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Mar 4, 2020 - Day 33

I did get up at 4:15am. My driver: the brother of Andres came at 5:30am. He is only 25. We started up the mountain. At one place we stopped to look for birds and saw 5 Kael-billed Toucans on the same tree. This is a large toucan with a multi-colored large bill. They were talking to each other and playing with each other. Not far we found a tree full of Scarlet-fronted Parakeet. They are a noisy bunch. The most productive is at a place called Tienda (shop) on the way to el Dorado lodge and reserve. They had several banana feeders and...

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Mar 3, 2020 - Day 32

The guide came at 6:00am and I hopped on his motorcycle to start to head uphill to the mountains. He said his name is Richard, can speak English and knows the English, Spanish and Latin names of the birds. He is about mid-30th , mid-size and has a strong build. I told him that I rode motorcycle one once on a police motorcycle for less than 30 minutes. With the steep rocky dirt mountain road, I felt unbalanced with a heavy camera. I had no choice but to hold on his shoulder. At some places I was so scared that I simply closed my eyes. After...

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Mar 2, 2020 - Day 31

Since my host at Minca cannot check me in until 1:00pm, I have the whole morning in Santa Marta. I went back to the Parque Novio to try to get a photo of the Caribe Grackle together with the Great-tailed Grackle for comparison. Both are totally black bird with white eyes. But their size is very different and the tail shape is different. I saw both together yesterday. But no luck today. There was no Great-tailed Grackle to be found there. Then, I went to the Marina to try to film the Magnificent Frigatebird. There were lots flying low...

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Mar 1, 2020 - Day 30

February has passed. Today is the first day of March. The weather here in Santa Marta is almost the same everyday: sunny and very hot about 35C or 90F and humid. I went to the tourist office at 8:03am as requested. When I got there, I was told it was delayed until 9:00am. By then a few more people showed up. One of the staff walked us towards Marina and boarded a party bus. The bus was filled by 9:30am by different groups and left town. After about 30 minutes we arrived a large parking lot with several other buses. We walked along a dirt...

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Feb 29, 2020 - Day 29

Got up at 6:30am. Decided to visit the near by Lover’s Park to see if I could find any birds before breakfast. In the early morning it was very enjoyable in mid-70th. There were not many birds but it has both Caribe and Great-tailed Grackle. It is a good comparison to see their differences and similarities. I wish I had my camera to take a photo when they both were side-by-side. At 8:00am I went to the Basilica nearby. After Salmon Bolivar’s death, his body was kept there for 10 years until it was returned to his birthplace in Venezuela....

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Feb 28, 2020 - Day 28

I went out of the apartment at 8:00am to go to Marina Park. According to ebird it is the best spot in town for birds. I did find a few birds but not many at all. When I passed the Malecon, I saw Brown Pelican, Royal Tern, Snowy and Great Egret, Gray Heron and Magnificent Frigatebird. At the park I heard the tapping on the tree, then found 3 Red-crowned Woodpeckers. I walked on the wall again until I saw some rocky seashore. I walked there and found many Snowy Egrets following a beaching fish boat. When I went back to the apartment at...

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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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