/pics/2015/2015-05-22_Colombia/002_Palomino-Mural.jpg When we first arrived, our friends brought us to the small coastal town of Palomino. There is an interesting mix of hippies, travelers and native Kogi people from the surrounding Sierra Nevada. 184 KB  
/pics/2015/2015-05-22_Colombia/009_Sierra-Nevada.jpg We took of for a 4 day hiking trip in the mountains. The kids were on a Donkey, adults hiked and a horse helped with pots, food and hammocks. 137 KB  
/pics/2015/2015-05-22_Colombia/017_Sierra-Nevada-Tree.jpg Beautiful huge trees not far out of town. 138 KB  
/pics/2015/2015-05-22_Colombia/026_Sierra-Nevada-Carlo.jpg A swiss guy who was also visiting Tina and Rafa in Colombia. 161 KB  
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/pics/2015/2015-05-22_Colombia/076_Los-Angeles.jpg A stunningly clean and tranquil spot on the coast between Palomino and Santa Marta. 153 KB  
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/pics/2015/2015-05-22_Colombia/084_Goloka-Eco-Village-Nicholas.jpg We met the local Krishna followers while looking for vegetarian food and were invited to this remote Eco-Village as volunteers. 92 KB  
/pics/2015/2015-05-22_Colombia/087_Goloka-Eco-Village-Padma.jpg One of the two kirisha followers keeping Goloka running. He was a great cook! 83 KB  
/pics/2015/2015-05-22_Colombia/088_Goloka-Eco-Village-Krishna-Temple.jpg Each morning at 3:30 the chanting and bells would begin, all food was offered to Krishna before eating. 149 KB  
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/pics/2015/2015-05-22_Colombia/092_Goloka-Eco-Village-River.jpg I came down with Dengue fever while at Goloka. I spent a week just laying in the hammock and stumbling to this river to cool off. 138 KB  
/pics/2015/2015-05-22_Colombia/094_Goloka-Eco-Village-River-Insect.jpg In my misery, I was delighted that there was always one of of these insects waiting for me at the river in the same spot... 76 KB  
/pics/2015/2015-05-22_Colombia/098_Cartagena-Jonathan-Tinto.jpg After returning to Civilization, blood tests and some magical herbal remedies, I was doing a lot better and we finally went on to Cartagena. Here I am looking like I'm in L.A. as I sip my "Tinto" (coffee). 104 KB  
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/pics/2015/2015-05-22_Colombia/119_Cienaga-La-Caimanera_Bird.jpg From Cartagena, we continued west to Tolu, then slept on the beach for a night. We then went south (inland) and stopped at this spot which used to have alligators. 119 KB  
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/pics/2015/2015-05-22_Colombia/125_Mud-Nina.jpg Volcanic mud pit to swim in. 41 KB  
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/pics/2015/2015-05-22_Colombia/130_Medellin-Graffiti.jpg One of our favorite cities in Colombia. Street art / culture, trees, great places to walk, nice buildings, etc. 121 KB  
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/pics/2015/2015-05-22_Colombia/147_Salento-Coffee-Tour_Coffee Cherries.jpg Zona Cafetera - finally got to learn more about how coffee is made. 67 KB  
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/pics/2015/2015-05-22_Colombia/176_Salento-Coffee-Tour_Pouring.jpg I love coffee... it was especially tasty. 58 KB  
/pics/2015/2015-05-22_Colombia/185_Salento-waterfall.jpg A dog on the coffee plantation took us on a 2 hour journey to go see a waterfall. We went though this huge cave-tunnel along the way. 107 KB  
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/pics/2015/2015-05-22_Colombia/201_Valle-de-Cocora_Ring-Tailed-Coati.jpg We went camping in the Valle de Cocora and met this super sweet animal at a rest stop along the way. 108 KB  
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/pics/2015/2015-05-22_Colombia/225_Finca.jpg Our friend's farm a few hours from Bogota. 159 KB  
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/pics/2015/2015-05-22_Colombia/252_Finca_Horse-Baby.jpg A new baby horse born while we were visiting. 81 KB  
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/pics/2015/2015-05-22_Colombia/319_Amazon_Leticia.jpg We decided at the last minute that we could not pass up a chance to go to the Amazon. So we got a flight to Leticia in the far southern tip of Colombia (there are no roads connecting it to the rest of the country). We arrived in the wettest "wet season" in many years and the river was 30KM wide in some places. 152 KB  
/pics/2015/2015-05-22_Colombia/322_Amazon_Boat.jpg Paddling up the "road" to where we stayed in the jungle. 178 KB  
/pics/2015/2015-05-22_Colombia/328_Amazon_Jungle_Stick.jpg One of several "stick insects" we came across. The insects were the most fascinating part of the jungle for me. 88 KB  
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/pics/2015/2015-05-22_Colombia/331_Amazon_Frog.jpg The animals looked like plants and the plants more and more like animals... 130 KB  
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/pics/2015/2015-05-22_Colombia/339_Amazon_Centipede.jpg These look scary, but are not dangerous. 75 KB  
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/pics/2015/2015-05-22_Colombia/345_Amazon_Boa.jpg Nina almost stepped on this baby Boa constrictor snake one night. 135 KB  
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/pics/2015/2015-05-22_Colombia/349_Amazon_Cinchona_Tree_Quinine.jpg This is where Quinine, the "Tonic" in "Tonic water" comes from. Native people still use it in tea to prevent Malaria. 52 KB  
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/pics/2015/2015-05-22_Colombia/428_Amazon_Puerto_Nariño_Parrot_Sunset.jpg A really casual but fun guest house we stayed at after the jungle trip. 54 KB  
/pics/2015/2015-05-22_Colombia/430_Amazon_Puerto_Nariño_JC_Squirrel_Monkey.jpg Squirrel Monkeys everywhere! They were so sweet and fun. 114 KB  
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/pics/2015/2015-05-22_Colombia/440_Amazon_Puerto_Nariño_Kitten_Squirrel_Monkey.jpg Kitten being hugged by a Squirrel Monkey! 104 KB  
/pics/2015/2015-05-22_Colombia/441_Amazon_Puerto_Nariño_Parrot.jpg Most of the parrots were friendly, but one liked to scare Nina (and all women for that matter). 55 KB  
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/pics/2015/2015-05-22_Colombia/464_Amazon.jpg Photo of the Amazon river from airplane ©Nina 2015. 46 KB  
/pics/2015/2015-05-22_Colombia/469_Granadilla_Fruit.jpg Its related to passion fruit... one of the many new fruits which are common in Colombia. I loved these! 33 KB  
/pics/2015/2015-05-22_Colombia/470_Bogota.jpg Last days in the capital before flying back. 59 KB