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... Street art and graffiti. With such a bloodied past and oppressive regimes and atrocities which have been carried out for decades and many claim still occur today, street art has long been seen as a voice of the masses and is often very political motivated. As far as our guide knew Colombia is the only country in the world where graffitting is not illegal. You cannot be arrested or put in prison for doing it even if caught in the act. the worst you will get is a fine and ...
... importance of these two towns by the size of their commercial harbor, where we docked in both cities. There were hundreds, maybe thousands, of cargo containers on the docks in Santa Marta, but many times that number in Cartagena.
The main claim to fame for Santa Marta seems to be that Simon Bolivar, the Great Liberator of South America, died there on December 17, 1830. The hacienda where he died, La Quinta de San ...
... about so the evening got real boring real fast. Vicki and I after a few failed attempts at games to pass the time excused our selves wand went off to our hammocks. More rain put us to sleep quickly. The walk back the next morning was not as hard as the way there but it was staring to get hot, again we got slaughtered by mozzies. We managed to get a cab with air con back to town for $1 more than the public bus so that was good. We just swam in the hostels pool all ...
... to put clothes in the freezer for days! Second lesson learned: don't travel with nice stuff. Just suck it up as buy some ****! Our second daytrip from Santa Marta took us about an hours drive (but only 14km) up the hill to a coffee farming town called Minca. It was located in a part of the Sierra Nevada national park and was really beautiful. It's the first really small town we've made it to and there was a big difference. The roads were terrible, (hence the hour ...
... br> The prettiest place we've visited so far. Fun hostel with some Saturday night salsa on the roof terrace! Part of the city is within walls (to keep out the French and British) where the buildings have been preserved in the old Spanish colonial style. A bit like York without the stag dos and rain!
This brings to an end the Colombian leg of our trip, from the north of Colombia we flew to Cali and are catching a bus to the Ecuadorian capital of Quito.