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San Andres y Providencia

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  • Day20

    Providencia

    February 3, 2020 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    I DROVE A CAR!!!

    Well not really a car but a buggy that goes a max speed of 25 mph and 31mph going down a hill. My mum gave me lessons and I drove on the road with other drivers and it was EPIC! I drove my parents all around the island and we stopped at multiple beaches along the way. The place we went to watch the sunset had loads of super friendly dogs and there were tree swings and the sand was the softest sand I had ever felt in my life!

    Yesterday we took a mini plane from San Andres ( where we stopped for like 2 hrs from Cartagena) and the plane was so small that there was only one row of seats on each side and the isle in the middle just about big enough for me to fit through. It was quite scary at first because we took off smoothly but as soon as we started going through clouds it felt like we were falling all the way to the ground! But it was a very fun 22 mins apart from that.
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  • Day21

    Providencia

    February 4, 2020 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to harpoon a fish and eat it for lunch? Well I got to do that today...and it was delicious.

    Today’s adventure involves taking a boat into the Caribbean sea and trying to catch a fish by harpooning it. Our guide Josh showed us how it was done and caught 4 fish for our lunch. While my dad helped Josh catch the fish by scaring them in his direction, my mum and I went snorkelling in the ocean together 🤿. We saw some lovely fish but were startled by a giant sting ray!

    When Josh caught each fish, Captain Arnold made sure he brought the boat quickly near him because any blood from the fish in the water would attract sharks (Hammer heads, Tiger sharks and Nurse sharks) very quickly from miles away.

    Captain said Josh was new at catching fish with a harpoon so he kept making fun on Josh when he missed a harpoon so Captain said : “ Ay Josh! Are you a Fisherman or a Housewife? ”, because if he didn’t manage to catch any fish he would have to buy some from the shop!

    Then we found a secluded beach and grilled the fish in the firewood he found. Josh and I went to get some mangos and they were super sweet but very small! We snorkelled around the bay and we saw tons of tiny fish! I followed a long silver fish with a funny smile for a while and my dad said it was a Barracuda. Woahhh😳😬🐟.
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  • Day23

    Bad news

    February 6, 2020 in Colombia ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    We have just had some very bad news. My grandad has just passed away extremely unexpectedly so we will be heading back to England. I’ll stop the blog now until we decide what to do about this family adventure.

    Thank you for reading my blog and posting such lovely comments!! It makes me feel like I’m sharing my journey with so many friends. My grandad, Keith, really enjoyed reading my blog and used to post lots of comments. Look out for his comments!! (Keith Chadwick).

    I love you Grandad Chad. And I will miss you ❤️😘
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  • Day12

    Dia 11 vuelo a San Andres

    September 21, 2019 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Nos levantamos bien temprano, fuimos al aeropuerto y volamos a San Andres, una isla colombiana a hoar y pico de vuelo desde Cartagena. Llegamos al hotel Cocoplum beach, muy bonito y colorido. Estábamos dando un paseo por la playa, ya era casi la hora de almorzar , cuando nos detuvimos a charlar con un local que nos ofreció llevarnos de excursión. Luego de las típicas negociaciones subimos a la barca y , tras detenernos en el hotel por agua y la cámara, zarpamos . Primero fuimos al manglar donde nos mostraron unas medusas, luego al medio Del Mar donde vimos estrellas de Mar enormes y gusanos de mar, y de allí a ver peces tropicales y darles pan, luego una visita por un sitio con mantarrayas y por último el acuario, que es otro lugar en medio Del Mar para ver peces donde nos tomamos un coco loco y disfrutamos Del Mar y caminamos a otra isla. Terminamos exhaustos! A la noche visitamos la ciudad.
    Las fotos de la excursión fueron sacadas con otras cámaras y no puedo bajar las fotos hasta que llegue a casa.
    El mar acá tiene un color y transparencia increíble.
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  • Day86

    San Andres

    November 25, 2017 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Wir dachten schon es war ein Fehler nach San Andres zu fliegen. Die Wettervorhersagen, auf welche man aber hier definitiv nicht gehen kann, versprachen nicht so viel Gutes. Nachdem es die ersten zwei Tage nicht wirklich schön war und am Abend teils monsunartige Regengüsse niederprasselten, wurde es die letzten zwei Tage noch richtig sonnig. Die Insel der 7 Farben zeigte sich von ihrer besten Seite und es ist einfach traumhaft schön hier. Damit wir die gesamte Insel erkunden konnten, mieteten wir uns einen Roller. Helm gabs natürlich wiedermal keinen und auch einen Ausweis benötigte der Vermieter nicht...
    Wir "tuckerten" mit dem Roller durch die Insel und genossen die teils menschenleeren Strände. Die Strandbars werden von Rastafaris geführt, welche einem schon mal eine Joint anbieten und Peace and Love predigen. Am zweiten Tag wollten wir noch etwas in den Riffs schnorcheln gehen. Leider stellte sich die Tour als sehr touristisch heraus. Neben der Johnny Cay Insel, welche traumhaft, aber total überlaufen war, gings dann an ein kleines Riff, wo sich hunderte Leute tummelten und es auch nicht so viele Fische zu sehen gab. Der Abstecher nach San Andres hat sich aber definitiv gelohnt, die traumhaften karibischen Strände und das kristallklare Wasser waren absolute Highlights. Zudem gabs beim Black Friday-Ausverkauf eine Gopro und neue Sonnenbrillen.
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  • Day353

    San Andrés, Columbia

    May 1, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ☁️ 31 °C

    750km (470mi) off Columbia's north coast lies the tiny Colombian island of San Andrés nestled in the Caribbean Sea. Andreas and I stayed in a secluded jungly hotel with open walls and mosquito nets. As we were the only guests, the owner Diego spent a lot of time showing us around the island and his favorite dive spots. He told us about his time as a teenager smuggling drugs into the US through Miami in the 80s and the hardships that came with living in Columbia during that time.

    A two minute walk from our hotel produced some of the best snorkeling we have ever done. In the bathtub warm waters, we saw coral forests, hundreds of fish of varying sizes and colors, and dove through caves. We also had one of our top SCUBA diving experiences. We again saw hundreds of fish, dove through caves, posed with underwater statues, saw an old shipwreck, and were startled by a huge barracuda (all with no wetsuit)! We spent our last day riding bikes around the island with another couple, stopping along the way for cold beers and dips in the ocean. The island is truly a beautiful tropical getaway.
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  • 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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You might also know this place by the following names:

Providencia y Santa Catalina, Departamento de Archipiélago de San Andrés, Departamento de Archipielago de San Andres, San Andres y Providencia, San Andrés y Providencia