RACHETE Maryse y Serge

A great journey in Colombia !

Friday, February 3, 2017
Number of days: 
21
Overall Rating: 
5
Value for money: 
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Average: 5 (1 vote)
Relationship with your advisor: 
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Average: 5 (1 vote)
Travel documents and information: 
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Average: 4 (1 vote)
Accommodations: 
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Average: 4 (1 vote)
Food and Restaurants: 
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Local transport: 
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Guides and Activities: 
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Punctuality of services: 
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Average: 4 (1 vote)
Our Commitment towards sustainable tourism: 
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A highly varied journey, off the beaten track in the Caribbean area and two magnificent islands: San Andrés and Providencia for a real change of scenery, far away from the crowds: coconut palms, deserted beaches and unforgettable seabed."
(Translated from French) We really appreciated meeting our hosts in the Finca Santa Elena. Carlos escorted us on a magnificent trek in the Sierra Nevada. His parents have opened their finca to us and meticulously prepared delicious meals. Their kindness and their hospitality really moved us. The descent of the river Palomino was truly a moment of happiness thanks to the nature's magnificence. The discovery of Nueva Venecia and its fishermen is surprising ... The people living there thoroughly radiate joy. We would have liked to stay longer in Mompox, charming and authentic timeless town. In any case Aventure Colombia was able to organize us a very pleasant custom-made trip, from our suggestions, combining cities and villages discovery, water sports, treks, nature strolls and meeting fishermen, farmers and native tribes.
Main destinations visited by RACHETE Maryse y Serge
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Cartagena de Indias
Cartagena is located at the beachfront on the Caribbean coast; it is the capital of Bolívar Department. Founded in 1533 by Pedro de Heredia, Cartagena is the 5th largest city in Colombia. It is surrounded by a great wall that used to protect from the pirates invasions. Its architecture includes beautiful colonial houses and picturesque streets intoxicated by tropical fruit and delicious sea breeze contributing to the charm of this famous city. It is considered the most beautiful colonial city in South America. The nights of Cartagena, are illuminated by colors that contrast with its colonial history and, making of it the ideal destination for romantics. The city is divided into two parts, the old town or "ciudad amurallada" and a more modern area full of skyscrapers , " Boca Grande ". Surrounded by beaches, you find mainly hotels and shopping centers there.

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The Tayrona Park
Located between Santa Marta and Ríohacha on the Caribbean Coast, the Tayrona National Park is one of the most visited natural parks in Colombia. This place hosts a wide variety of animal and plant species. The altitude varies from 0 to 900 meters inside the park. Of the 15,000 acres of the park, 3000 acres are marine areas. Many activities can be done in this region: hiking, enjoying the many beautiful beaches, museum visits, archeological ruins such as the "Pueblito Chairama" or scuba diving... The region offers a landscape of tropical jungle and lush vegetation. The residents are mostly mixed race and make a living on tourism and fishing. Also, the park has numerous sacred places belonging to the Indigenous people of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Amongst the different animal species to be found there are: Mammals such as the lynx, and different species of monkey (howler, titi, cappuccino) Birds (toucan, eagle...) and more than 70 species of butterfly... Reptiles (alligators...) Underwater species: sea sponges, crustaceans, mollusks, coral, colorful fish, etc.

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The Rosario and San Bernardo Islands
The Rosario and San Bernardo Islands were declared National Natural Park in order to protect important marine life and coral reefs in the Caribbean.

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La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
The highest coastal mountain in the world. 22 km only separate the vertices of the Caribbean Sea. Its highest peak is the Colon peak, which rises up to 5775 meters

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Mompox
Located in the north of Colombia, in the Bolivar department, Mompós is also called the "Savanna Caribbean". It is one of the most precious jewels of the colonial time. It is also declared as a World Heritage by UNESCO. This city was founded in 1537 by the Spanish conquistadors. This city has the particularity of being surrounded by water because it is located on an island in the middle of the river Magdalena, and has a beautiful colonial architecture. The religious city, Mompós is also the birthplace of Cumbia and the place where Gabriel García Márquez found the inspiration to create all his literary work.

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Palomino
Palomino is located in the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta. This town is near to the crystal clear water of the Palomino River. This river comes down from the height of the Sierra Nevada before flowing into the Caribbean Sea.

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San Andres and Providencia
The group of islands of San Andres, Providence and Santa Catalina form a department of Colombia in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, 775 km from the Nord-east coast. The capital of this department is San Andrés. These places are considered the most beautiful beaches of Colombia and even of the Caribbean. Also, the archipelago has been declared a marine biological reserve and the National Natural Park Old Providence McBean Lagoon, which has been created to protect their biodiversity. There are approximately 70 554 inhabitants in the archipelago. The main language is Creole, Sanadresano, Spanish and English and the reggae culture is very important in this place. In fact, San Andres Island is a main tourist place of the Latin American continent. Besides, Providence Island is much more typical than San Andrés, actually, by law their buildings are limited to two levels and it must to be made through the local style. This island has more wildlife, vegetation and natural places: beaches, mountains, lakes for diving...

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Santa Marta
This city is the capital of the department of Magdalena; Santa Marta is located on the Caribbean coast of the North of Colombia, between Barranquilla and Riohacha. The city is a good connection if you are making a circuit in the country thanks to its airport and its location in the Caribbean coast. It is one of the most touristic cities of the coast. Its location, between the Sierra Nevada and the Caribbean coast, makes this city very attractive, especially when you consider the wide variety of fauna and flora represented there. Do not forget the historical and cultural heritage of Santa Marta, for example the colonial architecture and monuments such as the Basilica of Santa Marta, which is a one of the most important tourist destination on the Caribbean coast. As a Caribbean city, Santa Marta has suffered from repetitive British, French and Dutch attacks for a long time. The city is steeped in history and legends. Among them, one says that the Santa Marta´s Cathedral contains the heart of the famous Simón Bolívar, hidden somewhere.

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My impressions of Colombia

It is a magnificent country. We only saw a small part and really wish to come back in order to discover other facets of this very big country. What´s impressive is the diversity of its landscapes and all the activities that we can practise there thanks to the presence of mountains, sea, rivers. It is a complete country where we felt good. People are welcoming, smiling, relaxed.

My favorite places

River Magdalena in Mompox, Mompox, the Trek to Cerro Kennedy, District of Getsemani, Cartagena, Tubing in Palomino river, Boquilla, Restaurant Grog at Rocky Cay (San Andrés), Snorkeling in Providencia, Divino Nino restaurant and café Studio in Providencia

My recommendations

Head carefree to Colombia! And ask Adventure Colombia to prepare for you a custom-made journey !
Listen to other travelers of Aventure Colombia
Mirjam Beck
13 May 2015
I felt welcome from the very first moment
5
Marie, Anne, Paul, Jean-Yves
Many thanks to the whole team who allowed us to have a wonderful journey
5
Margaux
14 May 2015
I highly recommend this journey to anyone who wants to be in a new world
5