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Jan 25, 2008 - Back to Santa Marta and diving

Santa marta is a lovely beach town and felt very relaxed after Venezuela! We spent most of our time here relaxing, wandering around the market, and drinking mora y banano (raspberry and banana) juices that are delicious! Santa Marta is also known for its very cheap diving, so we organised a trip to Isla Morro and a nearby place where there is a wreck. The dive boat was a bit basic(!) and the crew was different: there were two boys helping their dad, and our guide. The diving was great tho: stunning corals, great visibility, and an...

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Jan 22, 2008 - Wonderful Arrecifes

We decided to take the tourist bus to Tayrona national park - we figured it would be quicker and less hassle... until we saw the 'bus' which turned out to be a 30 year old taxi car that drove at a maximum of 20km/h and stopped every ten minutes for oil(!). Two hours later (a 35km journey!!) we got to the entrance and started our walk through the forest trail to Arrecifes. We decided to stay at the campsite on Arrecifes beach (after visiting a few!): it was relatively cheap, and we could string our hammocks where we could see the sea. After...

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Jan 22, 2008 - Finding the Lost City and Cocaine Factory

After some beaches in northern Colombia, Rachel and I were ready for some trekking. Years ago I read a great National Geographic article about the Indians of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, mountains in the northern part of the country, and now I was in position to visit the area. So we signed up for a six day trek to the famous "Ciudad Perdida", or Lost City, in the exact same area as the NG article. Well, to make a long story short, we found the Lost City. We had a fun group ranging from young potheads to an elderly American woman. The...

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Jan 21, 2008 - Goodbye Venezuela, hello friendly Colombia!

The border crossing between Venezuela and Colombia was much easier than expected, because a nice man that we shared a por puesto with walked us through the whole process (thank you, thank you, thank you!!). So far, Colombia seems very like Venezuela, except that it's cleaner, hotter, and much friendlier! We are in Santa Marta which is lovely and plan to visit the Parque National Tayrona tomorrow where we have read in the 'Gringo Trail' and been told Arrecifes is a lovely beach.

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Jan 4, 2008 - Taganga -the fishing village

We left lovely city of cartagena to Santa Marta and then to the samll fishing village of Taganga. Taganga is the gateway point to the Tayrona National Park. After spending couple of days in Tanganga we headed in to the Tayrona National Park. Tayrona is home to some fine-hidden beaches that foriegners are yet to discover. by the time we finish the exhosting hike there were hundreds if not thousands locals camp inside the jungle. overnight stay was pretty harsh considering the fact that very limited facility needed to be shared by large...

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Oct 17, 2007 - Tyrona National Park and Taganga

Sooooo, After a weeks worth of trecking, what better way than to head off to a national park on the beach and chill out for a few days by the beach and sleeping in hammocks. From there met up with a few old friends (at least in backpacker circles anyway) for some party in Taganga and some scuba diving as well ahhhhh

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Jul 24, 2007 - Parque Tayrona - The nicest most relaxed beaches in Colombia

Didn't waste anytime in getting back to trekking so headed into Parque Nacional Tayrona - The Tayrona Indians where the ancient civilization that also built the Lost City, though why they abandoned this beautiful beachside paradise for the jungles and hills is beyond me. The National park is about an hours bus ride from Santa Marta and consists of several beaches, some with camping and cabañas to stop at. All are linked by one very easy to follow path that goes through the jungle and along the beaches. Being expert campers now, Tamara and I...

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Jul 22, 2007 - Salamina, the real Columbia

I had been asking around for information regarding some of the small towns surrounding Manizales, and the name Salamina kept coming up. It was a 2 hour ride through the mountains, and not many foreigners ever visited the place. That sounded perfect to us. The bus ride was beautiful, and town proved to be everything we had hoped. The people of the region, referred to as paisanos, are considered the "cowboys" of the country. A little independent and never completely fitting into the mainstream of the rest of Colombia. We found these people,...

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Jul 22, 2007 - Taganga: Mission accomplished, time to relax by the beach

Forget water, I need a smoothie!! Having got back from the Lost City trek a day early, made no hesitation in heading back to civilization in search of a smoothie, a shower, some food (lots of it), a proper bed and laundry (everything was caked in mud and soaking wet) - all in that order of preference I might add. This materialized as a few days at the beach in Taganga neighbouring Santa Marta which can seriously be mistaken for a mini Tel Aviv as all signs and menus were written in Hebrew as well as Spanish and thus was a favourite hang out...

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Jul 18, 2007 - Cuidad Perdida: In search of The Lost City

Next stop is Santa Marta from where I join a 6 day trip trekking through the forests to La Cuidad Perdida (The Lost City). Being the helpful chap that I am I decide to lend my considerable trekking skill and talents to the local Colombians to help them find a lost national treasure, La Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City). The story goes that in 1976 some grave-robbers stumbled upon this ancient ruined city whilst plying their trade in the jungles around Santa Marta hence the name kind of stuck having been lost for all this time. The site is now...

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Jul 13, 2007 - Santa Marta and Taganga

After the 12 hour bus ride to Santa Marta, we were happy to find the nice Casa Familiar Hotel. The first room they showed us was a little rough, but then they showed us "the penthouse" which was the roof with it's own room and garden all to ourselves. The next day we headed out to see a beach. The first beach was Playa Roderera, and it was pure hell. We stayed about 15 minutes, then headed out to the small town of Taganga for the day. At first glance, it didn't look like much. It was a Sunday and all the locals come out to the beaches, so...

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Jul 13, 2007 - Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park is a protected jungle area along the coast of Colombia. It's only about 45 minutes from Santa Marta, but the 45 minute walk through the jungle to reach the beaches keep it relatively isolated. Many people stay for days in this bohemian paradise, but the accommodations scared us a little with Annika. It is either crazy expensive, or hammocks, tents, and potties that even scared me (and I'll crap just about anywhere). Just a little too rough for a 3 year old, and the place is famous for the mosquitoes at night. A day...

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