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Colombia, Cartagena
The sail to Colombia has a fearsome reputation; strong winds and disproportionately steep seas.  Many boats sustain damage on this trip, we were OK but glad to get to Cartagena.  On the way we saw something of the coast; Five Bays was beautiful.  Rodadero was pleasant although it was here that our dinghy and outboard were stolen.

Cartagena, where we stopped over the festive period, was a beautiful and ideal place to be at this time of year.  The old town was clean, safe and very pretty with good eating out at very low prices.  Highlights included a mud volcano, which was hundreds of feet deep but with the mud so deep that you could not sink if you tried, and having plenty of kids around for our crew to play with.  Colombia has an unenviable reputation, but it has been our favourite country to date with the most pleasant people.  Go if you get the chance!
Date(s): December 2006 - January 2007. Album by Gerard Coulson. Photos by Gerard Coulson. 1 - 128 of 128 Total. 5655 Visits.
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Clarabella en rte to Colombia

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Great sailing!

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We disappear behind a swell

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Approaching Five Bays, Colombia, under sail with a failed engine

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Tom Hoists Colombia

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Ricardo, a friendly local, waves goodbye!

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The beach at Five Bays

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The church, Sta Marta

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Sta Marta town square

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At anchor in Rodadero, last photo of our dinghy...

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Rodadero, Colombia, getting ready for Christmas.  Our dinghy and outboard were stolen here.

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Advent calendar time!

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The brown water is the run-off from the Rio Magdalena.  We are 10 miles out to sea!

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The blue is ocean, the brown is river water!

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We've crossed!

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J and R with Lin from Wild Orchid, at the Club de Pesca

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Jonty with Jo from Mystic Adventure, at a hilltop monastery

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Looking down over Cartagena

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Monica in the monastery's cloister

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Cloister

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The monastery chapel

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Murray takes a rest

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R with Jan from Decourcy Spirit

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Lovely...

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Grumpy man, grumpy sloth

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Grumpy man tries to prevent me taking a photo of grumpy sloth!

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A common sight in the city

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One of the forts near us

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At the fort

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Jand and Rebecca

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Dad, do I really have to pose...

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Close-up of a brick made from coral

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In an emerald workshop

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Colombia's first president's house

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Taken by Tom

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Sunset, Club de Pesca

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The old town at night

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Fishermen off the Cub de Pesca fort

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A trip to a mud volcano

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The mud, which is hundreds of feet deep supports you!

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G looks on for photos

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Here we go...!

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Here we are!  R stayed out!

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After a rinse off

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Cartagena old town

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City walls

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J, by the naval museum

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A local lass

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Jewellry sellers by the city wall

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Horse tours

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Here we go!

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Old town 1

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Old town 2

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Old town 3

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Old town 4

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on tour

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Old town 5, lovely Christmas lights

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Old town 7

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In the church of San Pedro

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Local dancing - see video clip

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Even the tourist shops are pleasant

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With Henrik and Nina from Bika

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A typical street scene

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A street in the old town

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eyeballs

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or how about a pig trotter

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Banana anyone...

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Horse tours in the old town

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The resident toucan in the hotel Sta Clara

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The hotel, we had tea here

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Christmas Day 1

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NB the decorations!

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Christmas Day 2

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Christmas Day 3

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Christmas Day 4

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Christmas Day 5

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Tom with his treasred Mexican Train Dominoes

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Beccy's open last - Mr Potato head

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Christmas Day 6

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Tom's open last

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The Gloria

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Looking over Boca Grande, Cartagena

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Plenty of kids to play with

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New Year

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Clarabella is dressed overall

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Firends celebrate New Year on Meta

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Eric, from Meta

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One of the old churches in Cartagena

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The anchorage

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View of anchorage from fort

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The 'blue screen of death' many hours of work follow

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Leaving Cartagena

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Baru, south of Cartagena

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