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Colombia - Cartagena

33 °C

We've been hanging out for some wamer weather, after months of travel through mountainous, high altitude terrain. You can't get much hotter than Cartagena on the Caribbean coast, it's the sort of place where a siesta is mandatory. The gorgeous walled in colonial centre sits surrounded by water, and is perfect for wandering through the old narrow streets, and finding shady spots in the many plazas. Luckily on our first day, the sun stayed behind the clouds allowing us to explore and walk around the old town on top of the wall, without melting! In the cooler evening, we enjoyed a nice dinner at La Cocina de Carmela, I (Lucy) recommend the vegetarian plate full of all their tasty sides!

Cartagena is the most visited destination in Colombia, with the largest number of tourists we've seen in months. Therefore there are lots of people targeting tourists, constantly trying to speak to you in the streets, sell you things or take you to 'their bar'. This can get pretty annoying, but the charm of the city fortunately pulls through, and we enjoyed a few days here. One nice character of the town are the men who wander the streets with baskets full of thermoses, offering cafesitos small coffees and aromaticas herbal teas (with lots of sugar), in thimble-sized cups, perfect for sipping on the go.

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Something we definately hadn't done before was swim in a mud volcano. The Volcán Totumo is about an hour from Cartagena, and is actually only a mound 15m tall, but over 2,300m deep. Luckily you float, so there's no risk of ending up a few hundred metres underground! So we jumped on into the soft clay like substance which makes you feel almost weightless once you're in...a very strange sensation. After soaking, floating, and absorbing all the natural minerals the mud supposedly contains, we waddled to the nearby river to have a swim and wash off the thick clay. Definately worth a visit if you're in the area.

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Posted by TheNomadWay.com 16:00 Archived in Colombia

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