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Travel Blogs from Taganga
We had read about a minibus service from Cartagena to Santa Marta that brought you direct from hostel to Hostel and since Cartagena's main bus station is a good bit outside the city decided it would be a good option to take. The van had aircon but unfortunately for us did not reach our seats at the back and spent 5 hours feeling like death before …
Taganga is a tiny fishing village with a reputation for cheap diving which has brought in the tourists. The town hasn't coped too well with the increase in people (take a look at the photo of one of the roads) - the beach was crowded and litter strewn with cheesy tunes blaring out from various cafes along the beach (similar to touristy …
... hour on Mojitos, huge cinema room, pool. I had heard that Colombia was a cheap place to learn to Scuba dive, so decided to find out more, on arriving at the hostel, the manager made a phone call to an instructor who was going to visit the hostel in 20 minutes to chat about the open water scuba course. Andres turned up, we talked about the course the cost, 600,000 Colombian Pesos around 190 GBP, saying I could start that afternoon. I had no plans as such ...
... under the clear blue water. I spend 4 days exploring the maze while I complete my advanced diving course with a very incompetent French girl who manages to drop my weight belt in the ocean, smash the instructor in the head with her tank, and get lost underwater in the navigational exercises 5 times in a row. Never the less it's a great few days with a great team of divers and characters. The course includes a free-diving introduction, a growing sport that takes you to the depth ...
... usually slide on my butt, but it was really scary as my daypack would catch on the rock and tip me forward,, in some cases towards chasms 50’ deep with a minute slab of rock stretched across – if you slid down and missed that – doesn’t bear thinking about!
The path is about 90% over rock & roots and was really difficult, especially as lot of pressure was on the dodgy knees, much as I tried to find handholds to take some of the strain. ...
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