Monthly Archives: January 2012

Historic Centre of São Luís

A short flight to Belem in Brazil, a night in a remarkably basic room opposite the bus station and a thirteen hour bus journey got me from Paramaribo to São Luís on the northern coast of Brazil. I’d neglected to note down … Continue reading

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Historic Inner City of Paramaribo

Having arrived at the airport at 2.30 in the morning with no accommodation booked I fell into a taxi and asked the driver to take me to a cheap hotel in the centre. I just needed to sleep and didn’t really … Continue reading

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A slight shortfall in the travel planning department

I was sitting in my Caracas hotel room the night before I was due to fly to Suriname, finding out more about the capital Paramaribo on Wikitravel, when I discovered that as a British citizen I was supposed to have … Continue reading

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Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas

After a couple of days in Coro I took the two bus journey back to Caracas – the capital of Venezuela and possibly the most dangerous city in the world, according to Wikitravel. I arrived at dusk and decided to opt for … Continue reading

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Coro and its Port

Coro, towards the western end of Venezuela’s coast, is not that far from Curacao as the seagull flies but sadly there is no ferry link between the countries. Instead, I flew to Caracas (where the airport is 25km from the city through … Continue reading

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Historic Area of Willemstad, Inner City and Harbour, Curaçao

Curacao, a former colony of and now a country within the Netherlands, is a small island lying in the southern Caribbean just off the coast of Venezuela. Although everyone I encountered spoke Spanish or English, or both, the official languages are Dutch … Continue reading

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Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena

One of Spain’s most important colonial ports in the West Indies, Cartagena is located on the Caribbean coast on a little arc of land (originally a group of islands) sticking out into the sea. The location gave it good natural defences … Continue reading

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Historic Centre of Santa Cruz de Mompox

I had planned to travel north from Bogotá by bus, stopping at a World Heritage Site called the Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia on my way to Mompox and then Cartagena on the north coast. But I decided to give … Continue reading

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Bogota and the Gold Museum

I managed to just miss the bus out of Tierradentro because I’d foolishly not got up when I had planned to as the power was still out from the previous night’s thunderstorm, making rising before dawn an even more unappealing project. … Continue reading

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National Archeological Park of Tierradentro

Tierradentro, near the small village of San Andres, is in the same mountainous part of Colombia as San Agustin. It took me two days to get there though because I attempted the journey on New Year’s Day. I made it … Continue reading

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