Isla Fuerte, Colombia

This is Isla Fuerte ("Strong Island"). It was the main reason why I passed through Monteria, MoƱitos and Paso Nuevo. It is a small island with, once again, very few people and no foreigners. It is a fantastic island with dark sand beaches and a very inviting shoreline.

[Below] There are no cars on Isla Fuerte, hence no need for roads. Most of the "streets" are simply a passage of grass or dirt between wooden dwellings. It has a very relaxed atmosphere.

[Below] Did I mention the beaches? It's possible to camp on the beaches and there is also some cabins and accomodation, which I imagine is used by the Colombian tourists when they visit in the high season.

[Below] The church can be found on the main road.

[Below] The people are super friendly. The little boy on the left sat next to me on the speed-boat from Paso Nuevo. He was extremely curious about where I am from and my appearance that he was continually asking me questions - even if I didn't answer. His coastal accent was difficult to understand, but when I told him of my difficulties he found it strange that my native language could be anything other than Spanish. We sat without speaking for a few minutes, in which time he examined the hair on my leg - grabbing it, stretching it out and then letting it go.

[Below] This man was sitting on his front porch, lazing about - as is a common past-time in Colombia. I started speaking to him and asked him where I could find a place to have lunch. His wife, also on the porch, said that she would be very happy to cook something for me for a minimal fee (U$5). It was delicious.

[Below] There are leaves behind this boy because he is in a tree.

[Below] My communication with this old man was strictly restricted to head movements and hand signals.

[Below] An antique washing machine.

Isla Fuerte is off the beaten track but definitely worth a visit!

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