Colombia

Colombia

Posted by on Jan 7, 2013 in Colombia, South America, Summaries | 1 comment

Colombia

Two weeks in Colombia flew by. We actually spent a day in Bogota but didn’t find much to see outside La Candelaria and ate American food, so it was not really post worthy, but I will include a couple photos in this one (below). Overall, Colombia is a definitive GO. I think many Americans are scared of it because of the reputation of the past, but traveling throughout the country, it was obvious that it is pretty safe and it is booming. The road infrastructure leaves something to be desired, but flying is really easy (try ViVa Colombia, Satena, EasyFly if Avianca and LAN too expensive)....

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M M M Myyyy Tayrona

Posted by on Jan 6, 2013 in Colombia, Play-by-plays, South America | 0 comments

M M M Myyyy Tayrona

After a 4hour bus ride to Santa Marta on MarSol (more expensive than a regular bus–42k pp versus maybe 20k?, but saves the time and money of going to the bus station which is a bit farther off from Cartagena and no cab driver wants to go to), we explored the seaside town but there was not much to see. (People say Taganga is more lively for backpackers and it is also closer to Tayrona). So early next morning we took a bus to Tayrona (5k), a collectivo from the entrance (btw 36.5k park fee) to Canaveral (2k for the ride or a 40-50 minute walk)and then set out walking. That is the...

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I Left My Heart in Cartagena

Posted by on Jan 5, 2013 in Colombia, Play-by-plays, South America | 0 comments

I Left My Heart in Cartagena

I didn’t fall in love with Cartagena at first sight. The city has been on my bucket list for a while, so I had high expectations. But I had to adjust them given the fact that we were going for New Year’s and would have to deal with lodging issues and tons of tourists. All the hostels were booked up way in advance, even the expensive hotels were mostly sold out. So we booked whatever was left and hoped for the best. Upon our arrival at said venue, without saying a word, our immediate thoughts were: Me–well, I don’t see any prostitutes…yet… Yus–I guess...

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City Of Eternal Spring

Posted by on Jan 3, 2013 in Colombia, Play-by-plays, South America | 0 comments

City Of Eternal Spring

After leaving Salento we made our way to Medellin, La Cuidad de la Eterna Primavera (the City of Eternal Spring) to meet up with one of Nat’s friends. Medellin is a popular destination during the holiday season for both Colombians and tourists who travel there to see the ornate Christmas light displays around the city. We checked into Arcadia Hostel and then traveled to downtown to visit some cathedrals and to see some of Fernando Botero’s unique sculptures. We then hiked up a small hill called Cerro Nutibara to visit Pueblito Paisa. Pueblito Paisa is model Antioquia village representing...

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¡Feliz Año!

Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 in Colombia, South America | 6 comments

¡Feliz Año!

Happy New Year from Cartagena, Colombia! Yus, Roza and I actually welcomed 2012 together as well, but in snowy Vermont. This year we are missing a few people and a couple cases of Andre (although we did pre game with a bottle). “Champagne showers!” on three. 1…2…3….!!!!! Hope everyone had a fun and safe night and cheers to an amazing 2013! P.S. I know we are a bit behind on Colombia posts but we will catch up...

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Valle de Cocora — the Possimpible

Posted by on Dec 30, 2012 in Colombia, Play-by-plays, South America | 2 comments

Valle de Cocora — the Possimpible

After a day exploring Salento and Finca Las Brisas (coffee farm), we set out early on Christmas Eve to hike the Valle de Cocora, famous for its wax palms, Colombia’s national tree. The loop is maaaaybe 5-7 km total and usually takes 4-5 hours. Despite warnings from some people in our hostel about taking wrong paths hiking, we figured we’d wing the loop. The walk up to Acaime, the hummingbird feeding spot was picturesque, relatively easy and fun, with occasional mud, horse droppings, and precariously hanging bridges. We chilled with the ADD birds for a bit and continued...

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