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Apr 2, 2011 - Taganga (2), Colombia

April 2, 2011 Last year at this time I was in El Fuerte, Mexico with Adam. My how things have changed. When we were in El Fuerte both of us got bit bad by noseeums around our calf’s and ankles. I was fine but Adam’s ankles swelled up huge. And I mean HUGE. He went to the hospital and they gave him some pills. They didn’t work. He went back the next day and they gave him a shot and he was fine. Well now it’s my turn. My ankles have become swollen. Not as bad as Adam’s but it’s hard to make out my ankle bones and I am having trouble...

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Mar 23, 2011 - Taganga - Colombia

March 23, 2011 I left Curumani at 8:15 and arrived in Taganga around 2:30. With four stops. Officially. There were a lot more in Santa Martha to ask for directions but who’s counting. 275km’s. The road was good until I got closer to Santa Martha then it got think with traffic. I thought Taganga was a suburb of Santa Martha but it’s actually quite a ways out. I went to Casa de Felipe as per the Brits instructions and it was full so I went down the street to a German run place. I am not sure the name. I have a private room with A/C but no...

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Jan 8, 2010 - Santa Marta, Taganga, Tayrona

Le premier effet de la côte caraïbe a été la rencontre avec un chauffeur de buseta qui voulait nous faire payer cinq places car on avait les gros sacs (il faut dire qu’ils ont des tailles d’humains). Mais le ton n’était pas très agréable… On a réussi à ne payer que le prix normal. Petite sopa pour tout le monde au petit déj, avant d’avoir le deuxième effet de la côte. N’ayant pas de précisions sur le fonctionnement du Parque Tayrona, nous avions décidé de réserver la veille par téléphone auprès d’Aviatur, l’agence de tourisme principale de...

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Dec 30, 2009 - Taganga (Colombia)

The border crossing from Venezuela to Colombia was manic. There was a huge presence of military and police but no order at all. It was a relief to finally arrive in Taganga but a hassle trying to find accommodation late at night on the day before new years eve. But we eventually managed it. I went for my first ever swim in the caribbean on new years eve and saw in the new year on the beach with a mix of locals and travellers. It wasn`t the typical local new years eve celebration that I had hoped to experience, but then I did choose a very...

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Nov 26, 2009 - Taganga

After a 4hr bus ride to the city of Santa Marta, we took a short cab ride to the village of Taganga. Taganga is a quiet fishing village on a small bay on the Caribbean and is filled with hostels for backpackers. This is in comparison to Santa Marta which is the main vacation spot for Colombians and is full of giant resorts. We spent a couple of days lounging around at the beach drinking beers and fresh watermelon juice. We then decided that we should book a tour to Ciudad Perdida (Lost City). This is the ruins of a city built by the Tairona...

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Jul 20, 2009 - leaving for Madrid

It was another long day. We were up at 6:30 to get ready to catch the taxi to the Santa Marta airport for our flight to Bogota. Upon check in the clerk asked us if we had a ticket for Canada booked from Madrid. Of course we don’t have a ticket booked to Canada it is not time to go there yet. We were told it was company policy and you needed a return or forwarding ticket. Oops, this could prove a bit of a problem. The lady told us to check with the airline when we get to Bogota. Upon arrival in Bogota we could not get any information because...

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Jul 17, 2009 - Last day and return to Taganga

Another day at the beach, what a rough life! Eat, drink, read. We spent most of our time at the unnamed beach just a short walk, yes an actually walk, past Cabo San Juan. It was quieter. It was here that Elaine contemplated a perfect job. Beach Evaluator. That is a profession that is seriously understaffed. Cory and Elaine did not feel that overall Parque Tayrona deserved the number two spot. Beach is usually indicative of water, which people like to go in. After spending days watching people get tossed around like rag dolls as they...

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Jul 9, 2009 - Day to Day routine

Well it turned out to be a very good thing that Cory and Elaine had their own bathroom as Elaine was having some Pepto Bismal moments, choosing the diarrea option. The wonderful beef must have been too rich for her system. Cory decided to return to Santa Marta because he had forgotten to pick something up yesterday. Elaine chose to stay close to home, relaxing in the hammock reading her book and getting her exercise by running back and forth to the bathroom. Cory returned and was very excited, it didn’t take Elaine and I long to join in...

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Jul 8, 2009 - Suite and Shopping in Santa Marta

Well it turned out that our wait for our room was much longer than we had anticipated. Two hours became three became four, only to discover that they had a problem with the toilet and were not able to fix it today. This meant going back to our previous room in the hopes that it would be available tomorrow. Elaine and Cory were sitting with a Welsh fellow named Alex, when the idea came to them, why not take the suite and use the shared bathroom. Alex who is fluent in Spanish put this suggestion to the girl on the front desk and she agreed it...

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Jul 6, 2009 - Taganga and La Case del Felippe

It was another short nights sleep before the alarm went at 6:00 a.m. Cory and Elaine showered and packed up the bags. We were ready at 6:50 and figured we had enough time to grab a quick bite before the shuttle. Unfortunately nothing was open yet, and at 7:00 a.m. precisely, the shuttle arrived. We were the first passengers, and by the time everyone was picked up it was 8:00 a.m and the reason for the early readiness became clear. When the shuttle stopped for gas we were able to grab a quick bite and a drink, which sustained us for the 4 ½...

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Apr 15, 2009 - Taganga: Fishing local-style

At 7 am, we were down at the waterfront crawling into Capi's boat and setting out to our fishing destination. They handed us hand-lines while we made our way and Mar managed to catch a big tuna fish! At our destination, we enjoyed the sun and water and I caught a little snapper. Mar caught more herself but Capi ended up doing a lot of the fishing. By 10 we were back up to the hotel for a morning dip and breakfast with tons of our fresh-caught fish which we planned on eating that night. We decided to head back to Playa Grande for the rest of...

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Apr 14, 2009 - Taganga: Playa Grande

I was the first one to roll out of bed this morning and wander out onto the patio in my pjs to enjoy the views of the town and the blue bay of Caribbean waters. We enjoyed our included breakfast, took a dip in the pool, stocked up on water, beer and snacks and headed over the mountain through a cactus-filled desert-like mound before heading down to Playa Grande 15 minutes away. Cristal clear blue-green waters, refreshing and cool. We enjoyed every minute of it. Taganga was the best! We met a fisherman named Capi and made arrangements to go...

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