Parque Tayrona: paradise of sand and sun

Trip Start Jan 01, 2006
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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Well, everyone coming to the countries around the Caribbean want to see the sand and the sun... and we do have the sand and the sun, only some of the best places to catch it aren't that easy to reach, are hardly crowded and lack any of the average comforts... Does that turn you away or does it sound like the perfect place? It's Tayrona National Park. Evidently, I wouldn't be writing about it if I didn't think it is one of the most stunning places I've ever been to...

How often can you catch a glimpse of the ocean, the beach, a mountain range and (occasionally) snow, all in the same photo? I think that would only be possible here, at Tayrona. The Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta is the only mountain range by the sea in the world, and Tayrona is a national park at its foothills, covering the beach part of the range.   You have more an enormous amount of beaches, inlets, bays, coves, all at your disposal... Your reward for the hours of walking: a place in between the palm trees, a hammock and the hypnotizing murmur of the ocean... 


There's a little bit of everything: beaches where the waves break violently against the rocks for you to gaze at (Naranjos),   beaches with some of the most dangerous rip currents around (Cañaveral), beaches that can be accessed only after some boulder climbing (from Arrecifes), beaches where the water hardly moves at all (La Piscina), beaches where you can hardly see any people around (Arrecifes),   small inlets that are hidden in between rocks and shrubs, beaches with lookouts out towards the ocean (Cabo San Juan de la Guía)... anything you like, for the mood you're in any day of the week...
 

And if all that trekking in the sand hasn't tired you yet there's still the walk up to Pueblito, a small Tayrona village of Precolumbian times. An hour and a half of steep walking up, starting from sea level all the way to the where 800 meters the town lies, walking through an old Indian path of rock upon rock, boulder upon boulder, and the occasional shrub to jump from one to the other... and then you arrive at this small terraced town ruins, guarded by local Kogui indians.



Sounds like paradise, eh?


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