Colombia

Colombia

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  • Day63

    180 m unter Tage, groß genug, um mehrere Airbusmaschinen und den Eiffelturm zu verstecken und seit Jahrhunderten Quell des hiesigen Wohlstandes: das Salzbergwerk von Zipaquíra.
    Während die tiefer gelegenen Stollen noch für die nächsten 500 Jahre das Land mit Salz versorgen können, so wurden die höher gelegenen Gänge zu einer gigantischen unterirdischen Kathedrale ausgebaut- die cátedral de sal.

    Neben 2 weiteren Exemplaren in Polen die einzige ihrer Art weltweit und ein wahrhaft magischer Ort.
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  • Day65

    "Ein vertrocknetes Halbtrockengebiet im Tropenwald"
    So die Beschreibung der Wüste Tatacoa.
    Wer sich darunter genauso wenig wie ich vorstellen kann, versuchen wir es damit: ein riesiges Gebirge aus Lehmbergen.

    Bei bis zu 50°C und jährlichen Niederschlagsmengen von durchschnittlich 1070 mm Regen hat sich hier eine bizarre Tropenlandschaft entwickelt, in der Skorpione und Hasen, Früchte- tragende Kakteen und mehr als 72 Vogelarten leben.

    Bedeckt von einem sternenklaren Himmel, wie man ihn nur noch selten findet und an dem sich ohne Mühe die Gestirne der nördlichen und der südlichen Hemisphäre beobachten lassen
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  • Day5

    Spent the morning hunting high and low for mesarepa to make Colombian Arepa with. Finally found some at Moore Wilson. It was the last bag and it had a hole in it but I took it anyway.
    Aunt Dina came for lunch and enjoyed the meaty dish.

    https://www.mycolombianrecipes.com/arepa-con-carne-a-la-criolla-arepa-with-beef-a-la-criolla

  • Day36

    Originally, we thought to come to Santa Marta only as the gateway to the Lost City. But we were positively surprised by the city’s charme. It’s a lot less pretentious (and fancy) than Cartagena, but also has a nice old city with a lot of beautiful colonial houses, colourful facades, and nice cafés to hang out. Just everything seems more relaxed, less busy, less “2-worlds-type” as we saw in Cartagena with the polishes old town and the slums on our way to the bus terminal.

    After a breakfast at one of them (Ikarus Café - highly recommended, nice coconut latte and almond milk shakes), we checked out tour operators for the Lost City trek which we will do as of tomorrow. No haggling needed, it’s all 850.000 pesos, 240 euros.

    We then made it to the harbour but soon escaped the heat in one of the mini buses heading to La Quinta where Simon Bolívar lived for some time and also died. Best idea! Not only did we see the beautiful scenery of a former sugar cane estate but also a pre-taste if the jungle with iguanas, many different birds, and.... squirrels :-)

    Heading home for self-cooked dinner, we investigated options to spend time at the beaches of Tayrona National Park after the seemingly quite challenging Ciudad Perdida trek. And finally: we booked the plane to Quito, Ecuador. We will land on November 21, 16:00. Any tips welcome!
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  • Day15

    Got up and watched the World Cup draw. Much less interesting when everyone you support has been knocked out.

    Walked to Bogota's Museo del Oro today (literally the Museum of Gold). Houses ancient indigenous gold artifacts. Surprised there was enough to form an exhibition seeing as the conquistadors ran off with most of it.

    Then visited the pompously-named 'Palace of Justice' - Colombia's supreme court. The court was stormed by FARC rebels in 1985, very bloody. Colombia was actually at war with FARC (its own people!) until a few months ago. Lots of soldiers about the court complex but we were allowed in and wandered around.

    Finally stopped by to admire some church, can't remember the name. Marble arches and lavish decorations (not sure what Jesus would say). Rather than worshipers donating and then lighting candles, they have this board with LED light bulb candles. Drop a coin in and another lights up (pic attached). Had to give it a go - that's my 'candle' top right.

    Pics: (1) Old indigenous gold death mask (top) along with a traditional indigenous gold party hat (bottom); (2) The church candles; (3) Watching the football with Louis.
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  • Day4

    El día doce.
    Dear diary, next time I climb a mountain, please warn me, it's so fckn high and tiresome.
    But at least the view is worth it, that's for sure.
    Drinking a coffee at the edge of the world is quiet something.
    Well after we went down we had some drinks in "El Gato Gris" at the evening and the colombinan girls checked us out a lot.
    CONFIDENCE BOOST LEVEL COLOMBIA
    In the end it was another long day and worth every minute.

    Till next time...
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  • Day35

    Second day in Cartagena was rather lazy. After another typical Colombian breakfast including patacones (salty banana patties), we showed up for the city tour which turned out to be rather boring and no value add to the info tables in the city. Thus, we left early and went to look at the Inquisition Museum which was the former Palacio de la Inquisición. Very nice architecture, not that much info ;-) Probably the nicest thing: meeting Sumi again coincidentally whom we had gotten to know in Bogotá a week ago!

    Afterwards we relaxed in a nice café (almond milk included :-)) and fetched the laundry (Bertram still fighting to get everything back into the backpack as I write).

    Likely, we will have a quick meal before taking the bus to Santa Marta tonight.
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  • Day515

    We arrived in Cartegena a couple of days after Elvis. The sailing trip through the San Blas was unbelievably stunning, but after 5 days (particularly after a rolling last 40 hours) we were glad to get off the boat. We checked into a hostel around the corner and I immediately set off to start to find Elvis.

    As we got there some folks we knew from loading, who flew instead of sailing, were just finishing off. It sounds like they had a bit of a nightmare with customs twice blocking the release of their vehicles. At one stage they had them out of the containers only to be forced to reload them, and pay for the privilege.

    Knowing this we were expecting a difficult few days. Fortunately I had Greg, our container partner, alongside me and the two of us muddled through the bureaucracy. Customs had also opened and blocked our container, but as we weren't there we didn't get hit with all the extra charges the others did.

    After 2.5 days we finally freed ourselves of red tape and Elvis was released into South America!

    We somehow managed to squeeze him into the front of hostel despite being a foot too long, but finally we could relax and enjoy the city of Cartegena.

    Its a gorgeous city with a huge marina and an old town with massive defensive walls. It is crazy hot - taking on even León, Nicaragua and probably winning. When I got the van out of the port it was 47C inside, and walking around the town was a sweaty business, even in the evening. As the sun went down and the temperatures settled around 30C for the night, the old plazas started to get packed with people - either enjoying the amazing street food, chatting over a cold beer or for the more energetic salsa exercise classes in the square.

    It's one of the most stunning cities I've ever visited, but the heat, dragging Maya around on a lead, and partying with our boat mates had taken its toll and we soon got desperate to get back into the countryside.

    Fortunately we had a spot nearby recommend to us, and we found the most welcoming hosts in Gloria & Alviero. They were super helpful, and even spent a couple of hours patiently chatting to us in our bad Spanish. We discovered an ants nest had taken hold under the bed so we had to strip and clean the whole back of the van out, which was probably long overdue.
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  • Day5

    Biking Tour on the day, fiesta a la noche.

    The biking Tour was really good. It even had a fruit-tasting included. By the way.. Dragon Fruit tastes like heaven 😍

    What luck, while we go out to party, it's a special day here.
    El día de los muertes...
    So we go to the club: ANDRES DC
    Nice Columbian music, costumed and painted partying people, good mood all around and some Corona (brewed with 0% Tequila - 🤔)

    Well I really have to admit: Marcela can dance good, like for real. She even was so kind to teach me some moves 😅
    Muchas gracias 👍
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