After a couple of days in Bogota, a very early flight took us to Santa Marta, the start point to explore ColombiaCaribbean coast.
We planned to go to Tayrona national park, where the Sierra Nevada mountains go down directly on unspoiled beaches, where nature is wild & human presence is almost invisible.
Also people are really nice, so if you’re a bit lost with all the buses in Santa Marta, they’ll help you out!
For European standards, those taxi fares are really, really, reasonable.
We obviously chose this last option and ride our horses until Cabo San Juan.
There we queued again – I must say that all those tourists take away some of the beauty & wilderness of the place… – to book a place to sleep, you can choose between hammocks or tents.
There are also two double rooms in the wooden cabin overlooking the sea. You can book them in advance through internet, but they’re obviously quite always full.
We finally had our tent & strategically placed in front of the sea and a bit far away from all the others 😉
Tired & hungry from the long trip to reach El Cabo, we made a beeline for the only restaurant available.
I read food was expensive & not really tasty in Tayorna, but I actually found the restaurant served good food, exceptionally good seafood & prices were quite affordable.
Plus, when you can have lunch in front fo such a view, who would complain? ?
We spent the afternoon chilling in the sun
& swimming & snorkeling in the crystal blue water
Tayrona is a wonderful sequence of a beach after another & at the end of the afternoon we decided to have a walk to explore a bit more & headed to the beach next to El Cabo one.
Discovering blue crabs along the way.
The next beach was even more beautiful & also much more wild.
But waves & currents are really strong – not only in Tayrona but generally on this side of Colombian coast – and swimming is not recommended, except in naturally protected beaches like El Cabo or La Piscina.
…until you start seeing naked people & you realize you’re on a nudist beach. ? That’s when we decided to turn back to El Cabo beach.
The sun was starting to set & people were playing football on the beach
& we took possession of our tent to relax & watch the sunset…
…Before heading back to the camp restaurant for some grilled fish & exceptionally good fruit juice.
What you should also know is that, except for a couple of hours in the restaurant, there is no electricity nor lights in Tayrona.
Once the sun sets down, it’s very dark & there’s no much to do at night… But if you don’t mind being surrounded by nature in a still untouched place, El Cabo in Tayrona is a perfect, wonderful place.