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... about Tayrona that should have been a negative, but turned out to be a positive was my first ever taking a shower, outside, in a thunderstorm, surrounded by palm trees. Invigorating.
So, back we go. Prior to Parque Tayrona we had been in Cartagena, the beautiful colonial town mentioned previously. The scene of Rash-gate. A couple more nights were spent there before we (that is Harry and his UN of mates - Americans, Aussies, Irish, ...
... volunteer Malik, a young guy from Copenhagen who was exploring his creative side as he wanted to get into drama and the arts. There was also a girl from Austria who was Sound-of-Music sweet who was volunteering in the kitchen. We all shared a dorm hut. The afternoons were spent visiting the nearby waterfalls, natural jacuzzi pools and swimming areas in the rivers. Otherwise, we just read, learnt Spanish or napped. It was a welcome change being up in the mountains in the ...
... fact they had photos of us on the system to stop anyone running up a big bill on someone else's tab everyone had managed to ignore that! The good news was half the stuff we'd eaten and drank were on this other Elizabeth's room, the bad news is the room next door to her had been reserved for us (well, reserved for her technically but luckily she didn't want it). For the same price we were in a much lesser room on the ground floor, dingey and noisy from the paddling ...
... and so the track which was once dirt, is now a slippery dip of slimy mud. So we spend the next four hours slip sliding our way up and down these mountains like Bambi on Ice. It's not a matter of IF you fall but WHEN. It's not pretty! After an exhausted sleep in a hammock, we wake up in the morning, realise due to the 100% humidity our clothes and shoes are actually wetter than when we hung them out the night before and so we put on wet clothes, socks ...
... on day three, the next two days would still consist of uphills and as it was rolling mountains the whole way. Day two was our longest day of eight hours hiking, to reach camp three, which was at the base of the lost city. Early on the morning of day three we walked up the 1200 steps to reach the ruins of the city where we spent the next three hours walking about with our guide (who didn't speak English but someone in our group translated). ...