The next step of my trip was the tiny and unknown country of El Salvador... kind of a mandatory stop on my way to Guatemala.
Since I decided to skip Costa Rica, I headed to the next central american country... Nicaragua. I did not have any idea of what to find there, I mean for me Nicaragua is only famous for having been "managed" by the USA and the CIA.
After landing in the San Blas islands, I took a small boat to reach the continent... then reached Panama City in a 4WD (4 wheel drive car). I stayed there longer than expected due to some... issues.
So finally here I was... on a boat going to the San Blas Islands in Panama. This was a 5 days trip: 2 days in the ocean and then 3 days in the islands. And now that it's finished I can tell you I was not feeling so safe about this trip but I decided to do it.
Once a boat had been found for San Blas and Panama, I had a few days to spend... and since I had the feeling to have seen everything worth seeing in Cartagena I headed for another town nearby called Santa Marta. It is mainly famous as a vacation spot for Colombian people. On my side I did not exactly go to Santa Marta but to a village nearby called Taganga, famous around backpackers.
Reaching Cartagena was a pleasure... imagine skipping 24 hours!!! In these conditions, the 1 hour flight was really enjoyable even if the arrival in Cartagena was a little bit "bumpy" :D
So finally I reached Bogota, the major stop of my way northwards to Mexico as, thanks to my job, I know several people there and had initially planned to stay there to rest and relax after those long months of bus.