Sailing in Providencia, Colombia, Hiking El Pico, Snorkeling Crab Cay, and Morgan’s Head S1E678

This is the directors cut of the combination of episodes S1E6, S1E7, and S1E8 of the round the world vlog. The Slow Boat sails from Cayo Largo, Cuba across the Caribbean Sea to the remote island of Providencia, Colombia, a.k.a. Old Providence. Electrical sparks on the lifelines endangers the boat on the crossing. We face the legend of the pirate and privateer Captain Morgan as we enter the harbor. In this video cruising guide, we show why Providencia is a cruiser’s paradise with all the essentials within close walking distance of the dinghy landing. Free WIFI, several grocery stores, two ATMs, and many other essentials are a few steps from the dock. We show how to check in, get water, and get fuel. Stevie visits the airport. Linus fixes the generator and puts up a new board used to secure the fuel cans.

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Stevie and I leave the boat to hike up the highest mountain in Providencia, Colombia, a.k.a. Old Providence. To our surprise we found a well marked and maintained trail. It was as high quality as you would find as in any U.S. national park, but we only saw one other couple hiking the trail. Compare that to the 1,000s that hike Diamondhead in Oahu every day. The views at the top of El Pico in Providencia, “The Peak’, were magnificient. You must do this hike if you visit! If you can walk a 5K, you should be up for this challenge. Just take lots of water!

The El Pico, “The Peak”, hike begins is in the Bottom House neighborhood of Providencia. It is almost on the opposite side of the town and ferry dock.

It probably takes about two hours up and one hour down. Give yourself plenty of daylight. (You could kill yourself in the dark.) There is no guard rail at the end and the path is narrow. We did not have a guide and I don’t think one is necessary. It is better to hike it when its dry otherwise the path will be muddy.

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In this episode the Slow Boat crew, Stevie and Linus, visit the best snorkeling spots in Providencia, Colombia, in the Caribbean Sea. They visit Crab Cay (part of Old Providence McBean Lagoon national part) by dinghy and hike and dinghy out to Morgan’s Head on Santa Catalina island to see the real pirate treasure, an unspoiled reef close to shore. There is a pedestrian bridge connecting Santa Catalina island to the main town in Providencia. Linus also visits the ruins of Ft. Warwick. Both Morgan’s Head and Ft. Warwick are a short hike from the town in Providencia and are accessible by a pedestrian bridge. Both spots are no fishing zones.

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