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12.06.2016

Taganga, a cute fishermen village in Colombia

Taganga, a cute fishermen village in Colombia

Taganga is a cute, little fishermen village on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. It's the first beach outside Tayrona National Park & it's only 15 minutes away from the city of Santa Marta.

When I heard there's a daily boat connecting Taganga & Tayrona (the boat leaves from Taganga at 11am & from Tayrona at 4pm), I thought that was a better option than walking or horse-riding for more than one hour in the heat til the entrance of the park & then taking a bus to Santa Marta.
I imagined an enjoyable boat ride along the coast, that would have allowed us to have a look at the beaches where one can't go by foot.

Plus, I thought it would be nicer to spend the evening on a little village by the sea than in a big city.

That was true, I wasn't excepting nothing special about Taganga, but it actually was a very nice place &, if I knew that before, I would have spent a whole day there.

Taganga, a cute fishermen village in Colombia

As for the boat ride, DON'T take the boat connecting Tayrona & Taganga. Just don't.

The boat had 20 seats, when I saw we were almost the double, I thought a 2nd boat would have arrived. Instead, they made all of us go in the same boat, almost 40 people on a 20 people boat.

People were sitting on the floor of the boat, which was all cracked. A particularly big crack became bigger & bigger at every wave we hit. We were all staring at it.

I already mentioned that the sea near Tayrona is rough. But going offshore, it was rougher! Big waves were continuously hitting the small boat making us jump. The boat was clearly not built to resist this kind of waves.

At a particular big wave, I was so scared that I accidentally grabbed the leg of the girl sitting next me...

I put me feet under the people sitting on the floor of the boat so that they would have someway kept me, if I was jumping too much.

I told you before that in Colombia they didn't seem too careful about safety. This boat ride was just a nightmare.

I do love going on fast boats & jumping on the waves, I do like go on a banana boat or similar... But in Colombia nothing was under control. It wasn't done on purpose as a fun activity... Just imagine, you're on a small boat on a rough, full of underwater currents sea, faraway from the beach, all your luggage, passport, money, camera... being on the boat too... I mean, if something went wrong, we could have died.

Anyway, after a horrible hour or so, we finally made it to Taganga.

Boat from Tayrona to Taganga

Just for the record, here's the boat who took us there ^ 

Taganga is a colorful village, well known for having graffiti everywhere, as we could see as soon as we put our feet on the ground.

Graffiti in Taganga, Colombia

The bay is beautiful and the sea is very calm.

A travel guide to Taganga, Colombia

Along the beach there's a enjoyable walk full of shops & street stands.

Shops on the waterfront walk in Taganga, Colombia

Taganga waterfront walk, Colombia

On the other hand, Taganga is unsafe at night. It's actually the only place in Colombia where the hotel staff told us not to walk at night. Except for the seafront walk that is well lit & full of people even at night.

That's the reason why I booked the only hotel that is located on the seafront walk, the Taganga Beach Hotel.

Taganga Beach Hotel, a good hotel on the beach in Taganga, Colombia

The rooms are not particularly pretty, but the location is the best you can have. Plus, once you arrive, you're welcomed with a delicious cocktail - we had an amazing pina colada - that you can enjoy in the bar on the beach; breakfast is super yummy; down the hotel on the beach there's a restaurant, Taco Bar, serving good food - especially the fish tacos - with good music & a nice atmosphere; & last but not least the hotel staff is super nice!

There are other hotels on the beach, but a bit isolated at the end of the beach, so I wouldn't recommend going there.

Otherwise, I had a very good echo from a friend of La Casa de Felipe. The main reason we didn't go there is that it's a bit faraway from the beach so if you wanna go out at night you have to take a taxi & the hotel restaurant, which is apparently delicious, was closed when we were there. 

For the same reason, we didn't go in one of those cute cabins overlooking the bay, whose pictures stole my heart ;)

Anyway, once we finally stepped out of the infamous boat, we had a walk along the bay to reach our hotel.

