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Colombia (W2&3): Adventure, Wilderness, Beach then City

An action packed two weeks of grade 4+ white water rafting and a crazy five day hike; mountains of food, history and culture; beautiful beaches and the famous port town of Cartagena; and last but not least a volcano of mud…

sunny 30 °C

We spent three days in San Gil, the adventure sports capital of Colombia, though we weren’t that adventurous, we did do some white water rafting, which was a very fun and a first for Leon (who was scared stiff, but loved it in the end).

We also visited a pretty little town close by called Barrichara, which was lovely but earily deserted from there we took a two hour walk to another (even more deserted town) of Guane.

The town of Barricharra

On the last day (on our way to the next stop) we visited the beautiful canyon of Chicamocha, where we rode on one of the longest cable cars in the world (it was very long) and entertained ooursleves with icelollys and weird monuments.

A beautiful canyon, on a misty day...

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Me, Leon and the icelolly (left), me and the weird monument (right)

We then headed to Santa Marta and from there set out on the five day trek to Ciudad Perdida, the lost city. A beautiful hike, with good food and good company and a very interesting story. We stopped at many spots for swimming in the river; we spoke to a local tribes-man of the Cogi and we saw part of the ruins of the 2500 year-old city.

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Me and the lost city (left); well the city was made up of about 500 little plazas like this, but this is the best one we saw
Me and the sign for the lost city (right)

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Some lovely swimming spots...

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Our accomodations of nights 1 and 3...

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Our more luxurious accomodations of nights 2 and 4...

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Some fun and games...

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...and some new friends.

On the way back we stopped for two nights at the Colombian beach resort of Tyrona National Park, where we slept in hammocks to the sound of the waves (well actually I put it my ear plugs, but it could have been). We spent our time relaxing after the strenuous walking of the past five days, eating seafood and swimming in the lovely cool sea-water.

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After finishing the last day of ciudad perdida hiking, a mamoth 6hrs...
...we then went on to hike 1 hr further into Tyrona National Park

Us enjoying the beach!!

From here we caught the bus to Cartagena, the famous Colombian seaside port, we spent two days wandering the city, drinking juice, eating some lovely food wandering the churches and plazas, looking through the shops, drinking some cocktails and some beers.

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Some beautiful streets

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Some shopping, in what used to be the spanish dugeons...

...and a new hat, obviously necessary in each new place one visits in colombia.

Oh and I almost forgot the mud volcano; Volcan del Totumo - the sole reason I came to Colombia (joke; just in case that wasn't clear)... we went on a tour today to a mud hill in the middle of nowhere, that just happened to be one of three unique phenomena of the world, where allow the mud it 2km deep you CANNOT sink past your chest, in fact it is exceptionally difficult to move out of the sitting position...

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Me and Leon enjoying the mud bath.

And tommorow onto Medellin, after lunch at the hard rock cafe (an obvious necessity), we will be celebrating Christmas with the Gomez Family...

Posted by marajade1_200 14:35 Archived in Colombia

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