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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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Mar 7, 2011 - Colombia: Cartagena, Santa Marta, Lost City & Taganga

CARTAGENA We arrived in Cartagena, hot, tired and hungry after spending the night on the Bogota Airport floor. Immediately hit by the hot air of the Caribbean we were thrown when we saw how much chaos and traffic there was- as we had expected Cartagena to be small and colonial like our Antigua experience. This was our first welcome to South America and realisation that things wouldn’t be that similar after all! After a good nap the hostel we headed into the old part of the city, feeling dubious and unsure that Cartagena is all it is cracked...

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Jul 23, 2010 - Playa Blanca/ Isla del Rosario

I'm scared of water and yet I found myself very curious about scuba diving. Mag has been trying to get me to try it for years and I have always flatly refused. However this time, tempted by the crystal clear Caribbean waters, I found myself saying yes. I was terrified as I squeazed my face into my mask and somewhat confused by how to put the snorkel in my mouth and how on earth that plastic tube was supposed to help me breath. But eventually I got the hang of it. We saw very little during our snorkeling excursion as the visibility was bad,...

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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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Jan 7, 2010 - Cartagena

I arrived in Cartagena late at night, desperately in need of a wash and some sleep. I struggled again finding a hostel with a vacancy and ended up taking one right at the bottom end of the market. It was by far the dirtiest room I had stayed in. There were lots of suspicious looking stains on my sheets. I used a t`shirt as a pillow case and didn`t move all night for fear of a part of my body coming free from my sleeping bag (which I had cocooned myself in) and touching the sheets. I moved to a new hostel the next day and then explored the...

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Jan 3, 2010 - The Lost City

I arranged an excursion to Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City) from Taganga. This is a 3 day trek through the jungle to a hidden city that is believed to date back to the 11th century. The jungle is so vast and the city is so well hidden that it wasn`t discovered until the 1970`s. It was discovered by treasure hunters/grave robbers who kept it a secret for a few years whilst they stole all the gold from it that was left after the Tayrona people fled when the Spanish invaded. The conditions of the trek were quite tough in that it was really hot...

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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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Oct 12, 2009 - Parque Nacional de Tayrona--aka Paradise

After our relaxing night on the beach of Rodadero we headed back to the hostel, took naps, and headed out on a CHIVA (basically a party bus) that the hostel organizes every week. Its a huge open-aired bus with rows of seats, decorated with gaudy tassels and electric colors, a booming sound system, and of course plenty of ron y coca cola. There were several groups of friends parents in town, so they got a front row seat of what a typical saturday night of travellers debauchery looks like. Dancing on a moving bus after three or four cuba...

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Oct 10, 2009 - broken down boats and druglord mansions

A long haul overnight bus from San Gil brought us to Santa Marta, on the northern coast, by early morning a few days ago. It was already sweltering hot at 8am so after checking into our hostel, La Brisa Loca, we went straight into the sea. Water is like a warm bath, barely even refreshing but definitely better than nothing. The beaches right here in the city arent very nice, but its only a short bus ride or boat ride away to many beautiful places. Yesterday one of the hostel employees took us all out on a boat ride out of nearby Tagagna to...

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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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