Taganga, a cute fishermen village in Colombia

Street art in Taganga, Colombia

Wandering the streets of Taganga, Colombia

Taganga, a cute fishermen village in Colombia

We settled on the beach bar to enjoy our pina colada while watching the sunset.

Taco Beach Bar in Taganga, Colombia

Pina coloada at sunset at Taco Beach Bar in Taganga, Colombia

A bit tipsy - they really make big, strong cocktails in South America 😜  we went back on the seafront walk to have a better look at the shops &  jewelry stands...

Sunset walk in Taganga, Colombia

Sunset walk in Taganga, Colombia

 ...& maybe find an appetizer at one of the food stands... Like arepas (traditional corn cakes)!

Arepas food stall in Taganga, Colombia

Eating arepa in Taganga, Colombia

The arepas having made us even more hungry, we went back to the hotel, for some more cocktails & some tacos, at Taco Beach Bar.

Cocktails at Taco Beach Bar in Taganga, Colombia

Fish tacos at Taco Beach Bar in Taganga, Colombia

Happy & tired, we retired for the night... at 8.15pm! Ahah! I thought it was like 10 o'clock when I went to bed & instead it was 8! A new record! Truth is that when we travel, we wake up very early & do so many things during the day, that at night we're exhausted. Plus, in Colombia it's dark at like 6pm. But I really like this rhythm of life, if I could do the same in Paris I would, except that if I wake-up before 8am in Paris it's still night & at 6pm I'm still at work... ;)

Anyway, we woke up - early ;) - to this beautiful view

The beach in Taganga, Colombia

Started the day with guanabana juice - my favorite!!! 

Guanabana fresh juice at Taganga Beach Bar in Taganga, Colombia

& breakfast on the beach...

Breakfast at Taganga Beach Hotel in Taganga, Colombia

...had a last walk along the bay...

The bay in Taganga, Colombia

Morning walk on the beach in Taganga, Colombia

Fishermen boats in Taganga, Colombia

Morning walk on the beach in Taganga, Colombia

...before continuing our adventure direction Minca, a little village in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains.

Very kindly, the hotel owner was going to Santa Marta, so she gave us a ride & help us to find the bus to Minca, which actually wasn't a bus but a 4x4.

There are 4x4 cars connecting Santa Marta & Minca all day long. The car leaves when it's full.

As for all the other destinations, buses depart from the central market in Santa Marta.

But I'll leave our adventures in Minca for the next post, for now let's just jump in the car to go there!

How to go to Minca from Santa Marta

12.02.2016

Tayrona National Park - Day 2

Sunrise in Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Being able to watch the sun rise above the ocean from the coziness of your own bed it's not a bad way to start the day ;) 
& that's exactly how our 2nd day in Tayrona begun.

Sunrise in Tayrona National Park, Colombia

We just had to unzip our tent, to have this magical view in front of us :)

Sunrise at Cabo San Juan, Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Sunrise at El Cabo San Juan, Tayrona National Park, Colombia

We woke up so early (on the other side, in Tayrona there's no much to do at night, so we went to bed so early, too) that the restaurant wasn't even open yet for breakfast. 

Sunrise in Tayrona National Park, Colombia

While waiting, we had a walk on the beach, that is actually the way each day should begin, in my ideal world.

Cabo San Juan at sunrise, Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Cabo San Juan at sunrise, Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Cabo San Juan at sunrise, Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Cabo San Juan at sunrise, Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Cabo San Juan at sunrise, Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Cabo San Juan at sunrise, Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Cabo San Juan at sunrise, Tayrona National Park, Colombia

We enjoyed a good breakfast as we needed lot of energy for the day: we planned to hike to Pueblito, an ancient indian village, known to be a small version of la ciudad perdida (the lost city) which is an ancient indian village lost in the middle jungle, to reach which you need a several days trek.

