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Wrapping up Colombia, On to Peru!

Magical Medellin, New Year Frolicking, Visiting Middle Earth

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We finished our holidays in Colombia, first with a metro cable ride and then a tour of the botanical gardens in Medellin:

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Then we traveled by bus over over mountain roads to a small town outside of Cartagena called Manzanillo de Mar:

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Not pictured, blaring reggaeton 24 hours a day!

We spent New Year's Eve in Cartagena. We had dinner at our favorite Italian restaurant, I Balconi, then strolled the streets, looking at the lights and following the crowds.

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Check out our fireworks here!

This guy didn't manage to stay awake for the sunrise:

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But we did!

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Next, we caught a flight from Cartagena to Lima via Panama, and arrived, mysteriously, in Middle Earth:

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What else to do but check out Museo de la Nacion...

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And the astounding private collection at Museo Larco...literally thousands of pieces in storage, yet open to the public.

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And a simply incredible public collection of pre-Colombian pottery, fabric, jewelry, and statues.

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And one ring to bind them!

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These are the ruins in the neighborhood of Miraflores, two minutes from where we are staying at Rivendell:

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This city, this entire country, is one amazing layer of history and culture after another. Where will we go next? Only this guy knows:

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Posted by ebmarnp 20:10 Archived in Colombia

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Happy, healthy, safe, fulfilling 2012. All I can say is Wow. The artifacts, art and ruins are utterly fantastic. What an area to welcome in the New Year! And now, onto the wonders of Peru. Enjoy.

by ed

What an amazing experience you two are sharing! Wow --

by dad

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