Colombia
Providencia

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  • Day27

    Providencia

    August 31 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Wir sind im Paradies angekommen. Wir machen eine kleine Fahrradtour um einen Teil der Insel Providencia . Fine konstant motiviert im ersten Gang, Kimi unverzagt im vierten. Berg rauf und runter.
    Es gibt nur eine Hauptstraße (17 km), die die Insel umrundet. Von dieser kann man Abstecher zu verschiedenen ziemlich leeren Stränden nehmen.
    Dort haben wir das Salz des Körpers durch Meeressalz ergänzt :D.
    Zum Ende haben wir uns eine Pause in einem kleinen Café mit Blick auf‘s Meer gegönnt.
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  • Day29

    Schnorcheltour

    September 2 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Endlich ging es auf‘s offene Meer zum Schnorcheln. Wir haben ganz viele bunte Fische, Rochen, Seesterne ... gesehen.
    Zudem sind wir auch um die geschützte Insel Crab Quay geschnorchelt und haben doch glatt einer Schildkröte beim Essen zugesehen.
    Das karibische Meer in diesem Gebiet soll sieben verschiedene Blautöne haben. Fünf Farbtöne haben wir auf jeden Fall gezählt. So schön!Read more

  • Day31

    Der frühe Vogel...

    September 4 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Am frühen Morgen gelang uns der Aufstieg zum höchsten Punkt der Insel. Dort hatten wir einen fantastischen Ausblick über die Insel und das Meer :)). Beim Abstieg haben wir sogar noch eine blaue Eidechse gesehen.

  • Day28

    Scootertag

    September 1 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Statt eines Fahrrades haben wir uns heute mal die Luxusvariante eines Scooters gegönnt. Fahrräder sind hier leider nicht so verbreitet und wir haben keine zum Ausleihen gefunden. Der Scooter ist hier der fahrbare Untersatz.
    Also, los ging es und wir haben die Insel mit dem schnelleren Gefährt erkundet. Wir waren u.a. auf der Insel Catalina, die man fußläufig über eine Brücke erreicht und sind das erste Mal Schnorcheln gewesen. Super cool!!!Read more

  • Day30

    Ein weiterer Tag im Paradies

    September 3 in Colombia ⋅ ☁️ 31 °C

    Wir haben noch einmal eine Abschlussrunde über die Insel gedreht und auch den letzten der fünf Strände gefunden. Am Abend waren wir im Leuchtturm und haben einen Film über die Geschichte der Insel und die hier alljährliche Krabbenwanderung gesehen. Von dort aus hatten wir auch einen super Blick auf ein paar Leguane und den Sonnenuntergang.Read more

  • Day361

    Providencia, Columbia

    May 9, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ☁️ 30 °C

    From San Andrès we took a three hour ferry to get to the less-touristy and smaller island of Providencia. The ferry crossing was pretty awful with more than a few passengers losing their lunch during the crossing... Whit included.

    On Providencia we stayed at a beachfront homestay run by a fabulous Caribbean mother/daughter combo. It was a week of birthdays at our homestay and each was accompanied by a Caribbean-style party. We were kindly invited to both parties and enjoyed the traditional food (conche ceviche with tomato sauce and a huge boil-up soup over an open fire), music and dance, and island drinking style (numerous whiskey and rum shots). Our favourite quote was "there ain't no thieving here!" said with a thick Caribbean accent by the owner of our homestay when Whitney attempted to lock her bedroom door.

    Our activities on the island included beach hopping on a scooter, kayaking to a small island off Providencia and snorkelling in its crystal clear water, and climbing the highest peak on the island to get a 360 degree view of the place.

    The highlight of Providencia, and a clear top 5 favourite of our entire trip, was SCUBA diving with its local inhabitants, grey reef sharks! From the moment we started our dive we were surrounded by these majestic animals, some up to 2.5m long. At one point I counted eight circling us with some being less than a metre from me. While we knew we would see sharks whilst diving here, we found the experience unnerving especially when starting our dive. However, by the end of our dive, both Whit and I began to feel a degree of comfort despite their presence. An experience neither of us will soon forget!
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  • Day5

    Providencia - Day 1

    April 1, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    With an early 6am start to the day, we made our way to Toninos Marina in order to catch a catamaran to Providencia.

    First, I should explain that getting there is no easy feat: the only two options are a rickety 20-seater plane or a rough three hour catamaran ride that has a reputation for causing passengers to keep their heads in sick bags the entire time. Plane tickets were already sold out, so sadly seasickness was our only option. As we tried to prepare ourselves for a rocky ride, other travellers started to arrive. This is when we met our friend Alejandro. We learned that he is an engineer in Cartagena, so we made plans to see each other again during the latter part of our trip, as our flight to Panama City was leaving from Cartagena.

