Been so so lazy updating this blog so will try and recap the last four weeks in short.
After Bogota we went to a beautiful little colonial town called Villa De Leyva. It reminded Dan and I of something out of Mask of Zorro with a big main square and all white washed buildings. We stayed there for maybe four days and stayed at an amazing hostel where the owner Marta was a complete legend couldnt do enough for us and she loved Danny she kept kissing him. Funny that she could not speak a single word of English but we tried our best. The weather was nice and the first day we went a 5 hour trek. The rest of the time we pretty much bummed about. We met an old American hippy who took us out for dinner and talked about his mental life for about 5 hours. Enlightening!
Next we got a very long bus 20 hours or something to the coast to a place called Santa Marta - bit of a cheesy seaside town. Tacky shops and not a very nice beach. We used this as a stop off place to visit the national park which was unbelievable. Complete paradise where we slept in hammocks near the beach. We had to do a mammoth jungle trek to get there but it was definately worth it. I was on spider alert! The water was completely clear and really hot. We stayed at the park for one night and got the boat back the next.
Next we went to a place called Taganga, again a bit of a s***hole seaside town but we just went there to party pretty much. The hostel we stayed in was really cool and we didnt really do much but go out clubbing. We met a really nice Ozzy girl and guy and hung about with them for most of the time.
Next we went to another Colonial town called Cartegena. Really beautiful place with old walls surrounding it. We went out for some really nice food there and one of the nights our hostel had a party which was pretty mental think Dan was up until 7 next day. We met a Scottish guy Kevin at our hostel from Paisley who could speak Fluent Spanish so we latched on to him and took an overnight bus ride to Medellin.
Medellin was a really cool city, much better than Bogota. We walked around the first day and then took a Pablo Escabar tour the next. Really interesting hearing about the city´s violent past. Can´t believe its the same place now. Really modern and quite European.We partied a couple nights in Medellin. One of the days I went with another girl to Guatape and El Penol. Scenery was absolutely unbelievable. Dan was too hungover. Had the best fish I´ve ever had.
Next we travelled south by bus to a place called Salento with Scottish Kev and another Canadian girl Leigh. Salento is in the coffee growing region of Colombia and we stayed on a coffee plantation farm. The town was really sweet. It looked like something out the old west and all the guys wore cowboy hats and pashmina things and they had old snooker halls. We went trekking to the Valley de Cocoara one of the days which has strange wax palm trees everywhere on the hills. Amazing scenery. We also took a coffee tour while we were there.
Next was our epic journey to Peru - 7 buses 3 taxis, 48 hours 2 hemispheres, 3 countrys and 2 borders. We were so so happy to see the beach (and showers) when we arrived.