16th July 2015
Tour leader Max Wood is currently leading our recce Colombia & Venezuela: Cartagena to Caracas group tour. Below he talks about the first few days of the trip.
We started our trip in the stunning colonial city of Cartagena, which is beautifully preserved and presented. There were a lot of tourists and locals parading around the subtly lit streets on a Saturday night, making it look like a film set – not a typical Wild Frontiers destination! On Sunday we took a tour of the old city and the surrounding fortifications. It’s been very hot and humid and is likely to stay that way as we head northeast up the coast.
Today we were in Tayrona National Park, which offers a must-see mix of rainforest, mountain, sand and sea with an acceptable amount of fellow visitors at this time of year. Well-worn paths and wooden walkways through the jungle lead to exquisite fine sand beaches framed by huge boulders. Tomorrow we continue on to the La Guajira province, which is considered to be the northern-most area of South America. There we will stay in Cabo de la Vela, one of the first areas seen by the Spanish explorers at the end of the 15th century.