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Colombia
 

Colombia is a beautiful country with a lot of nature, flora and fauna from the Caribbean till to the Andes.

We explored following places.
Close to Santa Marta are the Parque Tairona and the Sierra Nevada with the highest mountain in Colombia.  Bahia Gayraca is one of the 5 beautiful bays, where only a few fisherman with their family live.

Cartagena de Indias is a city of many contrasts. Not at least of these is that between the Old City and the New.
The Old City or Walled City, El Centro is the fortified Spanish town that was so important to the Spanish Empire in the 16th through the 18th Century. Surrounded by its thick stone walls that required almost one hundred years to complete. This jewel of Spanish Colonial heritage contains plazas, churches, narrow streets and balconied houses in admirable states of preservation. In all its historical center sectors there are streets keeping the most beautiful expression of their colonial past, their architectural richness or the cultural dynamic and authenticity.
Outside the Old City lies another Cartagena rich in opportunities for entertainment, shopping and relaxing. To the south of the Walled City is the Bocagrande distinguished by high-rise buildings, the long city beach, extensive shops and lots of hotels.
To the east are its many late-night bars and dancing venues. Beyond these, over the Roman Bridge is the residential neighbourhood of Manga with the Club Nautico Marina and further along is Cartagenas’s port and its cruise ship docks.  

20 miles southwest of Cartagena are a group of small island called Islas del Rosario. The clear, clean water invites to have a swim, snorkel or dive. And this is a perfect place to clean the bottom of the boat from those thousands of barnacles and from the 2 m algaes on the waterline from the dirty water of Cartagena. Friendly fisherman sells lobster or fish.  

Around 110 miles of the coast from Nicaragua lies Isla de San Andrés. This is a duty-free-port and a tourist center for Colombians. There are good supermarkets and fine restaurants. The white sandy beaches invite for a swim in the crystal clear water. But there is only a few fish and some coral left. Exploring this 7 x 1.5 miles small island with a rented golf car was great fun.

Isla de Providencia lies about 50 miles north-northeast of Isla de San Andrés. Isla Santa Catalina is connected thru a colourful bridge. On this little beautiful island doesn't exist cars. The people live peaceful in their colourful houses. This nice island is great to rest, enjoy tranquillity and security.

 

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Camissa at Club Nautico anchorage on Manga Island, Cartagena

Sunrise at anchorage   Camissa at anchor

Even with this chain, thieves tried to steal the dingi Cleaning Camissa's waterline from algaes Algaes Beach on Manga Island

 

 

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