A couple of people we had met in Cartagena asked us where we were going when we left there. “Mompos” we said, “why?” They answered, “go to the Santa Marta.” The Caribbean coast is undoubtably beautiful and to visit Punta Gallinas which is the most northerly point in South America was tempting. For a couple of days we mulled it over but to get to the most northerly point and back again would take an additional 2 weeks and we know we are going to get to Patagonia later than we originally planned without adding in more miles.
So, we stuck to our original plan to head south through the lush wetlands to Mompos. It’s a small town on the Magdalena river and was built by the Spanish in the 16th century. Beautiful town and lovely countryside to drive through.
We hadn’t really made a plan for where to spend Christmas it was just going to be wherever we ended up around the 23rd December.
We headed through the Chichamocha canyon it was a rather misty day but beautiful scenery.
We had found a campsite in a quiet spot between the small towns of San Gil and Barichara, it was run by a Brit and his Colombian wife. We had a great Christmas Eve get together with Justin, Andrea and their family along with other campers. Such a good night that John came to bed around 4am!
Empanadas cooked on the fire.
Danny guts a chicken much to the interest of the resident ginger puss.
A Christmas blind wine tasting!
Pics of the beautiful town of Barichara.
A nice camping spot, and a good place for John to sleep off his late night.
This little photo doesn’t do justice to the amazing Plaza Mayor in Villa de Leyva. It’s huge!
This Gaudiesque place is the Casa Barra, built by a local artist from terracotta and wrought iron. Looked great against the blue sky.
The areas around Cartegena and down towards Bogota contain a huge amount of fossils as this area was covered by sea until approximately 100 million years ago. 65 million years ago an asteroid hit the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico which caused geological changes effecting Central and South America as well.
This Pliosaurus was over 9 metres long and they built this museum around the site it was originally found. Very impressive.
Even the walls in town were full of ammonites.
We found a great Korean restaurant, lots of lovely fresh veg, raw, cooked and pickled.
Bye for now.x