Sunday 4 March 2007
Wow what an amazing spot Tayrona National Park is. After arriving at the gate it`s a 45min walk to the first beach, Arrecifes, through tall canopied green rainforest. The beach is brilliant, the water bright blue, with strong, constant waves crashing onto shore. I paused here only to take some photos, and walked the other 45min, past some beautiful little beaches on the way, to El Cabo, a stunning beach in two horseshoe shapes lined with giagantic boulders and filled with the same glorious blue colour. Here, too, I passed by to climb the steep and rocky 1.25hrs to El Pueblito, a small but impressive archaeological site left over from the Tayrona Indians. When I came back down I paid for a hammock on the beach for a night, threw my stuff into a locker, and hit the beach to cool down after a hot and muggy hike.
Oh this place is so gorgeous. On the path I passed army ant highways, countless little lizards that scurry off when they sense your footsteps, colourful butterflies, massive king vultures up in the treetops with wingspans wider than I am tall... I met some good people, though mostly stuck to myself, reading and relaxing by the water. And the lunar eclipse last night was spectacular!
I didn`t sleep well cuz I wasn`t prepared for the chill that came at night, but was happy in the morning nevertheless. I went to look at a couple smaller beaches mostly for the walk, had a nice breakfast, and trekked back to get a ride to Santa Marta.
This is rushed cuz I`m almost out of internet time by the way. Tomorrow I head to Taganga for a night or two, a little fishing village I hear is nice.
8 days left!!!!!!!!!!!!!!