We find yet more starving insects

Trip Start Aug 11, 2009
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Trip End Sep 30, 2010


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in a hammock on the beach

Flag of Colombia  , Magdalena,
Tuesday, September 8, 2009

To get to Tayrona National Park, we slosh though fishy smelling lane ways at the back of the public markets in search of the local bus, which drops us off at the park entrance. Some kind Colombian tourists give us a lift for the 4km into the park to the coast. It is then an hour and a half walk through humid jungle and along beaches to the accommodation (and the only beach that is rip-free and safe to swim on). Maybe we should have hired a horse or two.
Our accommodation is 2 hammocks under the roof of a pavilion, precariously perched on a rocky outcrop between 2 picturesque bays. The scenery is stunning - it would be even better without the rows of people lining the beach roasting themselves. We spend the afternoon snorkeling and trying to avoid other loud Australians.
A storm blows in during the night, whipping empty hammocks into a frenzy and smashing peoples food off the bench onto the floor. Once it quietens down, I get woken by the mice under my hammock, feasting on the food. In the morning we have yet more insect bites, and the weather has turned bad, so we beat a hasty retreat back through the jungle to the bus.
The police are very keen on searching buses here - in the 1 hour bus trip, we are stopped twice and everyone herded off the bus for the cops to search under the seats. They also pat down a few dodgy looking passengers. Luckily Bevan's beard doesn't seem to put him in the dodgy-looking category.
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