Top 6 Things to Do in Colombia – Caribbean Coast Edition
Cartagena is truly one of the world’s most beautiful colonial cities. The fortified city was used to fight off the Spaniards and gain independence for the new world country of Gran Colombia (what used to be Ecuador, Venezuela, Panama, northern Peru, the northwest of Brazil and Colombia.) It’s colonial architecture is enchanting, and has been the backdrop to many stories, including Gabriel Garcias Marquez famous Love in the Time of Cholera. It’s a beautiful city, with a grand history. Definitely worth checking out – just be prepared for the heat.Read More »
Ciudad Perdida is Colombia’s most famous hike, and rightfully so.
The four day jungle trek which brings you from Colombian civilization, through Kogi villages, across pristine rivers, and finally to the soaring views of Colombia’s lost city is a truly remarkable experience.
My trip to Ciudad Perdida began by happenstance.Read More »
Mountain biking in Colombia isn’t always like it is back home in Canada.
First of all, we don’t have trails in Canada that end at the Caribbean.
Secondly, I have yet to find a mountain bike trail in Canada that has 2000m of decent.Read More »
Mountain biking Colombia ‘s newest trail, The Darkside, last week with my friends from Elemento Outdoor was a true mountain biker’s dream.Read More »
The mountain biking in Colombia is in its infancy. Especially in the Sierra Nevadas where Scotsman Tom Wilkinson has started Elemento Outdoor, a mountain biking tour company. Tom wants to change all of this, however. He sees huge opportunity in the sun kissed green hills above Santa Marta, Colombia. These hills, just ten short years ago, were controlled by paramilitary groups, and were a ‘no-go zone’ for tourists and locals alike. They left, however, a series of trails that are perfect for mountain biking.Read More »
“In the beginning there was nothing but the sea. The sea was the mother. All was dark, no sun, no moon, no people, no plants or animals. The mother was only spirit, thoughts and memories. Then mother sea gave birth to the great mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. From these sacred peaks all things came into being, and the world began.”Read More »
This one’s for all of the rock climbers/boulderers out there. I’m not a climber. In fact I have problems climbing stairs never mind a rock face, but I have a lot of friends who are passionate about this beautiful sport. While hiking along the beaches of Tayrona I saw some amazing boulders, and thought to myself “this place is truly a boulderers paradise”. This thought was in between “dios mio it’s hot here” and “this is paradise”. Soooo, if anyone wants to come to Colombia for a visit, I’d gladly spot you on these beaches. And by spot I mean lie on the beach, with a beer, gawking at your skills from under a palm tree. I know; I’m a good friend. You can thank me when you arrive.
Another one of the beaches I walked on yesterday. The hike was about 2.5 hours of reasonably easy hiking along beaches and through jungle trails. I stopped for snorkeling at this beach – La Piscina. The coral and fishes here were a beautiful site. A highlight of a highlight filled day.
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You can see six of the band members here, which was just over half of the band.
Enjoy this clip I took of just how awesome and random an eleven piece Belgium brass band on the beach can be!
Abrazos!Read More »
Our crazy 18 year-old Colombian guide, Oscar, climbing a tree that weighs less than I do to grab some guayabas (fruit) for us.
Yes, he’s crazy. This is Oscar going all Tarzan on us. Later in the day he stood on the frame of his bike, with no hands, while going downhill at about 30kms an hour. Si, loco.
Our Scottish guide, Tom, who has been mountain biking in Colombia with Elemento for a while. The donkey let out a pretty big “eeooorrr” while we were there. Tried to catch it on video, but wasn’t quick enough. On top of crazy donkey excitement, we also had picked some wild mandarins from the tree at this stop. Yes, wild mandarins.
Here’s Oscar heading home with his bike, on the back of a motorbike. Hell of a rider coming down, but apparently didn’t want to ride up the hill to get home.