Colombia
Boca Chica

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  • Day177

    Here we are, Colombia!

    March 2, 2020 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    A long boat trip came to an end this morning when we arrived in Cartagena. After another 4 hours from the anchoring spot, we passed the fort of Bocachica, saw the highrises and the marina of the city. We had a final breakfast on the boat (hamburgers), before inspecting our luggage for any damages due to the water. Our panniers were dry as well as one of the big bags. The second one got completely soaked - but luckily there were no electronics in it. Michl's iPhone did not survive a swim in the salt water though. The captain took him to his favourite technician later to replace it with a new one.
    However, we left the boat and went to immigration. This was pretty easy. We handed all our passports to a lady at the marina, she had them stamped somewhere and came back later to return them to us.
    We then went to our AirBnB, took a desperately needed shower, dried some wet stuff and gave a package of dirty cloths to the laundry service. Then we headed off to find a bike for Michl, so he can join us during the next few days. We checked some bikeshop just to see what's on the market, but didn't buy anything yet.
    Afterwards, we walked along the beach towards the historical center. It's interesting how quickly the environment can change here - from a slum-like road to pricey highrise apartments within one block. There's lots of streetart around all parts of the city. And the historical center is quite beautiful. Surrounded by a stone wall, many colonial style buildings, very colourful and lively, bars, restaurants... We really liked it.
    At 7pm, we met the boat crew at a pizza place to have dinner together. Nice to see everyone again after a shower and in clean cloths. But as we were all pretty exhausted from the cruise, we called it an early night and said goodbye to everyone.
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    Donna Dolinar

    Yay!!!! South America!

    3/3/20Reply
    Meike Grothe

    Yep, the final "America" of the "3 Americas" of our trip...

    3/3/20Reply
     
  • Day129

    Fort San Fernando de Bocachica

    February 5, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    As soon as we reached the open sea, the pilot opened up the throttle and let both the engines loose. The boat literally flew across the water. We would be in the air every few seconds for quite a few seconds. Pretty soon, we had overtaken the speedboats that had left the harbor 10 min before us. But, our joy was shortlived as our boat turned and went straight for Bocachica, a small town on Tierra Bomba island in the Cartagena bay. Here, the boat stopped a while to let off some locals that had come on the boat with us. After dropping them, the boat had barely started picking up speed, when there was a commotion and the boat turned around to the island again. It seemed that one of the person on board had wanted a drop on the end of the island near the Fort San Fernando de Bocachica, a few kms from our 1st stop on the island. A lot of people in the boat started getting irritated by now. But, the boat turned around quickly and we were in open sea speeding away pretty soon. Here we saw some dolphins swimming in the water bit we were too fast for them to swim along. Just a few minutes in and suddenly the speed of boat dropped dramatically. There were some sputtering sounds from the engine. It turned out that one of the engines had stopped working so we had to go the rest of the way at half the power. Despite all the delays, we reached Playa Blanca by 10:35 am, a pretty good speed considering the distance.Read more

    Vijay kumar Dang

    No big deal,our Indigo airlines aircrafts fly with one failed engine

    3/16/18Reply
    The Craze for Travelling

    🤣🤣🤣

    3/17/18Reply
     
  • Day129

    Fort San Luis de Bocachica

    February 5, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Our boat took us to Bocachica. Here, the rest of the passengers were taken to the lunch place, while we went to look around the castle.
    The Castle of San Luis de Bocachica, was a military fortress that defended Cartagena in the 17th and 18th centuries. Built by the Spanish during the colonial period.
    We explored the various rooms and corners of the fortress. The entry was free.
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    Vijay kumar Dang

    Must have been very exhausting to move around in the afternoon?

    3/16/18Reply
    The Craze for Travelling

    It was fine. We had cooled down enough while swimming in the sea during snorkeling and then at the beach.

    3/17/18Reply
     
  • Day21

    Cartagena - Festungen & Interkulturelles

    September 1, 2017 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Am Vortag beschloss ich meinen Tag mit Kultur zu fühlen und nicht mit Strand, was bei gefühlten 44Grad gar nicht so einfach ist.

    Ich beschloss mit dem Boot Richtung Fuerte de San Fernando zu fahren. Diese Festung liegt auf einer Insel von Cartagena und schütze die Bucht vor Angreifern.
    Mit der Fahrt, der Tour und somit dem ganzen Trip verbinde ich gemischte Gefühle. Zum einen war ich sehr glücklich einen Guide gefunden zuhaben, der mich durch den Ort zu den 2 Festungen geführt hat, denn der Ort wirkte für mich nicht als das sicherste Pflaster für Touris. Zudem waren die Festungen eig ganz interessant , aber aufjedenfall kein Must-see und aufjedenfall kein Highlight meiner Reise.

    Besonders war dieser Tag dann aber doch, denn beim bummeln durch die Läden traf ich eine sehr nette ältere Einheimische. Diese fragte mich kurzer Hand, ob ich ihr abends bei einem Café bisschen Englisch bei bringen würden. Abends bei diesem Treffen lernte verdammt viel über die Kultur, über die Probleme und allgemein über Kolumbien und speziell über Cartagena!
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