Beach time in Colombia
Trip Start Apr 12, 2011
86Trip End Apr 01, 2012
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The next day it’s sunny so we head to the beach – Bahia Concha. It takes a bit of time and negotiation on costs but we get there (end up paying double local price – a bit frustrating)
The next day we are off to Tayrona National Park for an overnight stay. It’s only 45 min from the hostel and known for beautiful beaches. However you have to work for your beaches – about a 3hr walk through jungle, along beaches and very muddy paths but each time you come across a beautiful deserted bay (and get to cool off), it’s worth it. Also there is plenty of wildlife to keep us occupied – lizards of all shapes, sizes and colours rustle about when we disturb them and birds fly overhead. We eventually get to the most popular bay, Cabo de San Juan, which has a long sandy bay, turquoise warm water and is sheltered from the waves. Even I spend a lot of time in the water. The restaurant serves very good seafood and so the rest of the day passes with some food, beers, swimming and sunbathing. The sunset is amazing with purple / pink skies and picture perfect conditions. Really does seem like something out of a movie set.
We sleep in hammocks which may sound perfect but in reality, they are slightly damp, smelly and rammed into a shed of about 30
Up early the next day (not too easy to sleep late in a hammock), we spend the day making our way back out of the park, stopping at each beach for a while to enjoy the water. On our way back we even come across a couple of snakes on the path and have to wait until they clear off – one quite large bright green snake and another tiny little one slithered into the trees. Having never got close to the snake in the jungle and not expecting to see any here as the path is busy enough – I’m a little bit unnerved but Jonny is glad we saw them on the way out and not the way in (there would have been a lot less sleep if I had been thinking of snakes!). He does attempt to get close for a photo (surprise surprise) but just misses as the snake goes back into the undergrowth.
These were definitely the most beautiful beaches we have seen, as they are so natural and very well protected. Worth the hard trek there, and one of our highlights so far!