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Mar 8, 2020 - Day 36

The taxi showed up at 7:30am. Zaida (grandma) and I got in. After 25 minutes we arrived the small-town Cameron. After dropping Zaida off to a house, the taxi took me another few kilometer to the house of the indigenous guide Gorge. He was not home but his sister was. While waiting I looked around and found a few species. A young man came and shook hands with me. He looked just like a farmer in China: small in size (a bit taller than me), black hair, brown skin and has a totally Asian face. I showed him a photo of a Scarlet Ibis and asked...

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Mar 7, 2020 - Day 35

The sons of the housekeeper helped me with luggage to the main road. We waited a while and I boarded a bus passing by that was heading to Riohacha. I sit by an indigenous woman who wear a black simple dress with embodied front with butterflies, leaves, trees and sun. We started to talk. She said she is an Wayu and was returning home near Riohacha from Santa Marta. She makes the famous Wayu mochita (bag) and bring to Santa Marta to sell. Her daughter is 23 and is at Santa Marta. She sells the bag and goes to a school to learn English. I...

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Mar 6, 2020 - Day 34

The breakfast was served at 7:00am. I still felt a bit nausea and did not want to eat much. The park nearby opens at 8:00am. When I got there, there was a long line. The park closes several times of the year per local indigenous people’s request who live inside the park. It just opened the door after closing for the entire February. There is a different price for foreigner versus Colombians. After entry most visitors opt to take the park shuttle to get to where the trail starts or horse ride could begin. I started on the 9 stone trail....

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Apr 21, 2014 - Maracaibo, Venezuela to Riohacha, Colombia

Monday 21st April 2014 El Jaguey, Venezuela to Riohacha, Colombia Had breakfast in the hotel early and then we drove back to the main road and then headed for the Colombian/Venezuelan border about 180km away. The day was hot – this is the hottest part of Latin America – as we headed towards the city of Maracaibo which is reached over a 5km bridge across the neck of the lake (Lake Maracaibo). We had lunch under a shelter on the side of the main road. After Maracaibo, a very large city, out towards the border the houses became very basic...

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Feb 21, 2013 - La Guajira

Nous voici maintenant à La Guajira avec Touki, une province désertique au Nord du pays qui s'étend entre la Colombie et le Vénézuela et qui est habitée par les indigènes Wayuu. Il s'agit de la population indigène la plus importante de Colombie, car c'est eux qui ont le mieux résisté aux cours des siècles. Nathalie et Ricardo de passage en Colombie, avaient par hasard prévu de visiter la Guajira aux mêmes dates que nous. Nous avons donc décidé de nous retrouver à Riohacha, la capitale de la Guajira et de passer quelques jours ensemble....

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Mar 27, 2011 - Cabo de la Vela - Colombia

March 26, 2011 I drove from Taganga to Riohacha yesterday. It was a nice drive – not too hot not too cold. I arrived around 12:00 or so. It’s a dead town nothing going on. Well a little bit of bull shit but not much I have never been through so many police and military check points in such a small stretch of road as I have between Taganga to Riohacha in all my life. We are 150km’s from the Venezuelan border. This part of the world is run by contraband smuggling and drug running. I only got stopped once. They didn’t even ask to see my...

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Mar 19, 2008 - Crossing the border to Venezuela

Originally, we were planning to stay in Santa Marta for snorkeling and swimming either one or two days more, then find buses to Venezula Friday, or Sat. However, we found out that literally, most of South America shuts down for Easter, especially good Friday. Even the supermarkets are closed. Good Friday is a special day. We had to make a decision: either stay in Colombia until buses resumes Monday, which will delay our schedule, or pack up right away and take a night bus leaving Wed noon. It would be hard and risky to do three to four...

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Jul 18, 2007 - Ciudad Perdida - The Lost City Trek in the Sierra Nevada

Wednesday 18th July We headed out of Santa Marta on a 4x4s with a group of around 30 people, much bigger than usual. We left the main road and spent over an hour on a rough track, just a little taster of what was in store. After lunch we headed off with our porters and guides Omar and Robinson into the hills in the sweltering heat. I was struggling very quickly (uphill at altitude doesn't suit me, neither does uphill in humidity it would seem!) and luckly we stopped at a water tap after an hour as my 2 litre bottle was soon empty. It was...

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Jun 28, 2005 - Colombia - Parque Tayrona

This incredibly beautiful national park is set on the jungle covered coast at the foot of Colombia's highest mountain - the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, which is also the world's highest coastal mountain range. The beaches are said to be amongst the lovliest and most picturesque on Colombia's coast. White sand, tall coconut palms...archetypal scenery. The inaccessibilty to the park and the fact that you have to walk several kilometres through humid jungle is sufficient to keep the crowds at bay. What is also very different are the flecks...

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