    Upon check-in for the catamaran we were given tablets used to treat motion sickness and nausea, they really weren’t messing around! Luckily, as Sean already mentioned, we stopped at a pharmacy the evening before and purchased some Dramamine of our own, so we were ready to take on the sea! I am extremely happy to report that we were only awake long enough to feel a few whirls in our stomachs. The drowsiness had taken its toll and we slept for nearly the entire trip! Phew, what a relief! (Thank you Dramamine!)

    On another positive note, considering that Providencia is such a pain to get to meant that we only had to share this island paradise with other travellers who were daring enough as we were. And if Dubrovnik taught us anything, we definitely prefer to avoid the masses.

    We were officially on island time. We adopted the same “carefree” aura as the locals, we shared a delicious seafood platter for dinner, and we began to explore the beaches this wonderfully remote island had to offer. - KK
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  • Day6

    Providencia - Day 2

    April 2, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Happy Easter! After fuelling ourselves with a Colombian staple called arepa, (a type of food made of ground maize dough, served with cheese, cuajada etc.), we were all set to start our day.

    On our walk to Manzanillo Bay, it was very easy to see that the infrastructure is not well-maintained here. For instance, we’d be walking on the sidewalk, when out of nowhere it would come to an abrupt end and continue on the other side of the street, so we kept zigzagging back and forth. We also saw several unfinished buildings on our short 40 mins. walk to the beach. Of course the extreme heat and historical lack of investment play a role here. It’s not easy to get to, which on the one hand is why large-scale tourism has never taken root, but at the same time it’s also what allows Providencia to retain its astounding beauty and state of preservation.

    In addition to the copious amounts of bright blue lizards that we saw on our walk to the beach, there were also tons of hens and chicks clucking along the roadside. I should also mention that Sean was a bit like Snow White, if there was a stray dog around it was sure to be following him. One even cozied up to us and found shade under our loungers on the beach.

    We were completely off the grid. We claimed our beach space and enjoyed the better part of the afternoon soaking up the sun. The sand here was as soft as icing sugar (if you didn’t already know I like to bake, then I’m sure my sugary sweet reference was a dead give away). Sean also taught me how to play chess, which reminds me that we’ll have to play again soon so I can solidly the rules/kick his butt!

    As there wasn’t much night life here, we too adopted the slow-pace lifestyle of this rural paradise. We had a seafood dinner at a restaurant down the road from where we were staying (which we walked to there and back in complete darkness), and then we spent the rest of our night in playing rummy 500. - KK
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  • Day7

    Providencia - Day 3

    April 3, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Can you think of a better way to spend a holiday than going on a 4 hour hike?! Our mission of the day was to climb to the top of the Peak, the highest point of the island, and enjoy the summit. With a mere 2 hours up, and a little less than 2 hours back down, our tour guide Orleus pointed out lots of interesting plant life along the way i.e. clove leaves, mango trees, cotton trees etc. The view from the top was unforgettable, definitely worth the effort.

    Although Providencia felt distinctly more Carribean than Colombian, we would both agree that it was one of the highlights of our trip to Colombia. We met a bunch of other backpackers at Roland’s Roots Bar on our last night. The reggae/dancehall beats were booming out of the beachside speakers, and before we knew it, it was time to fly back to San Andres and continue on with the next leg of our trip. This was definitely a unique, once in a lifetime experience. -KK
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  • Day222

    Bienvenido al paradis

    March 5, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    Der Abschluss meines Colombian Aufenthalts waren die Inseln San Andreas und Provedecia. Zwei kleine Inseln in der Karibik.
    Zuerst ging es mit dem Flugzeug nach San Andrés. Schon diese Insel ist ein kleines Paradies mit seinen weißen Stränden und dem türkisen Wasser. Allerdings tummeln sich dort eine Menge Touristen rum, so daß es auch ein wenig Mallorca charm hatte.
    Deshalb ging es auch gleich weiter nach Providencia. Die kleine Insel ist mit in 2,5 Stunden mit einem Katamaran zu erreichen und ein wirkliches Karibik Paradies. Weniger Menschen, leere Traumstrände und herrlich zum schnorcheln und Tauchen. Also machte ich mich auch daran, einen Tauchschein zu machen und ich habe es nicht bereut. Vom ersten Tauchgang an, waren wir mit Haien und Stachelrochen im Wasser, das war wirklich beeindruckend. Au h sonst ist die Unterwasserwelt dort noch sehr intakt, ein echter Traum.
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