Sailing the Amazon River – Part Two

Sailing the Amazon River - Part Two

We were in the rainforest, and although the Amazon was exciting and mysterious it was also humid, uncomfortable, and strange. The overland route from Colombia to Peru, down the Amazon River from Leticia on the Colombian border to Iquitos in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon, sounded so romantic and…

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Sailing the Amazon River – Part One

Sailing the Amazon River - Part One

After leaving the gorgeous countryside surrounding the sleepy town in Salento, we had only a very brief stopover in Cali (which wasn’t long enough to see anything particularly exciting) before catching a flight early the next morning to the border town of Leticia, way down in the bottom right corner…

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Horserides and Waterfalls in Salento

I spent the morning of our second full day in Salento, a small Andean town in southern Colombia, writing and catching up on my diary. My writing desk was a big wooden bench, damp with mist, at the end of the front garden, which looked out across the valley that falls away…

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Arriving in Salento

Arriving in Salento

After two disappointing days in Medellin, Sam and I had had enough of cities and were ready to head into more of Colombia’s gorgeous countryside. We’ve discovered on this trip that it’s impossible to escape good advice when you’re travelling in hostels and meeting other travellers just like yourself –…

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Cartagena – Volcan de Lodo El Totumo

Cartagena - Volcan de Lodo El Totumo

After our two days on Playa Blanca, we were back in colourful Cartagena and in no hurry to leave. We spent the morning walking around the old town again, taking it more slowly this time and lingering over the details; pretty, flower-clad window boxes, beautiful store window displays, men pushing wooden…

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Playa Blanca, Cartagena

Playa Blanca, Cartagena

After a fantastic evening on the lovely, but rather plain, Playa Bocagrande in Cartagena, Sam and I were desperate to get a glimpse of the beach advertised as the area’s best, Playa Blanca. It’s on the Isla de Baru, part of the Rasarioa archipelago and national park, and the easiest way to…

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First Day in Cartagena

First Day in Cartagena

Our arrival in Cartagena three weeks ago seems so long ago now it’s almost hard to write about it. A broken laptop, sporadic wifi, and a lot of travel in a short space of time has left me very behind with blogging, so it seems strange to be writing about…

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Bahia Concha Bay in Santa Marta

Bahia Concha Bay in Santa Marta

The day after carnaval in Barranquilla we woke up at Drop Bear hostel in Santa Marta tired, achey, and in great need of a bit of recuperation. Everyone knows the healing powers of the sea, so after a morning of scrambled eggs and football (Sam couldn’t miss the League Cup…

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Carnaval in Barranquilla

Bahia Concha Bay in Santa Marta

After three days in the gorgeous mountain town of Minca, surrounded by silence and the monochrome green of forest filled valleys, the colours and crowds of carnaval in Barranquilla suddenly sounded a little daunting. Especially because we had nowhere to stay in Barranquilla, and knew that every bed in town…

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