From 29th OCTOBER to 7th NOVEMBER 2017
Arrival in Aruba international airport
Most sailors agree this blue water route from ABCs to Colombia is one of the most fascinating and challenging in the world. Utilizing the trade winds, the best time to make the passage is October to November between the wet and dry season, when conditions are more likely to be calm, which will reduce the rough navigational features typical of this area of the Caribbean, known to be one of the worst passages around the world.
It is 135NM from Aruba to Cabo de La Vela. Leaving Aruba in the early morning, we arrive at Cabo de la Vela the following morning with plenty of time to explore the bay and select a secluded anchoring spot. If necessary, our itinerary allows us to stay a second night. During the passage we will be using our fishing gear as there is an abundance of lemon fish and various kinds of tuna.
During the 125NM straight route from Cabo de La Vela to the Five Bays we anticipate a comfortable passage, tacking downwind in 20-25 knots of sustained wind from the ENE. There may be periods of very light wind, with sudden wind gusts, especially as we approach Cabo San Juan del Guía. Regardless of the wind conditions, expect to navigate in moderate to rough seas, and to encounter some mild counter current along this stretch.
We will clear customs in Santa Marta, a charming touristic town full of life and a great spot for provisioning, withdrawing money or simply enjoying its historical sites, museums, restaurants, and night life.
The next day we will head back to a succession of inlets known as the Five Bays.
The beautiful bays of the Tayrona Natural National Park, are home to a rich biodiversity native to the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The classification of animal species living in the park, includes more than 108 species of mammals and 300 species of birds. The Mantled howler, the oncilla, deer and over 70 species of bats are among the park's typical residents. The park's 300 species of birds include the montane solitary eagle, the military macaw, black-backed antshrike, white-bellied antbird and the lance-tailed manakin. There are also approximately 31 species of reptiles, 15 species of amphibians, 202 species of sponges, 471 species of crustaceans, 96 species of annelids, 700 species of molluscs, 110 species of corals and 401 species of sea and river fish.
Look for the snow covered mountains as you approach Taganga, a highlight of the region. The coastline will gradually shift from the ochre plains of the Guajira peninsula to the green hills and sharp cliffs of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. With snow-capped peaks reaching over 4,500 m it is the highest coastal mountain range in the world. In the early morning of a clear day, you will enjoy the unique spectacle of a snowy Caribbean.
Departure from Santa Marta international airport
From 6th NOVEMBER to 13th NOVEMBER 2017 6 guests, 180 Usd/person/day
Arrival in Santa Marta international airport
After clearing customs in Santa Marta, a charming touristic town full of life, we will enjoy one day here, a great spot for provisioning, withdrawing money or simply enjoying its historical sites, museums, restaurants, and night life.
The next day daily excursion to Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, hosts a 37,000 acre ecotourism park, with spectacular underwater reefs, beaches, mangroves and Tayrona Indian ruins.
Another 16Nm west of Magdalena River and 55 Nm South-west of Santa Marta, is the town of Puerto Velero, where a new international marina has been completed, making it a convenient and lovely stop before heading to Cartagena. Puerto Velero is only known to wind sports lovers from Barranquilla and people from the neighboring villages. In fact, most Barranquilleros have never heard about the place.
We will leave Puerto Velero at dawn and arrive in Cartegena before sunset. We may experience a slight counter-current, and less wind along this stretch requiring engine power at times. Our itinerary allows us some flexibility at this point. Either we sail directly to Cartagena or take an opportunity to anchor mid-way near Ciénaga del Totumo. El Totumo is a local tourist attraction and home to the Volcán del Totumo. It is a 50ft mud cone that looks like a steep-sided, giant ant hill. There is a long history of volcanic activity in this area extending offshore. For a small fee one can climb to the top, be immersed in the viscous mud, dry to cracking, and then wash off in the swamp waters. A delightful lunch awaits in one of the small restaurants at the base of this unique and little known natural attraction.
Cartagena is one of the most beautiful cities in the Caribbean, the capital of the Bolívar region of Colombia. It is a perfect location to source an extensive variety of ingredients, from jungle flavors and mountain-grown herbs to Caribbean seafood to all types of pork and beef. The hustle and bustle of the colorful streets of the old-walled city wouldn’t be complete without its many street food stands, which can be found on every corner, and every park and plaza, day or night. The best street food in Cartagena is unique yet traditional.
Shopping is convenient and diverse; from traditional handcrafted gift to jewelry or fashion stores. Walking the multicolored streets can become quite hot and humid, so by mid afternoon you may choose to lounge under the canopy of a bar. Save your energy because Cartagena comes alive at night!
Departure from Cartagena International Airport
From 13th NOVEMBER to 20th NOVEMBER
Arrival in Cartagena at International Airport
We will spend the first day enjoying the city of Cartagena with its Latin atmosphere and dozens of things to do. Provisioning and shopping is very convenient, you will find a gift for everybody!
We will then set sail to the Island. Depending on weather forecast, we will plan the most suitable and comfortable schedule to visit both archipelagos.
The Islas del Rosario, also referred to as Corales Islas del Rosario is an archipelago located off the coast of Colombia, approximately 15 miles from Cartagena. The region holds the status of national park created to protect one of the most important coral reefs of the Colombian Caribbean coast. The park has an area of 120,000 square kilometers, capturing the biodiversity, tropical flora, and corals and sea life of this pristine area.
Far away south, the archipelago of San Bernardo is a set of nine coastal coral islands. This territory is under protection of the Rosario and San Bernardo Corals National Natural Park. To snorkel here is to experience unforgettable, untouched nature.
On our way back to Cartagena we will have a call in Cienaga de Cholon, a coastal peninsula with a lagoon connected to the sea. Clear and calm waters of the eastern islets are trimmed with lovely little beaches. The surrounding landscape consists of mangrove forests, which conceal the colorful fishing village of Barú, on the southern tip of Isla Barú. This village was born as a palenque, a secluded settlement established by fugitive slaves of African origin. You are sure to indulge in the delicious local flavours of fish soup, and fried fresh fish with a side of arroz con titoté (rice with raisins and coconut) and patacones (fried mashed plantain).
Departure from Cartagena International Airport