Posts Tagged ‘beach’

After recovering from the wedding in Medellin, 7 of us headed North to Cartegena (where I apparently didn’t take many pictures, and therefore don’t have much to post) for three days. Then we hopped on a bus to Santa Marta, and then on another bus to Parque Tayrona National Park. From there it was a couple hours of hiking into the park to get to some gorgeous beaches.

There are no paved roads all the way into the park, so all the food/drinks/etc are hauled in on mules alongside hikers on the trails. The beaches we hiked into were spectacular, but the current was too strong to allow swimming. We hiked down the beach a ways to a ‘piscina’ where we could get into the water.

From there we said goodbye to the crew we were travelling with, and headed back to Santa Marta for a few days rest before heading out into the jungle for a five day trek. We’re back to civilization, safe and sound, and in Bogota now. To all the California folk – Im happy to hear the rains have finally subsided, and hope you all faired well through the storm. Until next time, I leave you with the most ridiculous food item we have encountered yet – bologna pizza, in Santa Marta. Gross.


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The first week of our trip was on an island off the Caribbean coast of Panama called Isla Colon. The Bocas Del Toro area is a string of tons of islands with awesome surf breaks and beautiful beaches. You can hop on water taxis to get to and from the main island.

We spent a lot of time on the beach, hiking, surfing (at least Ryan and Mike did – I didnt quite get up the courage. The waves were mas grande!) and general relaxing.

Evenings were spent at the local bars, and at our hostel (Mondo Taitu – I highly recommend it if you find yourself in Bocas)… where we developed a new obsession with Rum and Ginger Ale. New Years Eve was crazy – all the locals and tourists lined the streets and shot off fireworks.

After our island getaway, we traveled to Panama City, where we bid Grazier adieu (we miss you!) and then to Colombia, where we are currently. Im a little behind because we’ve been traveling en masse with a group of eleven… more to come!

Misses to you all.

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