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11. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 984 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I'm in Santa Marta right now...It certainly is the most organized of the Caribbean cities. And the ocean is blue...not brown like crap hole Cartagena. Taganga, where I dove this morning, is a VERY caribbean style town where the streets are all dirt and none of them are straight. I have discovered the WORLD'S GREATEST SANDWICH JOINT there. Called La Baguette. These things are ridiculous. The place is starting to shape up like Utila, with 14 dive shops competing. I just spent an hour and a half on top of one of the mountains surrounding Taganga watching a spectacular sunset. It really is worthwhile...

And this is where all the dreadlocks/clownpants set are hanging out in Colombia, selling their little wristband deals, making muesli and couscous, and sharing bananas cut into sixths. There is quite a little hippy commune hanging around there.

All in all, Santa Marta is three towns...Rodadero...which is mostly families from Bogota and Medellin vacationing, Santa Marta...The business centre, but with a decent beach(which I am looking at right now) and the port for the daily Cruise Ships...and Taganga, a bohemian enclave with a much younger diver set slowly, inexorably supplanting the fishermen who used to be the bread and butter of the town

All three towns are starved for a real pub though....Irishmen,where the hell are you??


12. Posted by i c e (Full Member 326 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Okay, first things first. Were blowing it! The more that people read about how 'wonderful' Colombia is the more people will go there, the more likely it will be another Costa Rica, the more likely Colombia will become Americanized. So let's start telling every one how horribly dangerous it is. Heck it wouldn't be lieing (that much).

But seriously..... I spent the summer there and will be returning in about 4-6 weeks (freakin can't wait!). It is really a pearl of a country, so rare. Like someone said earlier in the post Suesca Rocks (no pun intended). Bogota is amazing. (check out my photos at the ice experience). It is by far the best country I have been to in Latin America hands down.

I would mention (as I have before) that I was robbed at knife point in the hostle area of Bogota by a couple of teens. So watch out.

La vida de viaje es Cheverre,


13. Posted by remarcable (Respected Member 335 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Well I am psyche to go!

Has anyone travelled around June? Granted, it's their winter. I am wondering if the weather would impact my experience.


14. Posted by i c e (Full Member 326 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Yes I went in late june early july. It did rain a lot. But I'm a rainy kind of guy so I liked it. It usually was a light rain (other than a few downpoars) and didn't last long. The weather in Bogota was 'freezing' for them but perfect for me, cool but not cold.

Another note; I recently read a news paper article saying that (I quote) "Colombia remains, perhaps the most dangerous country in the world." And that the FARC still hae about 8000 troops.



15. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 984 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Well, I just got my clock cleaned by an ENTIRE family this afternoon, with one guy creasing my scalp with a Coke bottle over and over again, so I guess it CAN be pretty dangerous.

That's what I get for trying the cazuela


16. Posted by i c e (Full Member 326 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Are you serious?!?!? How horrible. What happened? Where were you? What did they get?
Are you Okay?
Can you post the details? (seperat thread)

Hope your okay,


17. Posted by Benito2k (Budding Member 37 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I cannot wait to go to Colombia. From reading blogs it sounds like a terrific place to visit.

Piecar - that doesn't sound good :( Where were you when it happened?

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 12, 2009, at 1:05 AM by Benito2k ]

18. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 984 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Santa Marta...on the beach. In my swim trunks, eating cazuela

Quite a dust up really.

But it was a fluke. Have fun in Colombia.


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