Sailing the Amazon River – Part Two

Sailing the Amazon River - Part Two

16th March 2014 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…

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Sailing the Amazon River – Part One

Sailing the Amazon River - Part One

15th March 2014 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…

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Horserides and Waterfalls in Salento

13th March 2014 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…

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Hiking the Valle de Cocora in Salento

Hiking the Valle de Cocora in Salento

The penultimate chapter of our Colombian adventure was such a contrast to the cities, beaches, colour and vibrancy that we’d experienced so far that it was like being in an entirely different country. In fact, with it’s cloudy, rainy weather, cool air, greenery and farmyards, Salento did seem slightly more like…

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Arriving in Salento

Arriving in Salento

11th March 2014 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…

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A Disappointing First Day in Medellin

A Disappointing First Day in Medellin

9th March 2014 After about five days of beaches, sunshine and colour we were leaving Cartagena with heavy hearts, headed for a city whose praises we’d heard sung so often we hardly knew how to imagine a place so wonderful. Since our arrival in Colombia, everyone had been telling us…

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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

5th – 6th March 2014 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,…

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First Day in Cartagena

First Day in Cartagena

4th March 2014 After our first evening in Cartagena, I was already in love, and woke up the following day ready to explore. I’d found a helpful website with tons of great recommendations, and using a freebie map from the hostel we put together a jam-packed day tour that would…

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Arriving in Cartagena

Arriving in Cartagena

3rd March 2014 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…

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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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