After four days of trekking in the jungle , Tayrona Park came right down from heaven. We spent two days sunbathing, taking naps in the hammocks, walking on the beach, and sipping on coconut water. Pure bliss!
Two days in Paradise – Tayrona Park
Bertrand and I spent three days in Bogota, then made our way to Santa Marta for the four days trek to the Lost City, and finally two days in this little paradise on the Caribbean, Tayrona Park. After trekking for 44 km in the jungle, resting on the beach was exactly what the doctor had prescribed. We took advantage of the relaxing time and spent our laziest two days during the whole six months trip in South America, and you know what? We loved it! Although we are active people and we love to see everything, after such a physical effort, we had earned our laziness.
We stayed at Tayrona Tented Lodge, an eco hotel right on the beach, surrounded by palm trees, where the only sounds you hear are the birds in the trees and the waves crashing on the shore. When I say we didn’t do anything, I really mean it. We had all three meals included in our stay so we didn’t even need to go out for dinner :). This is not to say that there are no places to see. Tayrona Park is one of the region’s attractions, so if you don’t suffer from laziness as we did, go check it out.
Must do for all the Lost City trek, survivors :)
For all of you thinking of doing the Lost city trek, I want to say, first of all, good luck. It’s a tough one. No joke. We did the trek in March and we melted during the four days walking in the jungle. However,in the end, when the blisters start healing and you can move your legs again, all you remember are the good moments. You not only finished one damn hard trek overcoming your physical limitations, but you got to see one of the most beautiful sites in South America, and I dare to say, in the world.
In conclusion, if you do go for the trek, take some rest days after. One, two, ten :), as many as you need, but take them. And yes, I recommend Tayrona Park or the surroundings. You can thank me later :).
Photography by Bertrand Delvaux.
Tips and tricks
How to get there: We took a taxi from Santa Marta, this being one of the only times we choose a taxi instead of a bus. We were too tired and not eager to walk to the bus station with our backpacks. I can’t remember exactly how much we paid, but you can always negotiate the price. There’s more info about prices on the Tayrona Tented Lodge website and you can always email them before to ask what the correct price would be for the taxi journey. If you book your accommodation there, that is :).
Where to stay: We stayed at Tayrona Tented Lodge which is located just next to Tayrona Park and if the pictures do not express the awesomeness of the places, I don’t know what does :). You can book here, or if you want more info about the place, check here.
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