Santa Marta

Trip Start Jan 01, 2001
Trip End Dec 28, 2010

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

- Set off this morning as we wanted and our first stop was to a volcano, it was only a little one about 15 m tall but is a very unusual one. We were able to go swimming in it, well almost, we could not really swim just float. It is actually a mud volcano with thick, glutinous and warm. We got into our bathers and walked up a set of stairs to the top where they have made some stairs to let you get in. There is no bottom to the mud but it is impossible to sink in it, it is hard enough trying to get it to cover your body. It is supposed to be therapeutic, but even if not it felt good anyway. Once finished we had to walk down the stairs and then to the nearby lake to wash off the mud. From here we carried on to the town of Santa Marta, it is not that far from the Venezuelan border but we were advised that this crossing, which we had intended to take, was currently dangerous and so the only way we could see this town was to drive north and then backtrack. On arrival we found it a maze of streets again and so asked where there was a secure parking place and we got someone to show us, we followed him on his motorbike. It turns out it is a locked yard that has buses and small trucks overnight and is supposed to be only 10 minutes walk from the centre.
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