We landed in Santa Marta and headed for our hostel, Masaya. This is an awesome hostel with 2 pools, super clean bathrooms and some super friendly staff. We had a couple of problems with not having lockers (in a room that had been broken into the night before) and a few unfriendly staff members, but for the most part it was a good place to stay. And their mojitos were unbeatable.
In Minca we visited a coffee plantation; La Vittoria, visited a waterfall with a small but fun rock jump and checked out a restaurant surrounded by loads of tiny hummingbirds.
The next day we jumped on a 2 or so hour bus from Santa Marta to Palomino. We arrived, turned towards the ocean, walked for 15 minutes or so and found The Dreamer Hostel. We checked in, dropped our belongings and dived in the pool. The hostel grounds are really nice, complete with a restaurant and bar.
The next day we hired tubes, jumped on the back of a couple of motorbikes and headed to the river with a few people from hostel. We unfortunately didn’t have our camera with us however it was awesome. Picture Jurassic Park (with less dinosaurs), a wide and very slow moving river, cervezas and some seriously strong sun. From town you pay a guy to take you to the river, walk up a path (quite steep but nothing unreasonable) jump in the river and float down for around 3 hours. Don’t get the wrong idea.. this isn’t extreme tubing, it’s much the same to being in the bath tub.. but with 10 people and more beer.. depending on what bath time is like at your house.
TAYRONA NATIONAL PARK
Next stop Cartagena!