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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 18, 2009 - Parque Tayrona: Hike to Chairama Pueblito

We woke up to clouds today. Rather sad since we wanted to get in a bit more sunshine before leaving the park but also good since it made us less sad to leave and to return to the comforts of warmth and a bed at night. We did the hour hike up to the old Tayrona ruins of El Pueblo where a few Koggi Indian families still living. The hike was rather gruelling as we had to navigate around giant stones the whole way up. The pueblo was nice but nothing spectacular. Its not entirely excavated and much no longer remains to it is hard to see what an...

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Apr 17, 2009 - Parque Tayrona: Beaches and the Piscina

Another beautiful day!!! We were up for breakfast and then did the 15 minute hike over to the Piscina, a natural pool in the ocean with giant Seychelles-like rocks to climb. It was heaven. Later on, we headed back for a late lunch and a bit of beach. It was another really calm night hanging with some beers and our friends. I was freezing again though less so since I decided to put on every last article of clothing I had brought with me so no part of my body was vulnerable to the wind.

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Apr 16, 2009 - Parque Tayrona: Death Boat Ride to Heaven

I had read that the boat ride to Tayrona Park could be rough. I never thought it could be THAT rough. WOW was I mistaken. We spent the first part of the trip trying to outrun the Coast Guard (I guess we were overloaded in violation of the Colombian rules ) and had to spent an hour hiding out on some beach tucked behind a cove. We then silently made our way across the bay to escape the Coast Guard. We were happy to be back on our way to the Park but OMIGOD, the waves were SOOOO big and huge and sitting in the front, the three of us got the...

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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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Apr 13, 2009 - The road to Taganga: DIVANGA!

Well we headed out early this morning to catch our final glimpses of Mompos and take our pictures. We had a quick lunch at Dely Bross one last time and then hopped aboard our sweaty, yucky van to Taganga. This was NOT Tito-style. We were seated in the back which some grouchy old couple backing their seats into our legs, while the AC was pittifully low so we continued to sweat like dogs. The spare driver kept putting the AC vents towards him until we had to ask him twice to NOT do that and point them in a straight direction so that everyone,...

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Apr 12, 2009 - Mompos: Easter Sunday mass, processions, river ride

Today we woke up to Easter Sunday. Awwww, no easter egg hunt of bunny for me! Marianna said she was obliged to go to Easter Mass in the morning for fear that her mother would kill her, so all three of us dressed up in our Sunday best and headed to the Church adjacent to our hostal. It was the liveliest mass I ever saw! The priests were singing pop-like songs, clapping their hands and encouraging everyone to sing along. The interlude music was also rather jumpy and fun for Mass. But hey, we enjoyed it! After the hour long mass, the...

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Apr 11, 2009 - Mompos

Well we managed to get a bit of sleep and then woke up just in time to pack up, kiss Cartagena goodbye and pile into our new friend Tito's 4X4 truck. We had hired Tito to take us to Mompos instead of having to brave hours on a bus/boat/mototaxi. We had lovely AC and plenty of room and all took turns napping through the scenery as it changed from desert-like coastal to cattle-filled plains and steamy jungle and backwater rivers. It was a good 6 hours and the sun was just setting as we arrived at the Casa Amarilla, run by a friendly, young...

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Mar 19, 2009 - Tayrona National Park

Enter my favourite part of Colombia.. Fortunately for me the antibiodics is so freeking good and by about 10 or 11am I was feeling almost as good as new. And I needed to be for this day. We left the hostel at 6am to get to the start of the trail that would take us to wheere we would sleep that night. So we get there, eat breakfast andstart the hike that lasted around 7 hours... thankkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk gooooddness I was feeling a lot better1!!!!! The first part was pretty easy walking just that it was up hill and I felt weak i´m...

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Mar 16, 2009 - Santa Marta

Okay this wll be short one as I was still feeeling terrible this day, relly bad stomach cramps. The highlight of santa marta was definatey the fruit selles on the street and peple selling coffee on the sreet, unfrtunately I was too sick to try anything which was annoying. When the cramping got so bad I decided I had to force myself to eat ven though I really didn´t feel like it, We entered the supermarket and I bought a loaf of bread and ham and ate inside the complex on a chair. An older lady sat next t me and ws lughing at me about eating...

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Mar 10, 2009 - From Coro to Tanganga - Venezuela to Colombia

Okay okay oh boy here we go this is a good story one for the books one to be remembered and certainly one that i´m glad has coem to an end... After a Cervaza at Casa Tun Tun in Coro at around 11pm at night I retire to bed awaiting a 5:30am wake up call and a very long day of travelling - the longest hardest day as Marcello our tour guide put it. I shower and crawl into bed, but have that wide awake feeling you know you get when you know you need your sleep. Then it started... A little naeusea was first but I just brushed it off as being...

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