyva, touted as one of the prettiest towns in Colombia. It certainly is attractive- the well preserved buildings in the town center are so meticulously maintained that I passed several men throughout the day repairing and painting walls that already looked perfectly fine to me. The enormous town square is nice to walk around, though the cobblestone there and throughout the city gets to be a pain to walk on. This ... read more
View from 3600 meters
Iguaque Lake
Paramo Vegetation with View

South America » Colombia » Medellin June 24th 2016

In Salento, some other backpackers enthusiastically recommended getting to the Guatape / Penol region around La Magdelena Gorge, a manmade lake about a two hour bus ride from Medellin. Through Airbnb we reserved a section of a home constructed from four used shipping containers - the building, and basically everything in the place, has been repurposed / recycled. We stopped in Peñol for supplies (it seemed like a nice enough town) and then continued on in a chivero (collective jeep) for a half an hour on bumpy dirt roads, and then by foot for the final kilometer to the house. The place was obviously pretty remote, so the highlight for me was just hiking around the area on dirt roads, chatting with the locals about the trails, and finding new vistas of the lake. The steep ... read more
Container House
Piedra de Marial
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South America » Colombia » Medellin June 21st 2016

The 6-7 hour bus journey from Pereira to Medellin was beautiful but incredibly windy- there wasn't a single straight away until we got to the isolated valley where Medellin sprawls up the steep hillsides in a blend of traditional homes with terra cotta roofs, shelters in the poor barrios built with sheet metal, and high rise apartment buildings. It was difficult to capture it all in a photo from the valley. Medellin, the city of eternal spring (not unlike Pereira), was a comfortable place to spend some time in a city and to use as a base to get to Peñol / Guatape (see othe blog entry). While in some ways it's just as hectic as Cartagena, it's cooler, has a clean and efficient metro, and has very few tourists, except in Poblado- and even there ... read more
In a park in Poblano
Botero plaza
Gambling with Guinea Pigs

South America » Colombia » Quindío » Salento June 19th 2016

The flight from Cartagena to Pereira was only 35$ with the discount airline VivaColombia. After an easy one-hour flight (I snuck through the gate even though my bag was an inch too long; follow their requirements or else there are fees, like RyanAir, etc.) we took a taxi to the bus station and just made the 9:30 AM bus to Salento, a tourist center surrounded by picture-perfect fincas, coffee farms, and the fabulous Valle de Cocora, which boasts the tallest palm trees in the world and is on the edge of Los Nevados National Park and contains trails that lead into the paramo. Finca La Serrana- Eco Hostel The reviews of this place on Hostelworld are hyperbolic (a slice of heaven, the most beautiful place in the world), but they're pretty difficult to argue with. If ... read more
Adjacent Finca
Adjacent Finca
Peggy and I in the palms

South America » Colombia » Cartagena June 12th 2016

Cartagena was my first stop in my 2016 summer trip. The only worthy read in this section is the section titled "The Long Way to Baru"; the rest is just my amateur travel reviews. Like I've done with other "14 Places You Need to Visit Now" travel destinations, I visited Cartagena 10 years too late. While the city is still worth a day or two, and while the walled city has been impressively well maintained, the tourist hordes have gotten a hold of this information as well. There are hundreds of worthy restaurants and plenty of picturesque streets, but gentrification has eliminated most of the Colombian ambience, especially in the tourist center. The nearby beaches would be a perfect escape from the stifling heat (index of 44/111 when I was there), but they're just not that ... read more
1982 Renault... Stopping for Gas
Alley in Getsameni
Colonial Buildings in Cartagena




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