Tyrona national park - alligator in the dark
Trip Start Apr 09, 2013
93Trip End Mar 15, 2014
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We eventually arrived at drop bear hostel which was pretty cool, not only because Steph's Australian friend Jane had told her so much about Drop bears, but because this was a mansion slightly out of town in the suburbs which used to be a drug cartel house
Whilst in Santa Marta we headed to Tyrona National Park, which the guide books, and many fellow travellers had raved about. It was a unique opportunity to be by the beach but also surrounded by luscious forests and wildlife. The journey there included a 3 hour hike through woods, up and over rocks and across sandy beaches. We were amazed by the number of ants we saw carrying leaves and we saw longest centipedes that we had ever seen.
Whilst here we slept on hammocks by the beach, took in the beautiful surroundings and hiked through the forests which also included some pretty small cave passages en route to Pueblito (a lost city). Whilst it seems that we were in paradise, you will be pleased to know that whilst England basked in sunshine on the may bank holiday weekend, it poured down with rain where we were and we slept in damp hammocks so maybe England isn't that bad after all!
We didn't really swim in the sea because on the first night that we arrived, an alligator appeared to come out of nowhere and lie on the beach before being scared back into the sea by a local throwing a coconut at it?!
Overall Tyrona National park gets a thumbs up not only because it meant that the heavy hiking boots that we had been carrying around for a month got some use but because we actually found the area beautiful and the hiking quite fun!