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Jul 13, 2007 - Santa Marta, Taganga and Parque Nacional Tayrona

Saturday 14th July Arrived in extremely hot Santa Marta midday and jumped off the bus into an oven. Found lugging my pack around the streets extremely difficult in the humidity and given that I couldnt' seem to work out the minibus system, I mean surely a good system would be a circuit, but clearly not...I seemed to be doing a lot of walking! Eventually got some money and jumped straight back on a bus to Taganga which I had heard was the best for beaches. Felt a bit of a wally staggering along in the sand in my trousers and trainers passed...

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Mar 30, 2007 - Parque Nacional Tayrona, Colombia.

Trekking just doesn't get any better than this! Parque Nacional Tayrona is situated on the Colombia's Caribbean coastline and is a perfect mix of deserted pristine white sandy beaches and lush jungle. The Park is easily reached from Santa Marta, either by taxi or local bus... the latter giving a much better feel for the 'real' Colombia and much more entertaining! We found the bus in the middle of a hot and steamy bustling market! Why leave from the market? The road to Tayrona is lined with country houses and farms and the distinctive...

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Mar 27, 2007 - Santa Marta & Taganga, Colombia.

We had planned to cross into Colombia via the San Cristóbal - Cucuta border crossing, but having heard a few reports of possible insurgent guerrilla activity along the route, we swiftly changed our minds! Instead, we travelled up to the northwest corner of Venezuela to Maracaibo, the oil capital of the country and the source of much of the country's money. From there, we got another bus to Maicao on the Colombian border. After going through slightly more nerve-wracking than normal passport formalities (read on!), the same bus took us all...

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Nov 1, 2006 - Lost City

Ciudat Perdida- Lost City Endlich ist es so weit. Am morgen starten wir zu einem 6- taegigen Trekking-Trip zur Lost City mitten im Urwald. Da wir unser Gebaeck selber tragen muessen hat jeder nur ein minimum mit. Gleich am ersten Tag erleben wir einen fuerchterlichen Wolkenbruch und es geht 4 Stunden lang durch knoecheltiefen Schlamm. Als wir unser erstes Nachtlager erreichen fallen wir wie tot in unsere Haengematten. Am zweiten Tag geht alles schon viel besser und endlich kann ich auch den Urwald richtig geniessen. Es ist wie im Maerchen....

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Patrick on the road

Oct 27, 2006 - Beach

Taganga Kolumbiens Karibikkueste hat einiges zu bieten. Schoene Straende, relaxte Citys und Urwald. Ich stoppe fuer ein paar Tage in Taganga, einem kleinen Fischerdorf. Am Wochenende ist der Ort ueberfuellt mit Locals aus dem nahegelegenen Santa Marta. Aber unter der Woche kann man die Straende fast allein geniessen

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Patrick on the road

Aug 27, 2006 - Parque National Tayrona

We are back from a 4-day-trip to Paradies. The Tayrona National Park is for sure one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. We spend 3 nights there, sleeping in Hamocs under the stars. The beach is fantastic, the water so incrediable clear and the seeting just fantastic. To get to that little place out of heaven, called Arrecife, you have to walk about 7km through the jungle, which apart from all the sweating in 30 degrees is definately worth it. We lost quite some kilos and also spend a wonderful time there. I wil ltry to put up...

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May 14, 2006 - SANTA MARTA - TAGANGA - TAYRONA NATIONALPARK - Colombia

Hier kommt die Zwischenberichterstattung aus Kolumbien. Das hin- und mitreissende Land voller landschaftlicher, menschlicher und sozialer Gegensaetze hat mich mit all seinen Facetten gepackt, ich will mehr, mehr sehen, mehr erleben, mitleben. Von vielen gefuerchtet, jedoch als Must fuer jeden Backpacker gehandelt, wird Kolumbien in jeder Hinsicht dem gerecht, was es verspricht. Ich bin ueberwaeltigt von der ehrlichen Hilfsbereitschaft, Freundlichkeit und Kollegialitaet, noch nirgends in ganz Suedamerika bin ich auf so offenherzige und...

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KARIN GOES FAR

Jan 3, 2006 - New Year!

Welcome to the New Year! Taylor and I thought about how lucky we are to have people like you in our lives! Thanks! We spent the last 5 days in Taganga, a small fishing village. It was a beautiful beach town, that actually became quite busy over the holiday week. Filled with happy colombians, playing bad spanish dance music and eating fried fish with rice and salad for every meal...how do they do it? We found a great little bungalow with hammocks to stay in. It was right on the beach, which made it even better. And a fresh fruit juice stand...

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LA VIDA LOCO

Dec 2, 2005 - Columbia

I made it to columbia with minimun hassle. I spent the first day in an old historic town, in fact the oldest post columubus settlement in the country, interseting historic buildings, obviously quite spanish, very safe at nicght with a coll breeze perfect for strolling the town. Thought, of course, I got rather lost and spend a good half hour backtracking round in circles looking for my hostel. Then next day I heading to a little fishing village (is a theme forming here) called Taganga. It's on the carribean coast and quite beautiful...

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Helen's travels

Oct 27, 2005 - Parque Tayrona y La Ciudad Perdida

From Santa Marta I (brandon) went on a little two day solo mission to a beautiful national park called tayrona. As soon as I entered the jungle i began to see wildlife such as monkeys and giant monitor lizards. I hiked with a cool couple along the way, the guy was from venezuela and the girl bolivia. The views were breathtaking and the ocean was the stereotypical caribean jungle that you seen in post cards. I rented a hammock and slept in a refuge called el cabo. At night i was presented with a beautiful lightning show and fish swimming...

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Whe're in America

Sep 26, 2005 - Country Roads Take Me Home

The road from the Caribbean coast is both long and hot. From Taganga, I detoured back through Cartagena to the interior of Magdalena - nine hours in travel time - to reach the tiny town of Mompos. Mompos is well off the tourist track, and not easy to reach. Bridges are few and far between so part of the journey involves a river crossing. This is the Colombian bayou, a swampy area of marshes, flood plains, sweltering heat and mosquitoes with attitude. Mompos itself was once a prosperous river town, as the Spaniards used it as a staging...

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Sep 19, 2005 - Fruit Juice and Fisticuffs

From Providencia, I caught a flight back to San Andrés island, and then onto Cartagena where I spent five glorious days basking in the glow of that splendid colonial city. The beauty of Cartagena's old city was in marked contrast to my next stop, Barranquilla, a sprawling industrial city a couple of hours to the east by bus. But moving further along the coast, I eventually reached Santa Marta, the quaint old city where Simon Bolívar spent his last days, and then Taganga, a nearby fishing village. Taganga is your archetypal Caribbean town....

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