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I had 10 weeks of exhilarating travelling in 2018!

 

My  "7 weeks in Latin America" project 18 January - 8 March 2018 included five countries and took in the largest city in the Southern hemisphere, São Paulo, Brazil, and the Southmost city on the planet, Ushuaia, Argentina. I entered the Patagonian icefield on my way through Patagonia, and even ended up in Chile after some white water rafting from Bariloche in Argentina! After a few days of leisure in Buenos Aires I committed myself to two weeks in Colombia, including the Carnaval de Barranquilla, Salsa Caleña dancing in Cali and also visiting the grave of "El Patron" Pablo Escobar in Medellín. The two last weeks of this project took me to Dominican Republic, including the Zona Colonial in Santo Domingo, diving in Bayahibe Dominicus and finally two nights in Punta Cana/ Bávaro. And a lot of other things too of course. My costs for this project ended up being more than calculated, some US$ 13,000-14,000.

 

My travel project for November 2018 kicked-off at a premium hotel in Colombia's capital city Bogotá and lasted for three full weeks. Highlights included the last few meters of Colombian soil to the South at Leticia, where Colombia meets  both Perú and Brazil deep in the Amazon forest. I went on excursions meeting the indigenous people of this part of the Amazon forest, experience the flora and fauna and even entered the Brazilian town of Tabatinga for a day. My next objective was hiking the famous jungle trail to La Ciudad Perdida for four days out of Santa Marta on the Caribbean coast in Colombia. En route to La Ciudad Perdida I met the Koguis tribe in their villages, once inhabited by their forebears the Tairona people. And while I was at the Caribbean coast, I did some diving and freediving too! The final days of this project was be spent in and around Cali, the Salsa Dance Capital of the World, before returning to the darkness and frosty weather of Scandinavia.

 

Jean Dar, 17 December 2018

 

 

 

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Two more of my Colombian videos have been uploaded below: Santa Marta - the historical Caribbean city with many options for an active holiday, and La Ciudad Perdida - probably the best hike in all of South America! Both locations can easily be combined in one intense week. Subscribe to my YouTube channel: Ad Astra - Jean Dar.

 

Jean Dar, 24 January 2019

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My three week Colombian travel project in November was as exciting as expected, taking in the Amazonas at Las Trés Fronteras, the fabled La Ciudad Perdida, freediving and scuba in Santa Marta and finally a week in Cali. The first YouTube video from this trip can be viewed below and on my YouTube channel Ad Astra - Jean Dar.

 

Jean Dar, 17 December 2018

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The Music page has been totally updated with full previews of all 23 tracks on my music album Rays Of Light, including direct access to the music store for downloads. This is the first place on the internet you will find full preview of the entire album! Get to the Music page and listen with the exclusive music player provided there.

 

Jean Dar, 20 September 2018

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Santa Marta - Colombia's oldest city will make you smile!

 

Santa Marta is Colombia's oldest city, and a charming one. You might well find yourself spending more time here than you imagined, relaxing, diving or hiking. The climate is hot, but the heat here is drier than in Cartagena, and the evening sea breeze keeps the city cool after dark. You will probably find yourself have dinner at Parque de Los Novios and the many good resturants there more than once, and a visit to La Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, where the Great South American Liberator, Simón Bolívar, died on 17 Dec 1830, is a must!

 

Jean Dar, 24 January 2019

 

La Ciudad Perdida - The Lost City of the Tairona People

 

Colombia's La Ciudad Perdida dates back as far as the 8th century, and  was built by the Tairona people and was abandoned soon after the arrival of the Spanish. Overtaken by forest, the remains of the city were undisturbed until they were rediscovered by grave looters in 1972. The hike out to the ruins takes you on an unforgettable adventure through dense jungle, up and down steep hills, crossing rivers, and finally to the ruins of the city itself. Today the spiritual leader of the Kogui tribe, the descendants of the Tairona people, lives at La Ciudad Perdida.

 

Jean Dar, 24 January 2019

 

Amazonas, Las Trés Fronteras: Colombia - Brazil - Peru

 

Las Trés Fronteras (three frontiers) is the Spanish name for an area in the upper Amazon rainforest in the Amazon region of South America. It includes, and is named for, the tripoint where the borders of Colombia, Brazil and Peru meet, and the upper Amazon River flows through the area. The area is noted for its natural beauty. Cities in the Tres Fronteras area include Leticia in Colombia, Tabatinga in Brazil and Santa Rosa de Yavari in Peru on an island in the Amazon River. My video below takes in the best spots and activities here.

 

Jean Dar, 17 December 2018

 

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