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.
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”.
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.
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.
|What We Paid:||Colombian
|– 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
|– Meals: DIY, supermarket in Santa Marta|
|– Bus from Cartagena to Taganga: 6 hours||40,000||22.22||16.00|
|– 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|
|– 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|