Paragliding

Paragliding

Our first week in Colombia seems like so long ago now I can hardly believe it. Way back in February, Sam and I flew from the UK to Colombia to kick off our five month trip in South America. The trip was the biggest adventure of my life, and the adventures…

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Sailing the Amazon River – Part Two

Amazon River

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

Amazon River

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

Salento

12th March 2014 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…

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Arriving in Salento

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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Sante Fe Zoo in Medellin

Medellin - zoo

  10th March 2014 On our second morning in Medellin, the disasters we encountered the day before continued. After an hour’s journey on the metro and cable cars through the uglier end of the city, we reached the station for the tourist cable cars to Parque Arvi – a national…

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A Disappointing First Day in Medellin

Medellin - Jardin Botanico

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 - Mud Volcano

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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