Colombia: Lost In Tayrona

By , October 25, 2010 5:00 am
Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park

It seems wherever we go the rain comes with us. We were hesitant about going to Tayrona with the bad weather, but our friends who went before, convinced us it was a must-see. We stocked up on some snacks and on the local bus to Tayrona we went.

Through the jungle we hiked in our sandals. It was wet most of the way so we had to walk in mud. There were many moments when the mud actually reached our knees. We quickly realized we were better off wearing nothing on our feet. Over time, I still did not get used to stepping in the wet mud but I got good at it. There were so many ants, especially large red ones, and when we weren’t watching where we stepped, those suckers bit hard. Worse than that, there were many thorny branches so we had to be super careful not to step on or bump into one.

Hiking In Mud

Hiking In Mud

After two hours, we were finally rewarded with sun, soft sand, and sounds of waves crashing. It was a beautiful moment and all we wanted to do was to jump in the water but unfortunately we had to hike 30 more minutes to a safe swimmable area. Along the way, I kept seeing scenes from the television series, “Lost”.

Backdrop Of Palm Trees And Jungle

Backdrop Of Palm Trees And Jungle

Feels Like Paradise

Feels Like Paradise

Our final stop in Tayrona was El Cabo. It was truly a postcard shot with the beach, large rocks, and a backdrop of palm trees and jungle. In the middle of two beaches was a two story wooden bungalow. On the first floor were just hammocks and on the second floor were four private rooms. We rented two hammocks and had a great sleep under the star lit sky.

Welcome To Cabo

Welcome To Cabo

Hammocks With Memorable Views

Hammocks With Memorable Views

We are so thankful the bad, turned to good, weather we had during our three days in Tayrona. Ironically, my favorite moment was when it rained. It was just a wonderful feeling to be swimming in the cool seawater and having raindrops fall on us at the same time. Also, it was kind of nice having the entire beach to ourselves.

Let It Rain

Let It Rain

Rainbow After Rain

Rainbow After Rain

What We Paid: Colombian
Pesos
1800
USD eRate
2500
Euro eRate
Taganga
– Local bus from Taganga to Santa Marta: 20 mins 1,200 0.67 0.48
– Private Double Room at Casa Felipe Hostal:
fan only, private bathroom, shared kitchen, wifi, great staff, highly recommend
40,000 22.22 16.00
– Meals: DIY, supermarket in Santa Marta
– Bus from Cartagena to Taganga: 6 hours 40,000 22.22 16.00
Tayrona
– Park Entrance 34,000 18.89 13.60
– Shuttle Inside Park: Or walk 1 hour 2,000 1.11 0.80
– Hammock @ Cabo 25,000 13.89 10.00
– Breakfast 8,000 4.44 3.20
– Lunch 14,000 7.78 5.60
– Dinner 21,500 11.94 8.60
– Local Bus From Santa Marta To Tayrona: 1 hour 4,000 2.22 1.60
Tip 1: Buy Snacks in Santa Marta before going to the park
Tip 2: When leaving the park, there are lots of taxi’s who did a one-way drop off and would bring you back to Santa Marta for same price as the local bus

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8 Responses to “Colombia: Lost In Tayrona”

  1. Jessi says:

    love these pics. adorable set up where you stayed. although could
    have done w/out the spider. yikes!!!

  2. the Doctor says:

    Wow, you guys were not kidding about the mud. I can’t believe you
    got bitten by the giant red ants – Ben kept taunting one, but his
    skin was too thick for the ant to bite through.

  3. muimui says:

    Thanks Jessi! You have to make here one day. The spiders are huge
    but they won’t kill you :)

  4. muimui says:

    LOL! Btw, Thanks for the recommendation Dr. D.

  5. dee says:

    what a lovely place, and great pictures! What’s the memorable views
    you saw while lying in the hammocks?

  6. muimui says:

    The backdrop of the jungle, palm trees, beach and the stars at
    night are not enough. :) You will have to come out here one day and
    see yourself. You will never want to leave.

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