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Feb 26, 2019 - Santa Marta

Rustig dagje vandaag met weinig op het programma. Gelukkig doet de wifi het goed in dit hotel. Tenzij de stroom uitvalt en dat gebeurt regelmatig. Beetje wat werken vanmorgen. We hebben laptop en printer/scanner mee. En tijd om deze blog bij te werken. Meestal doe ik dat op mijn mobiel in de bus en sla de tekst op die ik later dan in een wifi omgeving kan inplakken. We krijgen hier weinig mee van het grensconflict met Venezuela. Wat we wel zien is veel vluchtelingen uit dat land die van alles doen om te overleven. Ze doen de gekste acts bij...

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Jan 22, 2017 - Colombia – Santa Marta & home

January 22 – 29 A whole week of absolute relaxation, dips in the pool, suntanning, and reading. Now this is what vacations are for, just ‘being’. After all we are human beings, not human doings!𯘂𯘂 I didn’t do a daily blog as the routine didn’t vary much each day. Breakfast either downstairs or on our beautiful balcony, sun worshipping and swimming in the pool and happy hours & dinners on the balcony. Absolute heaven! We did venture one day to the city of Santa Marta (about 500,000 people) which is the oldest city in Colombia, founded in...

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Jan 18, 2017 - Colombia – Bello Horizonte, Santa Marta

January 18 Up early and looking forward to our trip to Santa Marta. We had a coffee downstairs and Skyped with Fero’s brother, Lubo & Elena, while we waited for the MarSol shuttle to pick us up. The puerta a puerta (door to door) service is excellent and not much more than taking a regular bus – safer too! The MarSol van showed right on time at 10:00am and was already full, Fero had a single seat to himself and I rode in the front with the driver. A choice seat, you say, well………..it was roomy up there but I then had a front & centre view of...

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Apr 29, 2016 - Tayrona Park and Crystal Beach

Today was the best day of the trip. We took a small bus to Tayrona Park and to Crystal Beach inside the park. First a 1 hour bus ride then a 15 minute boat ride. The boats were like those fishermen use but the ride was through a small bay with very calm water. Our fee for this that included the park fee was $75mil pesos, or about $24US. The water was as beautiful as any in St. Croix, crystal clear so that you could see your toes. I snorkeled near shore and saw plenty of fish. When we first arrived there was an assortment of small fish at...

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Apr 28, 2016 - Done In By Trip to Cartagena from Santa Marta

We started our day today at 3:30 AM to be ready for our 4:30 AM tour bus pick-up. This tour cost $150 mil Colombian pesos or about $50US each. We arrived in Cartagena about 9:00 am and I was able to sleep some on the ride, however our van was packed with 14 including 3 children and two 6 month twin boys and a barely sufficient air conditioner. I guess we looked enough like a bus of immigrants for full body armored police to stop us on our way out of town. The took all our identification, my passport and others credenzas (in Colombia this is...

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Apr 27, 2016 - Day Tour to Historic Center of Santa Marta

Today after breakfast at our hotel we were picked up by Eddie our English speaking guide and a taxi driver. This half day tour cost us $60 mil pesos (about $20US). We discovered we are not really in Santa Marta's historic district but in El Rodadero, a few miles away. We were told the nicer beaches are in Rodadero, but there is more historic things to see in Santa Marta. It was a good tour, if still very hot. If it works out we are taking another day tour tomorrow to Cartagena a more historic area. If it works out we will be picked up at...

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Apr 26, 2016 - Santa Marta, Colombia for 4 Nights

On the road again. It's been about 2 months since Portugal and that 14 day Cruise. Oh and the days in New York City and those 4 nights in Atlantic City. I was excited to hear my friend Mary in Colombia needed a travel companion to visit Santa Marta on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. So here I am, continuing my search for a better beach then any in St. Croix. Also happy to reconnect with Mary whom I visited for a week during my Panama travels. We met up at the airport in Medellin yesterday and spent a night at a nice airport hotel...

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Jun 25, 2014 - Days 305 to 313 - Santa Marta and Minca - Columbia

At 9.00pm on Monday 16th June I boarded the night bus (yes, another one!) for the 16 hour trip to Santa Marta on Colombia’s northern, Caribbean, coast. This is one of the longer bus journeys but, fortunately, the bus was very quiet (no music or films!) and I managed to have a good six hours or so of fairly undisturbed sleep. Arriving at the Santa Marta bus station at around 1.00pm on Tuesday 17th June, the first thing that struck me was the heat; it was roasting hot after the relative cool of the air conditioned bus and there was not a...

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Apr 23, 2014 - Tayrona National Park, Taganga, Colombia

Wednesday 23rd April 2014 Taganga, Colombia Today we travelled by private bus from the hotel to Tayrona National Park. Once we had picked up our tickets we headed to the drop off point and walked through the forest to lookouts overlooking the Caribbean Sea beaches. The walk was quite hot as the day was sunny and about 35-36C in the morning. We walked through a number of different types of forest with great rock formations that had particular significance to the indigenous inhabitants in the area. On the way we came across 2 young indigenous...

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Apr 22, 2014 - Riohacha to Taganga, Colombia (Santa Marta)

Tuesday 22nd April 2014 Riohacha to Santa Marta and Taganga, Colombia We are right up in the northernmost part of Colombia and in the morning today we stopped on the side of the road and had a view of the ocean – the Caribbean Sea – it’s amazing that we have travelled right up from Ushuaia in the southernmost part of South America right up to the north of the continent in about 2 months. Many long days and interesting sights. We drove to near the town of Santa Marta and parked the truck and transferred to minibuses to head to Taganga to...

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Feb 28, 2014 - Last days and back to UK 28 Feb - 3 March

Saturday 1 March. After a good night’s sleep and early wake-up I started to plan my day. I met a young couple from Lewes at breakfast and shared a taxi with them into town. I had my ticket for the Cuban Art Gallery from when came here first and that was my main objective of the day. I was happy to have gone there as the art was very interesting and varied with quite a few sculptures also on display. I stayed more than two hours and then strolled towards the Choloclate Museum for a hot chocolate. Disappointingly, they only served cold...

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Feb 26, 2014 - Totumo Volcano

We had a fun morning at this volcano. It is only slightly larger than a termite mound - 60 mts tall so quite an unremarkable volcano. The villagers run the events around it as a cooperative and a way of earning a living. You climb some steps to the top and inside the crater is a pool of mud. I was prepared, already wearing my 2-piece but first of all wanted to see where you got scrubbed off afterwards as the guide had described it as 'a swamp'. Anyway, it was part of the large lagoon so Sharon and I climbed the steps and queued up for our...

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