Getting to the picturesque beach at Cabo San Juan required some efforts. We woke up at 7:30am, walked to the city center, took a bus to the entrance of the Tayrona park (1 hour), and hiking in the forest for 2.5hrs.

It seems that we took a rougher hiking course than what people usually take – it ended up taking almost 4 hours which involved half-crawling below big rocks and frequent jumping from one rock to another.

The beach area was very beautiful. Usually any beach is enjoyable enough for me, but I could tell that this place was special. The mountain and the rocky island were surrounding the beach, adding a sense of height to an otherwise flat area. Clean bathrooms and the only but not-too-pricey restaurant were convenient additions.

Understandably, due to the popularity, every accommodation option was sold out 2 meters before me in the line. We motivated our already exhausted bodies to walk for another 40 minutes to the next beach town, Arrecife.

An hour before sunset, I could rent a small and not too clean tent in the forest. There is no electricity or cell signal. There are buckets of water for you to take a shower behind a curtain. I’m in my tent while enjoying the art of doing nothing in the darkness. It’s 7pm.

@parque nacional Tayrona, march 3, 2018