So after leaving Bogota I headed towards the Caribbean coast and I can`t tell you how excited I was about getting there and also I was indeed of some R&R because the past couple of months have been more less none stop travelling only a day here and at most 3/4 days in a one place so the thought of chilling out on a beach doing nothing apart from having the odd beer and working on the old tan ratter exciting.
So my first stop was a place called Cartagena and the book of lies about Colombia aka lonely planet talked about how this was a little a fairy tale city and the old town was like stepping back into time. So I got off the bus AND no-one asked me where I would like to have been dropped off and after spending 20+ hours on a bus this was the last thing I wanted but I asked this really nice old lady where about I was and how to get to my hostel. She kindly took me to her house and gave me breakfast then took to my hostel, this was my high light of this place. I don't know if I was expecting too much from Cartagena but it was pants!!!!! the hostel that I picked which everyone talks about was the worse one I've stayed in yet, nobody spoke and the people that ran it was seedy as. I did however go to this cool mud volcano where you just swim about in mud for about an hour.
So at this point I had hooked back up with my Irish mates and we headed tosan martinjust 4 hours away fromCartagena, can I tell you how nice it was to a have a bus ride that was only 4 hours instead of the normally 16+.
San martin is where all of the rich Colombia folk come to for their holidays and I couldn't really see why??? The beach front was nice but next to a big fishing dock but still I couldn't complain as I was on the Caribbean coast and it was blue sky's each day instead of the rain I was used to back home. Only stayed here for a few days before heading to Taganga. I fell in love with this small little fishing village. My normally day went something went like this;-)
woke up to a view of the bay round about 9ish, headed off to the pool for a wee swim before breakfast, then chilled about the hostel for a while before heading down to the beach to work on the old tan once again, then back to the hostel for dinner then maybe a few beers or a DVD, yes is a hard life that I lead right now.
I was only planning to spend a few days here and chill before the lost city trek which I will get to later but I ended up spending almost 4 weeks of and on here. I took in xmas and new year in here, new year was just like new year back home but xmas was quite different .
So I woke up xmas morning with a little bit of a hangover as went out xmas eve and had one of my best night out in SA so far.. So back to xmas, woke up and headed down to the beach for pancakes and coffee ( don't know why I going into so much detail but I am) so went back and phoned the folks was nice to head them then headed of back to the beach. Could you believe this but it rained, first day I've seen rain in weeks and it was on xmas day whist on the beach but there was no stopping us we had to get into the sea as how offend can you say that you were swimming in Caribbean sea on xmas day, also we decided to have a couple of beers on the beach and noticed a banana boat. I've never been on a banana boat before so where better to do than here and man it was fun but I did expect it to be quite a bit faster. So after a few hours on the beach we headed back to the hostel, now the hostel owner told us he was putting on this great xmas dinner but it was pants and well rank, this put everyone on a bit of a downer but that soon changed as we figured out where most of xmas dinner money on, and that was free rum all night long and he had sorted out a this live salsa band which we playing next to the pool. This was one funny night, at 7am we decided that it was time to jump in the swimming to cool down abit.
So to wrap up my Caribbean coast trip. It's just how you picture it on the TV, people don't doing much apart from playing loud music outside their houses and drinking beer.
I'm sooooooooooooooooooooo coming backhere