Small Fishing Village!!!

Trip Start Dec 12, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Inbetween the countless wary military checkpoints, the sun beat down strongly on our unslept, unshowered body, but we didnt care as out the window was the most beautiful scenery. Small mountains rising up and down, shielded the road in with its thick green jungle and numerous wild banana trees. In the background was huge towering mountains that were home of Sierra Navada, containing Colombia's highest peak, rising over 5,400m. We literally are traveling through lush beauty that slowly passes before our eyes as the bus eases onwards into Colombia. Definitely very excited about seeing this country! I cant help but feel like I am trying the forbidden fruit as we push further and further in!

We arrived at Santa Marta, and successfully took money out, which is a nice change from Venezuela! Immediately caught a taxi to Taganga for 6,000 Pesos (approx 3AUD). Taganga is located 15 minutes north west of Santa Marta and is a smaller alternative. Taganga is a small fishing village filled with hippies and fishermen, in a beautiful horseshoe bay, flanked by hills on all sides, segregating it from its bigger brother. The road in comes up over one of the hills on the west side and provides you an excellent view of the village. Fishing boats line the sparkling water, and palm trees line its coast. We got the taxi driver to stop so we could take some pictures, hehe! Upon arrival we walked around searching for a hostel, but everything was a tad too expensive (we didnt wanna pay 7AUD for one night), so we managed to find someone's own property that they made some rooms out of for only 10,000 peos (5AUD). We checked in and went back down to the front dirt road lining the cove. There we found a beautifully relaxed life style where hutts line the beach playing loud latin music at full blast, serving all kinds of local food ...and ofcourse lots of freshly caught fish! Its pretty cheap here, and it doesnt take much to imagine what la fiesta's would be like! Im looking forward to relaxing here!!

For dinner we had a pizza that was quite delish! And a few beers on the beach before collapsing for the night! Tomorrow weŽll be sussing out Ciudad Perdida and Spanish lessons as its a perfect place to settling down for a couple of weeks I think!

On the 5th I awoke a bit home sick, as I had a dream that I was back at home with my friends and family, eating a home cooked meal. The feelings and experiences were so familiar to me, and when the reality hit in as I awoke that I was so far away from this, it left me feeling a little sad...

Today I headed into Santa Marta to scout what the situation was with Ciudad Perdida ('Lost City'), prices and the saftey of the trek. Carsten was only going to be in this area of town for a week, so we thought we would do that first before settling down to study Latin Spanish. Apparently the area has a heavy Military influence here now, in responce to the Guerilla activity further south in the Sierra Navada (the S.N. is where the Lost City is). There has been a couple of kidnappings here lately, but apparently its safe enough to do the trek. Bugger it, lets do it!! We found the cheapest option that we could get, which was good because there were a few other people on it as well and we got the good long trip option for only 450,000 pesos, from the 600,000 it normally costs... Our guide is an old 'Gold Digger' in the area in the 70's we found out. But I know exactly what 'Gold Digger' means in that decade in the Sierra Navada area, haha! Ciudad Perdida was only discovered in the mid 70's from tomb raiders, and fortune hunters. We also were to find out a few days later in the trip, that he was Kidnapped a couple of years ago by Guerilla groups and held hostage along with a couple of tourists...!!

That night we accidently bumped into the crazy Italian bloke and we found out that he would also be joining us tomorrow on the same tour. We drank a couple of beers at the hostel before heading out to a pub, accompanied with 2 prostitutes hanging off the Italian guys arms, haha! The night was average, but was funny seeing the Italian guy dancing with his 2 new senorita's, costing him 50,000 pesos (25AUD) haha... It was time to go after one of them handed me a girl and said "this ones yours for the night", haha, obviously making it clear that I will not be making any purchases, the Belgium guys, matty and I left and called it a night.

Tomorrow the trek to Ciudad Perdida (Lost City) starts! Im excited...
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