In Colombia, there are many people who have never had the possibility of knowing the sea, so there are also many people who intend to do so and they make it part of a dream or a goal to accomplish before they died. However, in Colombia is particularly expensive think about air travel and worst if you have family, so one of the most common travel is to go overland to the coast to see the sea, both the Atlantic and the Pacific.
About two years ago, 3 friends and I, we decided to make a road trip in Colombia with a straight course to the Atlantic coast starting from the center of the country. Were many kilometers in a car driven by one of the members of this adventure, this was a mistake that we made, we did not ensure that no one else knew how to drive. Therefore, we spent about 10 days on the road with just a person driving the car all the time.
Our itinerary took us to different places in Colombia, beginning and ending in the department of Quindio, to other departments like Tolima, Cundinamarca, Boyaca, Santander, Norte de Santander, Cesar, Magdalena, Atlántico, Bolivar and Antioquia. During this tour we did not spend nights in all the places we visited, we tried to make the fewest possible hours touring road to finally reach the sea. As part of our luggage we had a camping tent where we wanted to sleep, in order to use the least amount of money possible. We spent about two hundred dollars per person, always looking for economy.
We spent nights in Bogota, Villa de Leyva, Pailitas, Santa Marta, Cartagena and Medellin. During this trip we had the opportunity to visit many places touristically recognized and others not so much as Bogota, Zipaquira, Ubaté, Villa de Leyva, Raquira, Turmequé, Moniquira, Landazuri, Cimitarra, among others. We finally reached the Atlantic coast beginning with Santa Marta in the department of Magdalena.
Villa de Leyva, Boyaca
Arriving at our main destination Santa Marta, we met a family from Barranquilla that were staying in a house in a fishing village named Taganga. They allowed us to stay in our camping tent in their yard for several nights, so we avoided paying for lodging, here we visit various places like beaches and bays.
Taganga, Santa marta
Taganga is an amazing place of fishermen tradition in the Colombian Caribbean, is a destination for thousands of foreigners traveling to Colombia at any time of year, many choose to stay and live there. This village is a quiet little place with not many luxuries, its streets are preserved in rocks, are not even paved, and has no potable water system. It is a place with a great view of the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. One of the best places we enjoyed in Santa Marta was Concha Bay, which offers a beautiful beach of white sand, clear and deep waters that reflect a beautiful green color. The most visited place in Santa Marta by tourists is without any doubt the Rodadero, however, are not to my liking the places where people abounds, because in that proportion is pollution, garbage in the sea and the costs of staying there are very high.
Especially of the Atlantic zone of the country I love the food, including fish, coconut rice and generally seafood. It is common to see different people on beaches that are dedicated to sell shrimp ceviche, which is prepared and served on the spot and also offer you oysters with lemon and salt.
After visiting Santa Marta we went to Cartagena, an emblematic city, known worldwide for its beauty and history. Cartagena is a unique place that evokes romance along the streets in the walled city, this place retains its historic architecture, full of beauty and detail. Is a real charmer walk the streets step by step while the richness of its architecture is appreciated.
We ended our trip in the department of Antioquia in Medellin, now considered one of the most innovative city in the world. Medellin is a city recognized and beaten by the problems related to drug trafficking, contract killings, Pablo Escobar and now for being one of the main venues for famous television series related with narcotraffic. However, Medellin has much more to offer and its beauty is not focused only on its beautiful women, but also their culture, architecture and traditions of its people.
Sculptures of the Artist Fernando Botero "Las Gordas de Botero" in Medellin
View from the Metrocable to the slum San Javier, Medellin
Versión en Español: COLOMBIA, VIAJANDO A LA COSTA POR TIERRA