The beautiful beaches of San Andrés is still an important attraction of Colombia
Alex writes us other of his chronicles from his "exile" in South America. Already become one of the family, he shows us bits of his adoption Colombia and other parts of the World.
There is much talk about San Andres these days in Colombia. Taking advantage of the occasion I decided to visit the call “sea of the seven colors" Colombian.
The islands San Andres and Providencia they are the main ones of the homonymous archipelago located in front of the Nicaraguan Atlantic coasts. I decided to spend the only 3 days I had for the trip in San Andres, an island 9 km long and a maximum of 3 wide whose main town is, giving name to the island, San Andrés and a little further south is San Luis, a much smaller population but where several resorts are located next to small beaches of great beauty.
The Colombian islanders seemed to me very kind, calm and cheerful people. It is evident that the infrastructure of the island is not the most developed, but that is not an impediment for the unanimous opinion of the people who visit it to say that it is a wonderful place.
I stayed at the Blue Almond hostel, owned by a 28-year-old islander who had lived in Valencia and knew Spanish life very well. Juan treated me phenomenally and the stay was very fun with him. The first night I spent on the island was celebrated candles. Families and friends gather for dinner and light candles asking for the best wishes for next year. We celebrated it on one of the beaches of San Luis dancing and enjoying with a few families that treated me like one more.
On Saturday morning I dedicated it to diving. There are dozens of splendid points to enjoy diving in these Caribbean waters. I went to Blue wall already Pyramids. Two very different dives from each other: the first serves to admire a good wall of 30 meters with a narrow corridor that flows into the Blue Hole. The second dive is much more recreational and the characteristic is the multitude of ray blankets that are seen.
Diving in the Blue Wall
Is Essential visit to Johnny Cay. An islet in front of the island which is accessed by boat before 2:00 p.m. for 2 pesos (i / v, for foreigners). The entrance to the islet costs 4,000 pesos (for everyone). There are restaurants where you can eat a very tasty fish, in front of the blue waters and white sand, while you relax watching the landscape. At 15:30 the trips back to the island begin.
On my way back to the hostel, I met Estefan, a German who had just arrived and stayed for 6 months on the island to improve his Spanish and practice his kite surfing. The winds on the island make it a well-known destination for practitioners of this sport.
Estefan had also been in Fuerteventura for 6 weeks and I asked him if he had met my friend Pedrito, but there was no luck. Imagine that I once met a guy in Los Roques who knew my brother and a friend of his. This world is small.