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Colombia : Magdalena

1.9 km (1.2 miles) N of San Miguel (Bolívar), Magdalena, Colombia
Approx. altitude: 27 m (88 ft)
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Antipode: 9°S 106°E

Accuracy: 511 m (558 yd)
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#2: South view #3: East view #4: North view #5: West view #6: GPS screen #7: GPS screen 2 #8: Los visitantes (sin Natalia Vélez quien tomó la foto). Visitors (without Natalia who took the pictures)

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  9°N 74°W (incomplete) 

#1: General View of the confluence

(visited by Esteban Vélez Sáenz, Natalia Vélez Upegui and Juan Carlos Vélez Sáenz)

English

05-Sep-2015 -- La búsqueda de esta confluencia se inicia en Medellín el día 5 de septiembre de 2015, salimos a las 5:00 a.m. rumbo al municipio de El Banco (Magdalena). Viajamos Juan Carlos Vélez Sáenz, Felipe Bardawill, Natalia Vélez Upegui y yo, Esteban Vélez Sáenz, en busca de la novena confluencia visitada en Colombia.

Viajamos al Valle del río Magdalena en busca de la carretera Ruta del Sol que esta en construcción. Después de 3 horas de viaje, paramos en Puerto Berrio y desayunamos. Reiniciamos el recorrido por una vía de mucho tráfico de carga pesada y luego de 5 horas de viaje y con un calor sofocante de 35ºC a la sombra, paramos a descansar y a almorzar en el municipio de Aguachica.

Reiniciamos el viaje hasta llegar al corregimiento de El Burro, allí se voltea a la izquierda hacia el municipio de Tamalameque, se continua por una carretera en plena construcción y por fin llegamos a El Banco, a las 5:00 p.m. de la tarde y después de recorrer 595 km desde Medellín. Hacemos unos contactos y averiguaciones en busca de nuestro objetivo: 9N 74W. El señor Luis Carlos Vergara se ofrece guiarnos hasta la finca "El Líbano", propiedad del señor Ignacio Baiter, donde se encuentra la confluencia.

Luego de atravesar varios potreros, llegamos a la casa principal, donde dejamos el nuestro vehículo 4x4. A partir de aquí, el señor Luis Carlos Vergara nos transporta en una moto a Natalia Vélez Upegui y a mí hasta que llegamos junto al inicio de un monte primario. Seguimos caminando por el monte y comienza a anochecer. Con muchas dificultades, y picados por nubes de zancudos y mosquitos, llegamos por fin a nuestro objetivo: 9N 74W.

Son las 6:30 p.m. Natalia Vélez toma las fotografías del lugar, celebramos el acontecimiento y enterramos varias monedas como recuerdo. Retornamos ya de noche a encontrarnos con nuestros compañeros Felipe, y Juan Carlos. Salimos a la parte urbana, donde preguntamos por la vía que nos llevaría a Mompóx, destino donde nos esperaba un buen hotel y una buena comida para rematar nuestra dura jornada.

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29-Aug-2015-The attempt a this confluence starts in Medellín on 5 September 2015. We left at 5:00 a.m. heading to the town of El Banco (Magdalena). The travelers were Juan Carlos Vélez Sáenz, Felipe Bardawill, Natalia Vélez Upegui, and myself, Esteban Vélez Sáenz. This was to be my 9th confluence visited in Colombia and I was happy to travel with my brother and his family.

We descended toward the Magdalena river's valley, trying to take the yet unfinished "Ruta del Sol" highway. After 3 hours of driving, we stopped in the town of Puerto Berrío for breakfast. We restarted our trip in the middle of heavy traffic of trucks and after 5 more hours and with a very intentes heat and 35ºC of temperature, we stopped in the town of Aguachica for lunch.

Again in the road, we went to a place called El Burro and after a left turn, went to the town of Tamalameque and finally, around 5:00 p.m. and 595 km, we reached El Banco. We talked to some local folks asking for directions and we managed to hire a local guide called Luis Carlos Vergara who took us to a ranch called "El Líbano", owned by Mr. Ignacio Baiter. It is in this ranch where the confluence is located.

We parked our car nearby the main house and then we rented a motorcycle that Natalia Vélez and I used to reach to limit of a small forest. We interned into it amid a lot of difficulties and mosquito bites. After a very exhausting walk and just when the sun was setting, we reached our objective: 9Nº 74Wº.

It was 6:30 p.m. Natalia took the pictures of the place, we hugged each other and buried some coins at the site as a memorial, a custom from my very first confluence visit. We returned in the dark to the house to meet Felipe and Juan Carlos. Again in our car, we returned to the town and asked for the best route to Mompox, our final destination and where a nice hotel and nice dinner were waiting for us as a reward for such a strenuous day.

Coordinator's Note: We encourage visitors to not leave objects (geocaching) in the confluence, or remove anything that belongs to confluence. The site shall remain unchanged.


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#1: General View of the confluence
#2: South view
#3: East view
#4: North view
#5: West view
#6: GPS screen
#7: GPS screen 2
#8: Los visitantes (sin Natalia Vélez quien tomó la foto). Visitors (without Natalia who took the pictures)
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