Santa Cruz, the last and final island we visited in the Galapagos and totally different than the other two we'd been to previously. Here's a small video clip that was put together for us from our time in the Galapagos. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-g2M2mGBVo
Galápagos has been on our bucket list for a long time so to be able to cross this one off has been absolutely unbelievable. It truly exceeded every expectation we had and we feel so incredibly lucky to have been able to experience it all. We spent time on 3 different islands- Isabela being the first of the three.
Montañita is a little hippy town on the coast of Ecuador that never sleeps. From "drink alley" that caters to cheap alcoholic drink specials all night long, to the late night partiers spilling out of the clubs at 7am the next morning. It's easy to understand how some people love the city and stay a lot longer than they originally intended while others can't wait to leave. Find out our thoughts on Montañita...
After one of the longest bus rides we arrived on an overnight bus to Puerto Lopez. I’m not talking about long duration, although it was 9 hours, but long because the seats were so crammed together! Piet and I were the lucky winners of the two best seats in the house that came with two screaming children packed on top of their parents already crammed laps behind us.
So since we left Medellin we have been exceptionally busy moving around. We took a flight from Medellin to Cali where we spent two nights. To be honest, Cali was our least favourite city from everywhere that we have been. We found it sort of dirty and really didn’t have the safest feeling there. Lucky for us it was just a stop-over on our way to Ecuador. For the next two days we were either on buses or in transit. Our journey looked like this: taxi to bus terminal in Cali, bus to Pasto (9hrs)- overnight stay in Pasto. The next morning we then took a taxi to the bus terminal, mini bus to Ipiales, another mini bus to the border, border crossing, taxi to the bus depot in Tulcan, bus to Quito and taxi to hotel.
So what did we spend in Colombia during our 6 ½ weeks? Budgeting and keeping track of everything you spend can be extremely tedious but it's nothing we aren't familiar with. In preparation for this trip we spent months and months heavily budgeting and analyzing our expenses so we were already in the routine when we started traveling.
So where did our money go?
We arrived in Medellin and took a taxi followed by a bus to get to the small town of San Jeronimo. We had booked 4 nights at an amazing hostel called Hostel La Finca which is located way up in the Colombian country side surrounded by lush green rolling hills and all kinds of Finca's. A Finca is another term that Colombians use for a farm or acreage.
Cartagena is a beautiful city with tons of history and charming colonial buildings all around the city square. It was the perfect spot to spend a few days before we headed off to enjoy a couple of days on a floating hostel on the water (that literally is it's own island). This was definitely an experience to check off our bucketlist!
After arriving at the small fishing village of Taganga we settled in at La Masia, our hostel for the next 7 days. It had a nice pool to relax at when the beaches got crowded. It also had a few lounge areas and a bar for evening drinks. It had a nice quiet atmosphere and wasn’t very busy at all through out our whole stay which was perfect for us to just relax after the long days travelling to South America.
So our trip down to Colombia was anything but relaxing. As a lot of you know, I was fighting a nasty cold before I left Kelowna so it made the trip down to Colombia a heck of a lot harder. We left bright and early on Valentines Day for the first of 4 flights that day. It took a total of 25 hours to get down to Santa Marta, Colombia.