Paradise has a name - tayrona national park!

Trip Start May 16, 2012
Trip End Aug 02, 2012

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Flag of Colombia  , Magdalena Department,
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

With our daypacks packed, we headed out by bus to parque nacional tayrona. It is around 85 Km of national park along the northern coast of Columbia.

We arrived at the opening checkpoint where guards searched your bags, we had forgotten that jake had in his bag his small mound of crystallized salt from the salt flats in Bolivia! That was really funny trying to explain to the non-English speaking police what is was! Eventually they let us through with it, with a stern warning - no drugs in the park!!

Back onto the bus to go to the first campsite, canaveral (which is as far as cars can go), on the way we stopped as a caiman was resting in the middle of the road!

We then started our hike through the rainforest for 45 minutes to the second campsite, arricefes. Along the way we saw some gorgeous views down to the beaches below. We managed to take a few pictures before our second (and last) camera died!! So there is only a few pictures for this blog entry as we could only use the iPhone, what a shame it is absolutely beautiful here!!

We set out for our second part of the hike to our campsite, Cabo San Juan. This took around 1 1/4 hours, walking on beaches, and through beachy rainforests with lots of crabs running around. Along the way there are many beaches which are too dangerous to swim at and many people have died there. So we were very glad to get to our campsite for a swim after hiking in the hot afternoon sun.

Our campsite was great, right on some picturesque beaches. We had heard that you could stay in hammocks on a hut on the top of a cliff overlooking the water, unfortunately it was already full so we hired a tent instead for 2 nights.

We spent the 3 days relaxing, swimming & tanning at some beautiful beaches and exploring some of the park. Many of the beaches further away from the campsites were totally secluded with no one in site.

On our hike bike to meet our bus back to taganga we were lucky enough to see a family of monkies in the trees above us. They were very cute and cheeky.

Back to taganga to get our bags and then stay over night in Santa Marta before heading on our flights to Manuas, brazil.
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Yvonne on

Even after all that sun Jake still looks white!!!! Love to you both.

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