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Old 07-10-2014, 09:05 PM   #1
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After landing in Cartagena - next A+ spot to absorb Colombia?

I get to Colombia, Cartagena circa end of August '14

First spot to go after retrieving the bike? A place to absorb Colombia. Beach, Mountain - does not matter. A place full of vibe and energy to spend a few days at.

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Old 07-11-2014, 08:01 AM   #2
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Santa Marta

I would head to Santa Marta!!
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Old 07-14-2014, 06:59 AM   #3
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Taganga is a nice little spot but hot. Minca in the mountains is a good place to chill out. We stayed in a nice campsite over looking Santa Marta. I have the cords if you need them.
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Old 07-15-2014, 04:01 PM   #4
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Cords for the 'Mirador Campsite' in Minca are
N 11' 08. 680'
W 074 ' 07. 173'
Nice and quiet. Plenty of places to camp. Shower, toilet and good food in the restaurant. Town is a 10 min walk.
Some nice waterfalls to hike to and it's possible to ride up the mountain to a view point.
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Old 07-15-2014, 05:56 PM   #5
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A place full of vibe and energy to spend a few days at.
I could be wrong, but it sounds like you're looking for more of a party and less of a quiet camp site. You can find lots of energy in Cartegena. Step outside the main walled city and into the hustle and bustle of the city and you'll find excitement.

Have a great ride through Colombia. It's a really fantastic country!
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Old 07-15-2014, 11:41 PM   #6
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Welcome, my friends and I are in Bogotá. Any trip around the coast and thru the mountains3 will be fine. Check the Two Moto Kiwis thread for more info about nice Colombians tours. If looking for fun check also Medellin, Cali and Bogotá.

Please remember to buy the compulsory insurance called SOAT (for Seguro Obligatorio para Accidentes de Tránsito) before you even ride that bike around.

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Welcome, my friends and I are in Bogotá. Any trip around the coast and thru the mountains3 will be fine. Check the Two Moto Kiwis thread for more info about nice Colombians tours. If looking for fun check also Medellin, Cali and Bogotá.

Please remember to buy the compulsory insurance called SOAT (for Seguro Obligatorio para Accidentes de Tránsito) before you even ride that bike around.

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Good point to remember. I will probably get there before the bike does. Can one purchase SOAT without the bike being present?
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Old 07-24-2014, 11:08 AM   #8
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Good point to remember. I will probably get there before the bike does. Can one purchase SOAT without the bike being present?
Yeah, bought ours in Cartegena. We were on the bikes but they didn't need to see them
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If you are staying in Cartagena for a couple of days, I would suggest you eat at "Cande" or "El Burlador de Sevilla". Extremely good restaurants inside the old town.

Also, "Cholon" is a fabulous place to visit but you can only get there by boat.
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I could be wrong, but it sounds like you're looking for more of a party and less of a quiet camp site. You can find lots of energy in Cartegena. Step outside the main walled city and into the hustle and bustle of the city and you'll find excitement.

Have a great ride through Colombia. It's a really fantastic country!
I am probably a little older than the party people and I am actually looking forward to camping if at all possible. I have been looking at hostals in Cartagena and many seem party places which I dont mind stepping into for a few hours, but I dont want to stay at party central.

Side note: I went today today to the notary for power of attorney matters and so forth. She happened to be Colombian and I caught a glimpse of Colombian transactions. It was a 3 hour process. She was super nice and gave me a lot of suggestions and options in banking, etc.

Paid for my shipment from Galveston to Cartagena also. Now... back to packing my crap into storage. S*!t is getting real.

Thanks for all the suggestions.
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Side note: I went today today to the notary for power of attorney matters and so forth. She happened to be Colombian and I caught a glimpse of Colombian transactions. It was a 3 hour process. She was super nice and gave me a lot of suggestions and options in banking, etc.
"A la orden" is an expression you will hear all the time in Colombia. They say this whenever you walk into a store or restaurant or ask for directions. It means "at your service" and it's just a really friendly way of saying "hey, what's happening, how can I help you". Great people, great country! Have a fun ride. Check out Motolombia's touring routes to get some ideas for places to see in the Country. Mike does a great job of combining the tourist highlights and some off the beaten path destinations. Have a great ride parce!
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