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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 were 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
Its soon been six weeks since my right shoulder surgery, and everything is looking good! In June - July this year
I will put my right shoulder to the test, going scuba and freediving in San Andrés and Providencia, two beautiful Colombian islands in the Caribbean Sea. My focus is on healing in 2019, and going climbing in Bolivia next year.
Jean Dar, 23 March 2019
I had my left shoulder surgery last Monday, on February 11, and everything is looking fine at the moment. I'm aiming at starting training freediving again in a few weeks time, and if all works well, I could be heading towards those 6,000m technical mountains again in 2020! As for now, rest and recuperation are my main priorities.
Jean Dar, 20 February 2019
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
Travel & Adventure / Ad Astra Jean Dar
I finally made the intro video for my YouTube channel, which really should have been one of the first videos uploaded there, but better late than never I guess. New viewers to my channel will get to see this intro video and an idea of what my channel is about. On a monthly basis new videos will be uploaded from all corners of the planet, and I hope my videos will give you inspiration, ideas and information about the places I travel to. Support me by subscribing to my YouTube channel Ad Astra Jean Dar and giving my videos the thumbs-up.
Jean Dar, 8 March 2019
Santiago de Cali - So much more than salsa dancing!
Cali may not be as scenic as Medellín or cosmopolitan as Bogotá, but the vibrant attitude of the local caleños is enough to win you over. As a society built upon the blending of indigenous, African and Spanish traditions, diversity and open-mindedness form the base of the caleño culture. Colombia is famous for its salsa dancing, and Cali is considered the salsa capital of the world, but there is a lot more to Cali than dancing. Historical sites, museums and panoramic views from hill tops are also included in my YouTube video below. Enjoy!
Jean Dar, 8 March 2019
Santa Marta - Colombia's oldest colonial city.
Santa Marta, Colombia's oldest colonial city is 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
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