Portraits of Santa Marta Route
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Santa Marta, Road Adventure

The rainwater fell to the floor, the temperature had dropped, the sky collapsed and as if it were not enough inside the cabin of the truck that brought us from the exit of Cartagena, nothing was seen, so we arrived in Santa Marta.

We arrived in the city of Barranquilla a few hours later and the only alternative we had left was to take a bus to our next destination: Santa Marta.

The capital of Magdalena welcomed us almost at night and passed by water, the double night face of the city disturbed us a bit, the night seems to disorient a little to those who visit a place for the first time.

The next two days we stayed in a hotel, until we were able to locate ourselves and find an economic option to the matter.

If we had known before ten minutes was a village camping possibilities we would not hesitate another second to flee the city.

Taganga is a small fishing village with around 3 thousand inhabitants, several long years ago that is part of the tourist visits.

Crossing a small hill on the other side of the town is an area exclusively of beach, where several Colombians and people from all over the world choose to relax, mainly on weekends.

Tayrona Park in Santa Marta

The trip was on its way, new airs to meet and together with two other Argentine couples with whom we had established friendship in Barú we decided to coordinate to visit the famous Tayrona Park, privatized where you look at it and with an exclusive entrance of 20 dollars that does not We were going to pay, a new challenge was coming.

Backpacks, food for several days and all the forces of the universe to enter unnoticed by natural roads in the middle of the jungle.

The Zaino entrance is next to the route going to the city of Palomino. A few meters from there is a bridge that crosses the Río Piedra.

The main idea to enter the park is to continue along the side of the river, approximately 500 meters, until palm trees and several banana plantations are visualized.

At that point, several roads are clearly visible, it is always advisable to deviate to the left without leaving the marked path until you reach the main route (it is paved being part of the Park, in any case if they are not located you can ask the locals for guidance good).

Once located on the route, without hesitation, it is possible to take a motorcycle (some locals offer this transport service for only two thousand Colombian pesos: 1 dollar).

In this way you can reach the area of Reefs to go unnoticed and camp safely without anyone claiming any type of entry.

You can ask for Jacobo who owns the cheapest campsite in the entire Park, so COP $5,000 per night ($ 2.5).

Safe and sound, it is time to enjoy the place and relax a little.

One of the most important natural parks in Colombia is located 34 km from the city of Santa Marta. It is a habitat for a large number of species that are distributed in regions with different thermal floors ranging from sea level to heights of 900 m.

Of the 15,000 hectares that make up the park, 3,000 are marine area.

There are several places that we can find inside the Tayrona Reserve, such as the Archaeological Museum of Chairama, located in the sector known as Cañaveral, the Los Naranjos Trail (where we enter, it is the first beach to be found following the Piedra River to its mouth).

The "Crystal Beach", the Reef Sector (area with accommodation, bathroom and restaurant services, the VIP sector), The Swimming Pool, enabled for swimming, the fantastic Cabo San Juan de Guía (the best beach according to our taste), the Pueblito Chairama (archaeological ruins of Tayrona settlers who inhabited it more than 500 years ago), among others.

 

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