San Andres Island Journals

Top Destinations in Colombia, an overview and experiences

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An August 1993 trip to San Andres Island by Robert Raymond Ingledew

Quote: Colombia is a beautiful country: San Andres (in the Caribbean), Manizales (in the Andes), Valledupar, the Tayrona and Los Nevados National Parks, Cartagena with its history, Popayan with its colonial buildings. There is a lot to see. I visited this country during 9 years and wish to share my experiences...

Top Destinations in Colombia, an overview and experiences

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Overview

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SAN ANDRES: It is difficult to decide where to start, so I will begin with San Andres. This is a beautiful island hidden in a palm tree forest, a free port, with nice white sandy beaches and crystal clear water. The only way to get there is by plane or ship, and that increases the safety of the island. It belongs to Colombia, but is in front of Nicaragua. A smaller island, Providencia, can also be visited from here. About half the population is English-speaking; the other half are Colombians, and speak Spanish. Captain Morgan lived here, so it also has its history. It is a beautiful place, if you want to relax. I stayed at the Tiuna Hotel, on the beach, and it was nice. Check their website: ...Read More

The Andes in Colombia

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During a business trip to Colombia I had the beautiful experience of traveling on a taxi from Ibagué to Armenia through the Los Nevados National Park. There is a large variety of landscapes. Coffee plantations up in the mountain, the view of the Andes at a distance, the whole trip (about two hours) was really breathtaking. There are also excellent bus services from Armenia and Ibague to many destinations, but I was not familiar with the area, and also wanted to take photos of the area. That was many years ago, I was taking slides and it is expensive to pass slides to a CD, so please excuse me if I do not post any photos. I also asked the taxi driver to take me to Armero, that was at a distance of s...Read More

Other cities in Colombia

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I will start with some other destinations that are not so attractive, as Neiva and Barrancabermeja, and Villavicencio, cities with a torrid climate that I had to visit for business reasons (all along the Magdalena river) and will continue with another couple of beautiful spots with a cooler climate. Neiva and Barrancabermeja were at that time areas where oil companies worked, and it is said that they paid "royalties" to the guerrilla to avoid them dynamiting their pipelines. Whether this is true or not, is difficult to know. Even so, many times pipelines have been dynamited in the area, and it is not a place where I would recommend a foreign tourist to go, even if the area were attractive. In any c...Read More
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San Andres is a tiny island that has only ten square miles, and a population of 67,000 inhabitants. It is a free port, where you can buy practically anything, and this explains the delays in most flights, because Colombians come here to buy all sorts of things, including household appliances. As average, flights leave 2 to 4 hours late, so keep this in mind when planning connections with international flights. At least, that was my experience with SAM. Maybe Avianca is more reliable. The island is some 4 miles long and does not have many beaches, but those it does have are really beautiful. The beach in front of the Hotel Tiuna where I stayed, was probably 1500 feet long, but had white sand and bea...Read More
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I have visited the Tayrona National Park, the city of Santa Marta, its beautiful beach at El Rodadero, the city of Barranquilla and the historical city of Cartagena. I know there are some real paradises further North, but I never had the chance to get there. Here is a brief overview of these places. Tayrona National Park: Located 21 miles to the east of Santa Marta, it is a real paradise. There are many small secluded beaches where you can enjoy privacy in the midst of beautiful sceneries. Tropical vegetation is all around you. It is a large national park that was inhabited centuries ago by the Tayrona Indians. There are archaeological ruins in the park, mangrove swamps, coral reefs. It ha...Read More