Tayrona National Park

Trip Start Nov 24, 2007
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Trip End May 15, 2008


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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

   Bye Taganga. Bye diving. Next up along Colombia´s Caribbean coast, Tayrona National Park, a gorgeous stretch of unspoiled coastline blanketed by a dense jungle vegetation coming down from the impressive Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta - the highest coastal mountain range in the world (a comparable gradient to that of the Himalaya range), 5,800 meters or 16,400 ft.

Upon our arrival in the park, packing our wonderful $9 tent, we crossed paths with a group of curious black and white Capuchin monkeys swinging their way towards the ocean from the tree tops high above. From that moment on until we parted ways with Tayrona two days later, our time there was filled with excellent memories. Far and away one of the prettiest stretches of coastline I have ever seen in my life, I quickly changed from a 23 year old rivers, streams and mountains guy into a beach loving addict dreaming about life as a shipwrecked pirate on the white sands of the Caribbean. Last August prior to this trip while hiking up in the Eagle Caps doing rehab on a fire our crew was sent to work on for about two weeks, I kept myself preoccupied by thinking of better days ahead, wallowing in the sun and swimming in the blue waters of the Caribbean. To say the least, it all came true. For the last few days in the park Maya and I walked along gorgeous deserted beaches, overdosed on freshly cracked coconuts we "appropriated" from the jungle floor, listened to the sea crash on to the incredibly massive boulders that littered the coastline, spent a little time on a deserted nudist beach and of course, slept like babies in our wonderful little tent made in China and still holding strong...

For anyone looking to venture South, mark your maps, this place is paradise. I'll leave the pictures to say the rest....
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