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Flag of Colombia  , Magdalena,
Monday, May 23, 2011

On our way to Taganga it rained like I have never seen before, the skies opened and roads became rivers. The locals take this in their stride and don't bat and eyelid, everyone just gets on with it as if it’s not raining at all.

Taganga is a tiny fishing village set around a horse-shoe bay and has a tranquil beauty to it. Life here revolves around fishing and tourists. In the evening we walked along the beach watching locals pull in the catch of the day which included snapper and decent tuna. We walked along the cliffs and watched some more locals netting fish off the beach.

That evening we decided to go to the 'cinema’ so we bought a 2 litre coke, made some popcorn and watched The Butterfly Effect in the hostel, it was nice to do something kind of normal for a change.

The next day we went off to the Tayrona National Park. We arrived at the entrance proceeded and to hike to our accommodation. The jungle was unbelievably beautiful and I felt like we were all starring in Avatar. Within the first 10 minutes we spotted a cayman which we thought had to be fake, but then started swimming around. The jungle floor was lined with troops of ants carrying cut leaves to rebuild their homes which are damaged daily by the rain. We were spoilt with a whole lot of facts about ants as Frenchie had read The Ant. It must have been hillarous seeing 4 gringos wondering around the forest following ants to their homes. After about an hour the jungle dropped into the ocean and presented us with another one of nature’s master pieces. The ocean has now begun to change and has waves and currents and the Caribbean is morphing into the Atlantic.

Our accommodation (Finca Don Pedro) was set among mango and avo trees and was perfect spot to relax and take in the jungle. The rest of the day was spent fooling around on the beach and walking through the jungle.

The following morning we got off the gringo trail and visited Quebrada Valencia. A short walk and we amongst a beautiful series of waterfalls, a local advised us that the further you walk the more amazing it gets. We weren’t disappointed and had beautiful pools to ourselves. We spent the day jumping off rocks swimming and hunting wildlife. We found some huge fresh water prawns that looked more like crayfish and Maccers showed us how to catch them (Frenchie pointed out however that the aim of the game is to catch them alive). We also made Tree proud and found a snake. The area is abundant with life and you can feel life pulsing through the jungle.

The day wouldn’t have been complete without some more action, so I decided to bash my head on a rock and get a nasty gash above my eyebrow. I officially have the best worst luck ever and luckily didn’t bash my nose or teeth out. We hiked out and got a bus to a clinic where I got 5 stitches. That night was an early one.

I can now confidently say that I deserve the title chaos, not only have I managed to break more stuff than Maccers (as impossible as it may seem), but I have also managed to injure myself more than Sean, Frenchie and Maccers put together.

Off to San Gil for some more action, hopefully I can stay out of trouble.
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