Santa Marta beach
Santa Marta beach

We were glad to leave the chilly Andes for the hot and humid Caribbean coast!

Santa Marta marina
Santa Marta marina
Santa Marta marina
Santa Marta marina
Santa Marta church
Santa Marta church
Santa Marta
Santa Marta

We're feelin' the tropical vibe!

Santa Marta
Santa Marta

Juan Valdez Cafe

Santa Marta
Santa Marta

Facade of our hotel, Casa Leda

Santa Marta
Santa Marta

Interior of our hotel, Casa Leda

Santa Marta
Santa Marta

View from the roof terrace of our hotel, Casa Leda

Barlovento
Barlovento
Barlovento
Barlovento
Barlovento
Barlovento

Our bed over the crashing surf

Barlovento
Barlovento

The other side of the house faces the Rio Piedras estuary

Barlovento
Barlovento

The front of the house faces the beach, looking west to Tayrona Park

Barlovento
Barlovento

Coastline typical of Tayrona Park

Valledupar
Valledupar

On the east side of the Santa Marta mountains, Valledupar is in cattle and cowboy country

Valledupar
Valledupar

Home of accordian-driven Vallenato music

Valledupar
Valledupar

Mosaic of an accordian

Valledupar
Valledupar

Mosaic street sculpture

Valledupar
Valledupar

Main plaza

Valledupar
Valledupar

Famous mochilas (bags) made by the Arhuaco indians but used all over the country

Valledupar
Valledupar

Colorful mochilas (bags) made by the Wayuu indigenous group

Pueblo Bello
Pueblo Bello

Mules waiting to be loaded up with supplies before returning to Nabusimake

Pueblo Bello
Pueblo Bello

The view to Nabusimake located in the high mountain mist

Pueblo Bello
Pueblo Bello

Arhuaco man wearing the traditional dress

Pueblo Bello
Pueblo Bello

Arhuaco men

Pueblo Bello
Pueblo Bello

Seashells for lime collected on the Tayrona beaches. The crushed powder is carried in gourd containers and mixed in the mouth with coca leaves.

Poster of Arhuaco Man
Poster of Arhuaco Man

He is holding a poporo, a gourd container which holds powdered lime from crushed seashells. A man will dip the stick in the lime, put it in his mouth filled with coca leaves, then wipe the stick on the top of the gourd. The larger the deposit on the top of the gourd, the more wisdom the man is thought to have.

Cartagena
Cartagena

Pelican sculpture. Did you know a group of pelicans is called a scoop?

Cartagena
Cartagena

Castillo San Felipe de Barajas outside the city wall

Cartagena
Cartagena

Castillo San Felipe in the background, city wall called Las Muralles in the foreground

Cartagena - Old Town
Cartagena - Old Town

Inside the city wall - magnificent churches and colonial building

Cartagena
Cartagena

Chaotic traffic outside the Old Town walls. The lively neighborhood of Getsemaní and the affluent high rise peninsula of Bocagrande lie nearby.

Cartagena
Cartagena

Getsemaní, a working class quarter outside the walls. It is a lively neighborhood with a lot of affordable lodging options and hostels. Great nightlife too.

Getsemani Mural
Getsemani Mural
Lunchtime in Getsemani
Lunchtime in Getsemani
Cartagena
Cartagena

Las Bóvedas built into the city wall - in colonial days a dungeon and gunpowder storage area, today a craft market

Cartagena
Cartagena

Iglesia de San Pedro Claver

Cartagena
Cartagena

Horse and carriages for tourists. The clippety-clop of horses hooves are a common street sound.

Cartagena
Cartagena

Atmospheric street in Old Town

Cartagena
Cartagena

Atmospheric street in Old Town

Cartagena
Cartagena

Atmospheric street in Old Town

Cartagena
Cartagena

Bouganvillas blooming over colorful facads

Cartagena
Cartagena

Street mime with fish

Cartagena
Cartagena

Fruit vendors on the street

Cartagena
Cartagena

Refreshing juices - more kinds of fruit than you knew existed! Lulo and nispero are favorites!

Colombia arepas
Colombia arepas

Corn cakes with cheese

Cartagena
Cartagena

Delivering fresh tropical flowers to a wealthy private home

Cartagena
Cartagena

Upscale boutique hotels usually have pools, spas, and roof terraces. Some are built into the ruins

Cartagena
Cartagena

Hotel Sofitel Santa Clara built in a 17th century convent is perhaps the most ritzy hotel of them all