Cartegena welcomed us with open arms on the eve of Immaculate Conception (a national holiday in Colombia celebrated on the 8th of December). The fiesta happens the night before the holiday when candles are lit and families gather (apparently to drink). From the moment we arrived, the old colonial city pulled us in. While we
One week in and it was time to hit the beach. After dealing with a deluge of rain, we were happy to see sunshine the first morning we woke up in Santa Marta. Santa Marta is a holiday town – it’s where Colombians come to get their sun and sand. We found ourselves at a
It’s been raining for the first week of our trip. And while it’s a drag to have bad weather dampen our travels, it’s a real tragedy for the people living next to the flooded rivers and lakes. From the relative comfort of our bus from Merida to Maracaibo (at the top of the overflowing Lake
Sadly we are leaving Venezuela earlier than planned. We would have liked to stay longer, but we’ve run out of money – well not really, it’s just we can’t get to it in this country. Venezuela has two issues with money. The first is that the black market trades at almost twice the bank rate.
Merida is well known in the travel world as South America’s capital for adventure sports. You’ve got your pick of thrills from paragliding, to trekking, to rafting, to canyoning. We chose the latter, a sport where you follow a river down a canyon doing whatever needs to be done to stay on course – namely
Expectations can creep up on you. Sometimes, you don’t even realize you have them and then blammo, there they are not being met. Take for example our bus trip from Caracas to Merida. We didn’t really blink when the bus left an hour late, we just chalked it up to living on Latin time. And
Caracas, Venezuela, 6 million people and drowning (already 30 deaths due to flooding). Lucky for us we missed the worst of it. Hard to complain about when all we lost was a few hours of sleep due to the high winds that kept us from landing in Caracas. We touched down on the tiny Caribbean
One couple´s last minute dash to the airport after delays courtesy of the Brazilian consulate.
The packing has begun and the first thing we check for is that all of the medications in our travel first aid kit are still up to date. Luckily, we don’t have much need for Pepto Bismal and Imodium except when we hit the road so those do expire. Aside from the usual suspects (Advil,
The plane tickets are secured and the countdown is officially on. We’re off to South America for a 4 – 5 month long affair. We have a rough plan; a few flights will take us the longer distances (see red arrows) but in between these scheduled flights it’s all up to whatever chance brings. We