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Sep 9, 2005 - Ciudad Perdida - COKE MAKING 101

A lot of blood, from the friendly mosquitos and the scrapes and bruises of knocking into tree branches and some rocks; tons of sweat with the heat and climbing and the humidity and God Damnit was sweaty good; not any tears this time, maybe close on a few of the climbs but not so much and a few close after the fact when the desire to scratch the hell outta of mozy bites (that's british for mosquito bite, I was informed that I waste a good two syllables per exhausting time I used mosquito, understandable life is short and we don't want to...

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Sep 4, 2005 - Parque Tayrona

As you can see by the pictures the dorm in Santa Marta is not much, it's freaking hot and humid, worse than Cartagena. The hostel which I was informed by the New Orleans half owner is the oldest hostel in South America and if you walk through the places it isn't hard to imagine, it looking like they haven't done any repairs since it first opened, a nozzle of the shower wouldn't cost that much I would imagine, walls are kinda crumbling, but what the hell right they are selling you the oldest hostel feel I guess. Nathaniel the half owner is a...

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Jul 7, 2005 - Colombia - Ciudad Perdida (day 3/4)

...Still we are with a great gang of fellow travellers and have excellent guides and the final goal ...the Lost City proves to be a very magical place, well worth the trek and set in the most amazing scenery. However the 1,280 steps at the final ascent is a bit of a killer! Along the way we were privledged and humbled to witness the incredibly primitive, yet proud lifestyle of the indigenous Tayrona Indians. It is also hard to reconcile in such a peaceful place that less than two years ago, a group were taken hostage from the very place we...

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Jul 4, 2005 - Colombia - Santa Marta

We return once again to Santa Marta, in readiness for our Lost City trek. We arrive in time for the Fiesta del Mar, which appears to be an excuse for a good drink up and a chance to say a fond farewell to Jacki our fellow traveller for the last month. We wish her well for her onward travels to New Zealand and Aus and hope that when she gets to Africa ... the Kumuka trucks are a little bit more reliable than Kinda!

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Jul 1, 2005 - Colombia - Taganga

A couple of days chillin' out in this tiny beachy, fishing village and staying at the fantastic Casa de Felipe - drinking caiparinhas, eating tasty fish and frequenting the "Blender Boys" Juice Bar. I think we have now tried just about every juice going - lulo, maracuya, nispero, tomato de arbol, zapote, mora, guanabana....and the winner is.... maracuya (passionfruit)! The juices come in jugs and are under a dollar a go!

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Mar 12, 2005 - Colombia: Parque Tayrona

About 85km away from Taganga and not far away from the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta where we'd been just a few days before, is a stunning and beautiful expanse of jungle that grows right up to the beautiful white sand, palm fringed beaches called Tayrona national park. Once through the main gates, you can catch a ride with a pick up that will take you to the main path that leads you through the jungle and onto a beautiful beach. We were planning to spend a few days there so we did a huge shop and took loads of food and water, needing to...

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Mar 5, 2005 - Colombia: Trek to the Lost City (Cuidad Perdida)

Cuidad Perdida was discovered only as recently as 1972 (by looters unfortunately) and was the most important centre for the Tayrona culture . The looters called the Lost City the "Green Hell," as it was so hot, there were 1000's of mosquitoes, and it was a nightmare to get to. Gold and ceramic items began to appear on the black market, and Ciudad Perdida, or the "Lost City," became known as such in 1975. Cuidad Perdida is at the northern part of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta where mountains rise from the coast to a height of 5,800m in...

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Feb 20, 2005 - Colombia: Taganga

Taganga is a small fishing village set in a lovely bay and there's nothing to much to do here at all apart from sunbath on the beach or lie in a hammock! The place is really known for it's cheap and excellent diving opportunities and there are many dive shops and course on offer when you get there. All of us from the boat trip (apart from one guy) carried on travelling together (me, Marcus, Shantell, Andreas, Tui and Nicole) and we stayed in a great place right on the beach called Casa Blanca (phone +57 5 4219232 around 15,000 pesos per...

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Aug 12, 2004 - Taganga

The four hour bus from cartagena was pretty all along the way with the scenery changing constantly from mountains to lakes to rivers to plains. Thhe diversity of this area is quite phenomenal. Taganga is just a little fishing village near Santa Marta but it has a great atmosphere and is an excellent place to chill out for a while or take a diving course. Naturally this is what I did for several days. The diving was different from where I have dived before, but different doesn`t mean worse or better, it simply means there were fish and...

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