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Santa Marta, Colombia - La première fois que je mange du poulet avec des gants!!

Colombia is an awesome place, but definitely not the easiest place to get a "chance", as they call it here!  Hitchhiking here is a lot more difficult than we expected.  We’ve been lucky a few times, but for the most part Colombians are not as trusting and less willing to give people a lift. 

Well, that's what we've been told in any case!!  Anyway, another change in our plans . . . we had to stay the night in Santa Marta because catching a ride to the next town was hopeless!

Luckily we met a very sweet guy, Hernán, who kindly opened his humble home to us for the night.  We couldn’t have asked for more, Hernán and his family were so kind and so generous to us.  

We had a very relaxing evening, chatting over coffee, Colombian, of course!  And I must say, it was the best I’d ever tasted.

Santa Marta, Colombia - Love me some chicken!! Check out the plastic gloves!!
  Now, I'm not a big coffee drinker, but I gotta admit, it beats Starbucks any day!  Not too strong, just sweet enough . . . perfection!

The next day, as we headed out we were expecting the worst, but to our surprise we actually were quite lucky.  We caught a ride pretty quickly, and were on our way towards the border . . . so we thought!  

We ended up getting a lift from a guy who works in one of Colombia’s main tourist attractions, Tayrona National Park.  Funny thing is we hadn’t planned on visiting this place, but there we were with this guy who was offering to get us in for free. 

So, of course, we couldn’t let up on the opportunity to check out the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean . . . well according to los Colombianos!!  Another change in our plans, but oh well!!  Good choice!!

The beaches were absolutely breathtaking, a bit dangerous, but wow!!  We were unable to take a dip because the current was way too strong for us, so we had to settle for just admiring the view from a short distance.

Santa Marta, Colombia - Our host, Hernán & baby boy
 

And what a view!  You have these huge rocks all along the beach, which make the landscape quite spectacular.  And better yet, you can see where the Andes end and pretty much plunge into the sea.  Quite exhilarating!

At one point, we tried to play stuntmen and climb atop the huge rocks to get a better view of the place, and lucky for us we didn’t get killed!!  There we were posing for the camera, when suddenly we were hit by a humungous wave!  I just screamed and tried to hold my balance as best I could so I wouldn’t get thrown off the rock and die!  ¡Una locura!  

Luckily that didn’t happen and I just got drenched completely!  Check out the photo!  

After that, we had to hurry up and keep on with the visit of the park because it was getting a little late.

Santa Marta, Colombia - Simplicity at its finest! ¡¡Gracias Hernán y familia!!
  Good time though!  Glad we got the chance to visit it and at no charge!!

On nous avait prévenu que le stop en Colombie, c’était dur, et bien je vous le confirme !!!!! Les gens ils ne s’arrêtent jamais.

De Cartagena à Santa Marta, on va dire : la chance, et à partir de là, l’enfer.

Hernan, un gars tranquille qui nous faisait la cosette, pendant qu’on avait le pouce levé, nous a proposé de dormir chez lui, vu que la nuit commençait à tomber.

Après 1h de marche, nous voilà chez lui, une maisonnette toute simple avec sa femme et son fils. Encore une fois nous fûmes extrêmement bien traités.

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