SANTA MARTA - LA QUINTA DE SAN PEDRO ALEJANDRINO
Nov 18 - Melting on the Coast

Before we came to Colombia we asked Felipe's dad where he would live if he could buy a place in Colombia. He said we should look into Santa Marta. It's a medium sized city on the Carribean coast with a steady stream of tourists, mostly middle class Colombians from further inland, a decent infrastructure and easy connections to the rest of the big cities in the country. He thought it would be a good investment over the years to get a place there.

So I had high expectations for the city. But from the moment I stepped off the plane I knew this was not the place for me. I was melting from the heat. Being hot and sticky and feeling like I need to take multiple showers in a day is not my idea of fun. After this entire Colombia trip, I've decided that the only place where I would love to live is Medellín--with one of its beauties being its year-round spring weather.

If it wasn't for Parque Tayrona, I'm not sure if I would come back to Santa Marta. But we did spend a day touring the place where Bolívar died, now full of massive ancient trees and a nice museum to remember his life and death.

serious discussion
view from peñol de guatape
zocalos on the houses

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PARQUE TAYRONA
Nov 19 - Playground

If there is a place in Colombia that stands out from the other places we´ve seen, it´s Parque Tayrona. It´s about an hour from Santa Marta but it feels a world away. The superb scenery as the forests and sea meet is truly awesome. We stayed at a beautiful lodge with our bed hovering over the crashing waves--our dreams that night included lots of raging storms.

During the day, we took trips into the park itself. Hiking a long time in a forest is generally not fun for me as it gets boring walking through the same trees for hours. But in this park, it was constantly changing during the hike. We would hike from bushy forests with tall leafy trees and industrious ant trails, to meandering mazes of gnarled branches perfect for a scene from the Headless Horseman, to sunning ourselves on an empty sandy beach surrounded by towering palm trees, to eating spaghetti and drinking fresh juice in the lively backpacker village by the sea.

A highlight was the hike to Pueblito. Not for the lost village itself, which is just a few huts on top of some unidentifiable ancient ruins and a guy selling soft drinks from a cooler. But the hike there was so much fun! We clambered over massive boulders and giant tree roots and I felt like I was a kid back in elementary school playing outside during recess. A really really amazing place.

serious discussion
view from peñol de guatape
zocalos on the houses
peñol countryside
sitting in guatape
zocalos on the houses
our own paisa
more zocalos
our own paisa
sitting in guatape
peñol countryside
zocalos on the houses

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