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Day 139 - Pasto

Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | Views [250]

Woke up from a not very restful bus slumber at 6.30am and sat quietly staring out at the mountains and trying not to think about when I would finally arrive in Pasto. The wifi dropped in and out on the bus which was a great distraction when it worked ... Read more >

Day 138 - Bogota

Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | Views [224]

Given I intended to take the 5.30pm, 24 hour bus to Pasto overnight I decided to make the most of my last day in Bogota.  Despite still feeling unwell in the stomach we visited our old faithful La Puerta Falsa for a second round of Chocolate Santa ... Read more >

Day 137 - Bogota

Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | Views [222]

After a tasty jamon y queso croissant and tinto (small black coffee) from my favourite local hole in the way just down from the hostel, a group of us set out on the free street art tour of Bogota. Under the expertise of Colombian American artist, Rae ... Read more >

Day 136 - Bogota

Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | Views [227]

Up and about early Becky and I ventured to try out this little cafe recommended for Chocolate Santafe (or chocolate completo) and tamales - La Puerta Falsa. We indulged in our chocolate, cheese bread, cheese and bread and tamales for breakfast con chocolate ... Read more >

Day 135 - Bogota

Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | Views [218]

The bus from Medellin to Bogota was due to take around nine hours. While this one didn’t break down, it took at least 12. I think we may have been stopped at a FARC checkpoint for quite some time during the night. I will ask no questions and not ... Read more >

Day 134 - Medellin

Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | Views [179]

I decided I would take the overnight bus to Bogota at 10pm so spent the morning chilling at the hostel and packing before heading downtown via the bus station to grab my ticket. The Medellin Metro system really is world class. For about $1 per ticket ... Read more >

Day 133 - Medellin

Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | Views [212]

Woke up still feeling ill from the night before. Not sure whether it is a stomach bug or something food related but regardless it isn’t fun. That said, I was determined to try and get out and about and not waste a full day. While feeling ... Read more >

Day 132 - Medellin

Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | Views [224]

After another very early morning bedtime we dragged ourselves up an hour or two after getting into bed to make it on time to the free walking tour we had signed up for in Medellin. Feeling less than average we made our way through the four hour tour ... Read more >

Day 131 - Pablo Escobar Tour

Saturday, 18 Oct 2014 | Views [319]

Spent the best part of the day on the Paisa Road Pablo Escobar tour of Medellin. It was a fascinating experience and the insights, passion and painful stories shared by Nicholas and Paola, our hosts truly transformed my views about Escobar, cocaine ... Read more >

Day 130 - Parque Avi

Saturday, 18 Oct 2014 | Views [318]

Getting to bed just after sunrise we napped for a bit but were up again by 10am. Cooked up a breakfast feast in the Galleria hostel before moving to the hostel next door - Casa Kiwi. It was cheaper, had hammocks, a plunge pool and way better atmosphere ... Read more >

Day 129 - Medellin

Saturday, 18 Oct 2014 | Views [237]

We continued on what felt like the never-ending bus rider after the breakdown. Our transit journey began again at nearly 4am until we stopped again at 9am for breakfast. Feeling a bit shattered already we weren’t thrilled to discover that we still ... Read more >

Day 128 - Mission to Medellin

Saturday, 18 Oct 2014 | Views [279]

Made the most of some hammock time for the morning before leaving Elemento on the Motos back to Minca. The journey this time was far more enjoyable given we weren’t riding in torrential rain through a thunder storm! We stopped at this cute ... Read more >

Day 127 - More of Minca

Saturday, 18 Oct 2014 | Views [226]

Started our day again with breakfast on the hammock and a few coffees as we took on the view. I decided I needed to get out & explore Minca while the others were content to stay in the hammock all day so I went with one of the hostel staff ... Read more >

Day 126 - Casa Elemento

Saturday, 18 Oct 2014 | Views [250]

Awesome morning lazing in the big hammock, eating French toast & drinking fabulous Colombian coffee. We decided to get a group together and go on a trek to find the jungle hammock & check out the nearby coffee plantation. We found the jungle ... Read more >

Day 125 - Mission to Minca

Saturday, 18 Oct 2014 | Views [235]

Spent the morning in Santa Marta before getting a jeep to Minca. From Minca we then endured the moto taxi ride from hell in torrential rain, on muddy trails for about 45 minutes up to Casa Elemento. The tiny hostel tucked up in the mountains with the ... Read more >

Day 124 - Lost City Trek (Return to Santa Marta)

Saturday, 18 Oct 2014 | Views [308] | Comments [1]

We had a very slow morning at camp, relaxing in our hammocks & leaving at the leisurely time of 8am. The walk back to El Mamey wasn't too strenuous, just hot & uphill. That said because we were taking our time to get back we stopped for ... Read more >

Day 123 - Lost City Trek (Returning to Alfredo)

Saturday, 18 Oct 2014 | Views [251]

Being on the five day trek we said goodbye to our four day trekking friends and had a lazy, beautiful, hot stroll (albeit uphill) back to Camp Alfredo. Ian, Becky, Raz, Junio & I were all showered & relaxing by midday. It was perfect timing ... Read more >

Day 122 - Found the Lost City (Ciudad Perdida)

Saturday, 18 Oct 2014 | Views [259]

Another early, brisk but sticky, damp start to the day. All our stuff was still wet but we were all excited to find the Lost City so nobody was really too bothered for too long. We left around 6.15am and trekked for about 1.5 hours to what was the ... Read more >

Day 121 - Lost City Trek (Alfredo to Teyuna)

Saturday, 18 Oct 2014 | Views [609] | Comments [1]

Woke up cold for the first time in ages after a not very restful hammock slumber. We crossed Rio Buritaca a few times today. Shoes on & off & eventually shoes drenched. Everything drenched really as the water was waist deep & it rained most ... Read more >

Day 120 - Lost City Trek (El Mamey to Alfredo)

Saturday, 18 Oct 2014 | Views [232]

Looking down over Rio Buritaca from La Cabana Alfredo about 620m up in the Sierra Nevada we just completed Day 1 of the trek to Ciudad Perdida. We left hours after we meant to from Santa Marta & collected our 12 other Trekkers to travel in ... Read more >

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