After finally making my way out of Cartagena with the motorcycle in the shop for repairs, I headed off in a bus up to Santa Marta. I'm going to go a little bit out of order here because I spent a couple days in Santa Marta, then headed off to the jungle on a four day hike to Ciudad Perdida, and then returned to Santa Marta, so I'm going to go ahead and cover all of Santa Marta here, and then go back and talk about Ciudad Perdida.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Finally done with paperwork, with the bike dropped off, it was time to enjoy Cartagena. Only problem was that I was tired out, and it was unbearably hot during the day in Cartagena. I ended up spending quite a bit of my time during the day relaxing and doing nothing, but the nights were perfect weather for wandering around the streets.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
I arrived in Cartagena knowing I'd probably be spending a while there - I had all the paperwork to do, and I had to get some parts and repairs to get the bike back in shape after the accident. So before I got a chance to enjoy the city much, I spent a few days taking care of business.
Monday, January 25, 2016
It was a strange feeling, getting on a bus. Even though almost everyone I'd met or traveled with in the past few months was riding buses constantly, I'd only been on a few. And more, each time I'd been on one, it was to go somewhere and return, not to actually get somewhere.
But now, I was bike-less.
But now, I was bike-less.
Saturday, January 16, 2016
I hadn't made any plans yet for crossing the Darien Gap - everything I'd heard basically said that you can't really do it until you get there, because you never know when things will change. I'd been kind of dreading it because it was such an unknown in my travels, but as it turns out, that wasn't the thing that would mess with my plans.
Friday, January 15, 2016
When I first found out Dan and Clement were in Boquete, I decided to stay two days. Once I found out they were doing the Volcano hike the night after that, I went ahead and extended to join them for that. And while it was an amazing hike, it was exhausting as well. But between that, and the waterfall hike the day after, I got to see a lot of the local beauty in Boquete.
I'd chosen Boquete for New Years because it seemed smaller and a little bit more chill, and sure enough it fit that perfectly. But even better, my travel buddies Dan and Clement had ended up there as well, and the hostel was full of cool people to meet and go off on the numerous activities in the area.