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Trip Start Oct 02, 2009
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After once again waking up in the sweat box, we gathered our stuff and headed off to nearby Taganga, an authentic fishing town, known as a great place for scuba diving and beautiful beaches nearby.
We had heard a lot of good stories about Taganga but our first impressions once again were not great. The taxi driver was bringing us up some dirt road to the hostel, we thought we were in the back of beyonds altogether. After finding another hostel, the Bay View Hostel & taking a walk on the beach our opinions quickly changed. The hostel was only five minutes from the beach, had a good swimming pool and air conditioning. On our first evening we went for dinner down by the beach front, dinner was lovely but whatever Pa and Steve ate didn't go down too well. Over the next 2-3 days the boys spent their time between the bed and the toilet
As the two sick-notes weren't fit for much, Brian spent the next two days by the pool. On the Sunday Steve and Brian signed up to get their scuba diving PADI license. They completed a four day course with a company called Octopus, the entire course only cost around 200 Euros so it was very good value for money. The reason the course was so cheap was because there are numerous diving schools in Taganga. The boys started off with a pool session on the Sunday/Monday morning, here they learned all the skills needed before hitting the sea. On the Monday afternoon the lads head out for the first two dives in the sea. The max depth on the first day was 12 metres, Steve seemed to be having a little trouble in the first day, he was like a yo-yo in the water, couldn't say up or down. On day two we went to 18 metres, day two was a bit more enjoyable for all.
We completed our written examination on Wednesday after two fun dives. Meanwhile back at the ranch while the two boys were trying to find Nemo, Pa got his head shaved & worked on his tan, he did a good job. Now fits in with locals very well, we feel a lot safer.
We met some good people in the hostel and enjoyed a few good nights out in the Mirador & La Puerta
Brian missed this as he was catching up on some sleep.... ONCE AGAIN
We all agreed Taganga was a nice place and one we could easily come back to. However after an interesting night out, Pa believed the place was corrupt. No surprises there.
Tayrona National Park
Thursday morning we gathered a few snacks and headed off for Tayrona. One of Colombia's most popular national parks, Tayrona is set on the jungle-covered coast at the foot of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. The park stretches along the coast from the Bahía de Taganga near Santa Marta to the mouth of the Río Piedras, 35km to the east. After an hour on a bus we were dropped off at the park entrance. This was followed by a long 2 hour walk through the jungle in savage heat. We stayed in a place called Cabo San Juan Del Guia. The scenery was unreal and had to be seen to be believed. We spent two days here relaxing on the beach/swimming in the Caribbean.
On the second night we chose to pay extra for the upstairs hammocks. These are hammocks in a hut on top of rocks. The setting was amazing, the hammocks were out in the open but not such a good idea after all. The wind picked up, driving waves against the rocks below and it got pretty cold. Between the 3 of us we got NO sleep. It was like sleeping in a hammock on the Skelligs Rock for the night.
We all said it was the worst night we ever put down but that didn't take away from the place and all agreed it was our favourite part of the trip so far.
We really enjoyed our time in Taganga & Tayrona and would highly recommend both. The fresh juices in Taganga were something to behold.
We have also found ourselves speaking a lot more Irish....
Next is San Gil....