We are only human

Trip Start Feb 02, 2010
Trip End Oct 26, 2010

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San Juan campsite

Flag of Colombia  , Magdalena,
Tuesday, July 27, 2010

We arrived in Taganga and had a surprise visit from some traveling friends, Miriam and Leonie who were staying in Santa Marta, only 5 minutes from Taganga. Had a beautiful dinner of Ceviche, lemon marinated fish cooked by one of the hostel stayers.  This was followed by loads of dancing and beer at one of the local nightclubs. We unfortunately had to say goodbye to them as Miriam was flying back to German. As the girls could not get themselves sorted the next day, that meant we stretched the farewell out for one more day. Unfortunately Taganga was not offering any great swimming options and considering we were on the Caribbean coast we were only human to expect great things. I think we watch too many movies.

On Sunday we left for the National Park, only 45 minutes drive from the Taganga and we were expecting big things from it.  We were driven by the taxi to the trekking point with about 2 hours of walking through a very muddy path to our first nights accommodation at San Juan. I cannot remember the last time I had sweat so much however with the thought of those beauitful beaches waiting for you on the other side, this keep us going. We set up the tent, yes Matt & Cat we finally used the 3 men number and Bern was ever so delighted with it, we made our way to the beach. I am still not sure what we had in mind and even though the water was refreshing were did not see the depicted clear, calm turquoise water. There was loads of fun to be had and I cannot remember the last time I had been dumped by so many waves. Not sure if it normally this rough as we did hear of a storm in Mexico which could say something about the visibility. Was some great boulders which we swam out to for a little rest and of course a sunbake. Had a quite night, just the 2 of us which the sounds of waves breaking which put us quickly to sleep.

The next day we headed for a short walk to another beach a little further along from the campsite which was more to our liking with less people. The boys spent the day cracking coconuts for us lovely ladies and with another traveler playing guitar this was more the scene we had expect. The afternoon was filled with Poker and beer. Bernie scooped the 2nd pot just before all the lights went out.

We made a move the next day to check out some of the other campsites which were a bit quieter however also require more of a walk to a beach. We thought it would be a great idea at the time however when we got there things were not sitting right with us and all we were doing was missing San Juan. We both did not have the strength to walk back to the campsite we had just left so when I got my flip flop stuck in the mud for the 50th time we saw this as a sign and made our way to the entrance gate. Once we got there we found a cabbie who was charging over double the price to get back to Taganga so we dumped him and started looking for a cheaper option and we found him. For less than half of the original price we arrived back in an 80 year old car with this 90 year old man driving. We were a little concerned that we might lost a wheel or something with the state of the vehicle but once we set off we were not concerned as the car did not go fast enough to spin out of control. The lovely man did a alot of waving to everyone so we thought he was probably not a bad person as everyone seemed to know and like him, we were in good hands.

I think one of the other reason why we wanted to go to Tayrone was from the information written in The Gringo Trail and as this book is about 10 years old, in all fairness the place has changed. Personally we think it is more about a business opportunity then the place which is a shame. We did get wind of a nicer place near Cartagena so instead of spending time in the park we decided to bank some days and spend them there instead. Happy days. :-)

T & B
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