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Taking the Rápido along the Amazon from Leticia to Puerto Nariño

No roads link the towns and villages of the Colombian Amazon. Public transport between Leticia, the Amazonas department capital, and Puerto Nariño, the next largest town with around 6,000 mostly indigenous inhabitants, is by boat. The rápido, or rapid launch, leaves … Continue reading

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Salt Cathedral and Mines of Zipaquirá – Syncretismo, Salvation and Claustrophobia

250 million years ago, an inland sea covered the area of the high Andean plain – the Altiplano Cundiboyacense – on which the old colonial town of Zipaquirá stands. As the eastern cordillera of the Andes formed, the sea dried … Continue reading

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Bogotá to Zipaquirá, How Colombians Treat Foreigners and an Unexpected Refuge

Though illness deprived me of a good night’s sleep, I was pleased to have made it to Colombia and been able to see some of Bogotá. I hoped I’d be well enough to travel to Zipaquirá to see the salt … Continue reading

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Cerro de Monserrate – Breathless in Bogotá

Visible from most of Bogotá, the high Andean peak of the Cerro de Monserrate towers over the city. The steep rise of this mountain wall curtails expansion to the East and brings the city to an abrupt stop. Adrenalin pushed … Continue reading

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Bogotá: 2600 Metres Closer to the Stars

Set against the spectacular backdrop of the Eastern cordillera, ‘The Athens of South America’ stands at 2625 metres on a high Andean plateau – the Altiplano Cundiboyacense.       Now one of the largest cities in South America, Bogotá … Continue reading

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Return to Colombia

Excitement and apprehension prevented me from sleeping the night before the trip. I tried to relax as I lay in silence with the symptoms of my disease. Eventually the dawn chorus mingled with tinnitus to intensify my ever-present headache. Since … Continue reading

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‘Colombia! What were you thinking?’

‘What were you thinking?’ said Dr M. Her wide-eyed frown assaulted my confidence; her incredulity left me small and foolish. ‘Yes,’ I admitted, quietly, my glance downcast, ‘I underestimate the severity of my illness. But I’ve accepted such strict limitations … Continue reading

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