Santa Marta beach
Santa Marta beach

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

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

We're feelin' the tropical vibe!

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Santa Marta
Santa Marta

Juan Valdez Cafe

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Santa Marta
Santa Marta

Facade of our hotel, Casa Leda

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Santa Marta
Santa Marta

Interior of our hotel, Casa Leda

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Santa Marta
Santa Marta

View from the roof terrace of our hotel, Casa Leda

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Barlovento
Barlovento
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Barlovento
Barlovento
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Barlovento
Barlovento

Our bed over the crashing surf

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Barlovento
Barlovento

The other side of the house faces the Rio Piedras estuary

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Barlovento
Barlovento

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

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Barlovento
Barlovento

Coastline typical of Tayrona Park

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Valledupar
Valledupar

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

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Valledupar
Valledupar

Home of accordian-driven Vallenato music

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Valledupar
Valledupar

Mosaic of an accordian

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Valledupar
Valledupar

Mosaic street sculpture

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Valledupar
Valledupar

Main plaza

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Valledupar
Valledupar

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

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Valledupar
Valledupar

Colorful mochilas (bags) made by the Wayuu indigenous group

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Pueblo Bello
Pueblo Bello

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

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Pueblo Bello
Pueblo Bello

The view to Nabusimake located in the high mountain mist

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Pueblo Bello
Pueblo Bello

Arhuaco man wearing the traditional dress

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Pueblo Bello
Pueblo Bello

Arhuaco men

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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.

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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.

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Cartagena
Cartagena

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

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Cartagena
Cartagena

Castillo San Felipe de Barajas outside the city wall

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Cartagena
Cartagena

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

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Cartagena - Old Town
Cartagena - Old Town

Inside the city wall - magnificent churches and colonial building

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Cartagena
Cartagena

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

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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.

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

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

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Cartagena
Cartagena

Iglesia de San Pedro Claver

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Cartagena
Cartagena

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

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Cartagena
Cartagena

Atmospheric street in Old Town

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Cartagena
Cartagena

Atmospheric street in Old Town

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Cartagena
Cartagena

Atmospheric street in Old Town

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Cartagena
Cartagena

Bouganvillas blooming over colorful facads

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Cartagena
Cartagena

Street mime with fish

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Cartagena
Cartagena

Fruit vendors on the street

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Cartagena
Cartagena

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

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Colombia arepas
Colombia arepas

Corn cakes with cheese

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Cartagena
Cartagena

Delivering fresh tropical flowers to a wealthy private home

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Cartagena
Cartagena

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

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Cartagena
Cartagena

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

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