Breakfast at Cabo San Juan, Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Now, we did difficult treks, probably most difficult than the one to Pueblito, but the heat & above all the humidity made this hike so very difficult!!

Honestly, I don't know if I ever sweat that much!! 

There are information on your way up, for you to be prepared, the worst part is between 60% & 80% of the path.

Hiking to Pueblito, Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Also, we generally find that informations regarding hiking time & difficulty are often overestimated, usually when we read that a hike takes 3 hours, we usually do it in 2,5 for instance.

Well, Colombia is the only place where this is the opposite: if they say a trek takes around 2 hours & it's easy, consider it's 3 hours long & quite difficult!

Hiking to Pueblito, Tayrona National Park, Colombia

The hike to Pueblito for instance is quite demanding, you're constantly obliged to walk on shaky stones & at times there's a rope to help you going up otherwise it's too slippery or steep. They say it's a family hike, I wouldn't recommend bring children there! 

Trek to Pueblito, Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Don't get me wrong, Tayrona is a beautiful place & I'm not complaining, but I would have liked to know all that before going, that's why I'm saying.

We generally found in Colombia they're not really careful about safety...

Hiking to Pueblito, Tayrona National Park, Colombia

The hike was nice, but all in all, I wouldn't do it again. Heat & humidity make it really difficult, honestly I wanted to turn back half way, but hubby wanted to finish the hike so... Plus, I spent most of the time looking at where I put my feet for not falling down instead of enjoying the view...

Blue butterfly, Tayrona National Park, Colombia
Blue butterfly
Trek to Pueblito, Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Giant ants in Tayrona National Park, Colombia
The tireless giant ants of Tayrona at work ;) 
& when we finally made it to Pueblito... well the ruins are quite small & not really impressive...

Pueblito, Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Pueblito, Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Anyway it was good exercise! ;)

Time to go to the beach!

La Piscina beach in Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Next to El Cabo (again, they say it's a 10 minutes walk to go there, but it's more the double!) there's a beach called La Piscina (the swimming pool) known to be a perfect place for snorkeling as the beach is protected by coral reefs that create a sort of lagoon with calm water.

La Piscina beach in Tayrona National Park, Colombia

La Piscina beach in Tayrona National Park, Colombia

The beach is beautiful, fringed by palm trees & almost desert.

La Piscina beach in Tayrona National Park, Colombia

La Piscina beach in Tayrona National Park, Colombia

But snorkeling was disappointing: the sea was quite rough so we couldn't see much underwater, but worst - despite the fact that everyone in the park will tell you la Piscina is a safe place to swim - there were very strong currents. We entered the water without palms - as the stand renting snorkeling gear was empty - we didn't go that far & we're pretty good swimmers (actually, I'm a former Italian champion of finswimming), but at a certain point, we were unable to swim back to the beach. We started to panic, before realizing that the current was taking us on some stones from which we could go back on the beach.

Snorkeling at La Piscina in Tayrona National Park, Colombia

La Piscina beach in Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Still it was stupid to go in the water without palm & I really advice you to be very careful if you're traveling in Colombia. Not only in Tayrona, but everywhere, we really felt that safety it's not really a priority.

La Piscina beach in Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Over the beach, there's some cabins, we went there to see if we could have lunch & enjoyed a delicious fish in front of the ocean! :)
(I really recommend this place for a meal!!)

Lunch at La Piscina, Tayrona National Park, Colombia

La Piscina beach in Tayrona National Park, Colombia

We went back to El Cabo, happily meeting some monkeys along the way 🙊 🙉

Monkeys in Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Monkeys in Tayrona National Park, Colombia

where we spent the rest of the afternoon, soaking up the sun & playing in the water (in my experience, El Cabo is safer for swimming than La Piscina & there were more fishes to see there) before taking the boat to Taganga, a small fishing village just outside the park. But that's tomorrow's story 😉

Cabo San Juan in Tayrona National Park, Colombia

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