In February 2022, Misty and I visited the Caribbean coast of Colombia for the first time. We booked our tickets on a whim in August of 2021 when flights to Cartagena were cheap, hoping pandemic restrictions would be less severe by take-off.

We flew into Cartagena and spent a few days at a hostel in the Getsemani area.

Plaza behind Public Clock Tower in Cartagena

Then we took a minivan down the Baru Peninsula to a boat that took us to Isla Grande of the Rosario Islands, where we spent a few days at the Secreto Resort Hostel.
Boat ride to Isla Grande from Baru Peninsula
Boat ride to Isla Grande from Baru Peninsula

Then back to Cartagena for a night in the Manga before taking a nearly six-hour bus ride to Santa Marta.
Boat ride back to mainland

After a couple of days in a lovely hotel, we caught a ride by 4×4 to Reserva Biologica Caoba in the jungly foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, where we spent four days, before heading back to Santa Marta, then Cartagena and home again.

Hotel Casa Carolina, Santa Marta, Colombia
Jungle bridge near Reserva Caoba, Colombia

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