We got in a 5 hour minivan ride up to a place called Taganga. Taganga is a small fishing village on the coast which borders tayrona national park which is full of nice beaches. Taganga is becoming more of a tourist spot and is known primarily for cheap diving.
There was a lot of relaxing and partying here, but highlights were as follows¨
1. in the first week i did my open water diving course which was heaps of fun. The dive school were very friendly and professional and the diving itself was very cool. Unfortunately, Nato couldnt do the diving because of his ashma.
2. we also did the lost city trek which involved a 5 day hike to the lost city. The trek itself was deceptively hard, despite only walking for 4 or 5 hours a day. The path was thick mud, and involved a lot of river crossings, some of which were fairly hairy! We slept in hammocks which wasnt ideal. Hammocks are ok for an afternoon siesta, but not really designed to sleep the night. To make matters worse, I had a light fever the first 3 days, along with a crook stomach. It wasnt that bad, but just took away my energy.
The lost city itself was pretty cool, but not as cool as Machu Picchu. Because of a mud slide a few days beforehand which wiped out one of the camps, we were able to sleep in the lost city itself, which was a cool experience.
Overall, i dont think we would do it again, but it was good to do and the body probably loved 5 days of exercise since there hadnt been a lot of that going on recently!
Other than that, we did a fair bit of relaxing, walking to other beaches and partying. We went across to santa marta one night for their independence celebrations which was lots of fun except I got pick pocketed and lost my wallet and a bit of cash. I even saw the kid with his hand in my pocket but by the time i grabbed him, he had palmed it off to his mother who had palmed it off to someone else. By the time the cops came, it was long gone! Luckily, I had taken my excess cash and cards out my wallet, so whilst it was a niggle, it wasnt the end of the world.
After an extremely laid back 3 weeks we decided it was time to move onto San gil, which is towards Bogota and is meant to be the adventure capital of Colombia.