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I got the blue print for my November 2018 travel project!
My forthcoming travel project will kick-off at a premium hotel in Colombia's capital city Bogotá and last for three full weeks in November 2018. Highlights will include 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 will here go on excursions meeting the indigenous people of this part of the Amazon forest, experience the flora and fauna and even enter the Brazilian town of Tabatinga for a day. My next activity will be hiking the famous jungle trail to La Ciudad Perdida for five days out of Santa Marta on the Caribbean coast in Colombia. En route to La Ciudad Perdida I will meet the Koguis tribe in their villages, once inhabited by their forebears the Tairona people. And while I'm at the Caribbean coast, I'll do some diving and freediving in Taganga too! The final days of this project will be spent in and around Cali, the Salsa Dance Capital of the World, before returning to the darkness and frosty weather of Scandinavia in late November. With only three more weeks of holiday available to me in 2018, this one is intended to be a sequel of my "7 weeks in Latin America" earlier this year.
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 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.
Jean Dar, 24 June 2018
I'm still working on videos from my "7 weeks in Latin America" project and will shortly start posting the last ones from my trip, all of them from Republica Dominicana, watch them at Ad Astra - Jean Dar. My Colombian travel project for November is taking form, with four flight reservations being made earlier this month.
Jean Dar, 24 July 2018
I've got the blue print for a new travel project this autumn in Colombian. It starts in Bogotá, followed by five days deep in the Amazon forest (perhaps even crossing the border into Brazil for a day), the famous jungle trekk to La Ciudad Perdida out of Santa Marta, diving and freediving in Taganga for a few days before ending in Cali.
Jean Dar, 20 June 2018
Three more of my videos have been embedded below, showing Ushuaia & Tierra del Fuego, Bariloche and Buenos Aires - the beautiful capital city of Argentina. The last update from my "7 weeks in Latin America" will soon be posted at Ad Astra. Six more videos from this trip will be uploaded on YouTube Ad Astra - Jean Dar.
Jean Dar, 3 May 2018
Santo Domingo - The New World's first city: February 22 - 25
Santo Domingo, also called "La Capital", is the capital of the Dominican Republic, with its collage of cultures and neighborhoods. This is where the sounds of life, domino pieces slapped on tables, backfiring mufflers and horns from chaotic traffic, merengue and bachata music blasting from corner stores are most intense. At the heart of the city is the Zona Colonial, declared world heritage by UNESCO, where you'll find the oldest cathedral and the oldest surviving European fortress, among other New World firsts.
Jean Dar, 5 August 2018
Medellín - La atractiva capital del país Paisa: February 19 - 22
This is my take on Medellín, Colombia's second largest city and the capital of Antioquia and the Paisa region. My YouTube video include footage from two days during my "7 weeks in Latin America" project; February 20 - 21. Medellín is a modern and vibrant city and has renewed itself from the drug trade brand it had in the 1980's and early 1990's, and who hasn't heard of Pablo Escobar!? I had previously spent a week in Cali dancing Salsa Caleña and a complete video of Cali will surface at the end of the year as I will return and get some more footage!
Jean Dar, 24 July 2018
Carnaval de Barranquilla 2018; February 9 - 13
My travel project "7 weeks in Latin America" saw me criss-crossing much of the South American continent and included the Carnaval de Barranquilla, the worlds second largest carnival and only surpassed by Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. This carnival is Colombia's most important folkloric celebration and was proclaimed a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2003. El Carnaval de Barranquilla was included in this project from the very start and I highly recommend it! My YouTube video also includes footage from Noche de Tambó on 9 February.
Jean Dar, 20 Jun 2018
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