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  • Day121

    Santa Marta

    June 3, 2017 in Colombia

    After having such a great time in San Andres and Cartagena, I really didn't think things could get better. I hadn't heard amazing things about Santa Marta - and quite mixed reviews of Tayrona, so I guess my expectations were pretty low.

    But boy were they exceeded!

    The town of Santa Marta is probably best to avoid, but the area and region around the city is just beautiful. We spent the first night in the dreamer hostel - which tbf is okay - just around the pool.

    The next day we'd heard about the tubing at El Rio hostel, and so got the bus to the little village of Buritaca which is on the way to Palomino. El Rio hostel is just amazing. Tucked away in the rainforest, it has its own little beach and river. The hostel is made of little huts and is so cool. We did the tubing which was really fun, apart from the barefoot hike to get far enough up the river. At times the river was really calm and I'd go really slowly, but at other times we would come into rapids and be thrown around.

    We spent the rest of the day just chilling and drinking gin and tonics by the bar. The hostel was really social and so we met a lot of nice people there.

    In the morning we got up and headed to Tayrona. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked Tayrona actually, as I had heard some people saying it wasn't that great. We walked to Cabo San Juan which has one of the nicest beaches, which you can swim at, in the park. We rented hammocks for the night because it was way too hot for a tent. We met a really nice Colombian guy called Julian and we explored the other beaches - la piscina and playa nudista (although it was empty and clothes were kept firmly on) - with him.

    There is lots of cool wildlife in the park. We saw wild monkeys in the trees, brightly coloured lizards and iguanas, snakes and even a cap aburra. In the night, if you go into the jungle just a tiny bit you can see hundreds of fireflies glowing which was pretty special.
    I fell asleep pretty early but Josh and Julian saw a Cayman on the beach at night.

    After what wasn't exactly the most comfortable sleep in the hammock, we woke up and had a nice morning cup of tea on the beach (cut me and I bleed English). We were leaving the park that day but decided to leave a different way so we could go to Pueblito which is the indigenous settlement in the park. The route to Pueblito was pretty hard because it was so humid and we had to climb up hill on rocks for about an hour and a half. When we got to Pueblito we saw the settlements which was cool and had lunch. Josh and I then set off to the road back to Santa Marta which took us probably another 2-3 hours. Pretty exhausted and sweaty from all the walking, we arrived back in Santa Marta and were so happy to have a shower!

    The next day we had to wait around because our flight to Medellin was rescheduled from 4pm to 9pm. After all that trekking we didn't really fancy a big day out so we spent the day by the pool at the dreamer. The highlight was probably throwing away our disgusting leftovers from dinner the night before and instead having our amazing McDonalds (I have not had one since the terrible one I had at Santiago airport) which was so filling - we had 1.5 meals each.

    All in all, we managed to fit a lot into Santa Marta and had a great time. Tayrona is so beautiful and El Rio was lots of fun! On to Medellin, the last leg of our trip because Josh heads back to England and I to Panama.
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  • Day40

    Welcome to paradise

    June 22, 2015 in Colombia

    Yesterday I finally arrived to the caribbean cost, in Santa Marta. I already felt the flair inside the plane, since the margin of the airport is the sea. I took a bus to town (45 minutes for only 1500$ = 0.50€ !!) and luckily met a local guy who showed me how to get to the hostel. I would never had expected it to be in such a dead neighborhood, but when I went through the door it was like entering into a different world: a pool, a restaurant, billiard, a chill out area, a bunch of people and great atmosphere - this hostel is amazing!! In the same moment I decided to stay as many nights here as possible.
    Today, I met the guys from the hostel in Medellín and we went to Concha bay, a beautiful beach in Parque Tayrona, the famous National Park here. At 4pm sharp, everyone left and we had it all for ourselves, because we had told our driver to pick us up at 5.

    P.S.: if you should wonder about the last picture - I haven't mentioned yet that in Colombia there are not only a lot of street dogs, there are also street horses.
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  • Day21

    Palomimo - Santa Marta

    November 16, 2017 in Colombia

    Der Tag heute fing schon mit schwitzen an. Die meiste Zeit der Nacht war kein Strom da, also lief auch kein Ventilator. Um acht war ich dann zum Yoga im Nachbarhostel und da es heute mal nicht bewölkt war, knallte die Sonne meine Güte. Zurück in unserem Hostel konnte ich dann direkt frühstücken, denn Tina hatte schon für mich mit bestellt. Zu Fuß ging es dann in der Mittagshitze den einen Kilometer hoch zur Hauptstraße und mit dem lokalen Bus für nicht mal drei Euro knapp über zwei Stunden nach Santa Marta. Mit offenen Fenstern und Türen war es ziemlich angenehm, fröhliche Musik klang aus den Boxen und die Fahrt entlang der Küste war einfach zu schön :)

    Im Santa Marta hatten wir dann ein wenig Pech, das Zimmer war noch nicht fertig bzw. man wusste nicht, dass es schon fertig war. Dafür hatte ich drei Stunden in der Hängematte und bin mit meinem (immer noch ersten) Buch ein Stück weiter gekommen. Tina hat derweil im Pool gechillt und später sind wir noch mal in die Shopping Mall gelaufen, dort vergisst man glatt, dass man in Kolumbien ist. Ein Eis und neue Schuhe später gab es dann Essen im Hostel, weil wir keine Lust mehr hatten noch mal ne halbe Stunde in die Stadt zu fahren. Achso, und Happy Hour gab es auch ;)
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  • Day48

    Santa Marta

    November 29, 2015 in Colombia

    Got to Santa Marta 2 days ago. It took 4 hours to get here by bus. Driving is mental here, buses with open doors and hanging people out, beeping the horn and taking over the ambulance.
    The hostel is a little paradise: hammocks, pool, bar, biliard, palmtrees. We were not even bothered to go out from the hostel cause it's so hot. Santa Marta is nice enough but not a lot to do anyway, seems like a typical big city. More interesting to go for little excursions a bit further.
    Always easy to have a little chat with other bagpackers to gather some info about places to visit, some of them are really nice and helpful (and of course there are the big headed loud ones)
    They sell gulyas beef for so cheap, need to find some paprika!!
    Two out of two hostels without electricity for a day. Maybe we are cursed...
    Leaving tomorrow for Minca :)
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  • Day42

    Deutsche Bahn Colombia

    June 24, 2015 in Colombia

    Reading all the Spiegel-Online stories about the strikes of Deutsche Bahn (sure, this isn't new), I was really happy to be at the other end of the world - until strikes reached me here as well, here by the bus drivers of Santa Marta. It wasn't the first one I had seen in the small caribbean town, but the first that affected me, because today I wanted to go to the fishers' village Taganga, around 30 minutes away.
    Actually there were still a few buses running, but besides the fact that I didn't want to rely on the hope to find one back to the hostel in the evening, I didn't think they were safe either: police had to escort each of those few buses, since the striking drivers tried to stop them. Therefore, I preferred to stay at the hostel pool.
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