We are only human
Trip Start Feb 02, 2010
60Trip End Oct 26, 2010
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San Juan campsite
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
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
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. :-)
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