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Punta Piedra

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  • Day195

    Schaukeln im Wind

    May 20 in Colombia

    Der zweitägige Ausflug in den Tayrona-Nationalpark begann anstrengend. Bereits am Eingang war plötzlich Janis Smartphone verschwunden. Trotz Hilfe des Busfahrers, der Parkwächter und der sehr hilfsbereiten Polizei, die uns ihr Internet zur Verfügung stellte, konnte das Gerät nicht aufgespürt werden (Danke Zwei-Faktor-Authentifizierung). Nach einer kurzen Trauerminute gingen wir los in den Park.

    Ein 15'000 Hektar grosser Nationalpark mit tropischem Regenwald mit Kokospalmen direkt am Meer. Vom Eingang wandern wir etwa zwei Stunden nach Cabo San Juan: ein paradiesischer Ort, wo wir im karibischen Meer baden und in Hängematten übernachten würden. Diese lagen überdacht direkt auf einem Felsen in der Brandung und boten einen tollen 360°-Ausblick. Richtig entspannt war die Nacht zwar wegen des Winds, der hohen Feuchtigkeit und des längeren Weges zur Toilette zwar nicht (siehe Foto). Aber das Erlebnis war auf jeden Fall einmalig.

    Den Rückweg meisterten wir auf den Rücken von Pferden. Da wir beide das letzte Mal als Kind auf einem Gaul gesessen sind, waren wir entsprechend unbeholfen und wohl die langsamsten Reiter überhaupt. Rund eineinhalb Stunden und zwei wunde Hintern später kamen wir aber heil beim Eingang an.
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  • Day36

    Tayrona National Park

    March 6, 2017 in Colombia

    Hier werden unsere Erwartungen an karibische Strände endlich erfüllt. Eine zwei Tagestour mit Übernachtung in Hängematten. Sehr günstig aber extrem gewöhnungsbedürftig... kurze Nacht. Abends noch mit einem Kolumnianer und einer Dänin über die anstrengenden Wanderrouten im Park unterhalten (ca. 4 Stunden über Steine und Felsen klettern, die man teilweise nur mit Hilfe dritter erklimmen kann) Wir sind uns einig: keinen anstrengeden Rückweg für Tina und Vitali, da immer noch bedient. (siehe Matchu Picchu)
    Nächster Tag: mangels Spansich-Kenntnisse natürlich genau die am vorabend besprochene Route aus dem Park gewählt. Letztes Bild: Vitali hat die Faxen dicke vom Wandern.
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  • Day91

    Heute ging’s nach dem frühen Aufstehen, da es früh hell wurde und entsprechend die Leute früh wach waren, zum Strand San Juan.
    Auf dem Weg hierher lief der Schweiß wieder wie sonst was.
    Zum Glück konnte ich einen Teil meiner Sachen im Zeltlager lassen, die ich nachher auf dem Rückweg mitnehme.
    Nach ein paar Irrungen und Wirrungen war ich gegen 10:30 Uhr am Strand. Zunächst ließen sich ziemlich dunkle Wolken blicken, aber gegen 11:00 Uhr kam die Sonne raus, sodass ich nach dem Planschen in den Schatten umzog. Safety first! ☝
    Gegen 15 Uhr machte ich mich auf den Weg zurück. Nachdem gestern Abend viele schon gegen 20 Uhr in den Hängematten lagen und die Stimmung allgemein nicht so überschwappend war, habe ich mich gegen eine weitere Nacht im Nationalpark entschieden. Stattdessen geht es schon heute nach Palomino.
    Dort gibt’s Betten und Frühstück. Das ist besser, als eine weitere Nacht in einer Hängematte zu schlafen.😅
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  • Day167

    Tayrona National Park

    June 12, 2017 in Colombia

    Tayrona National Park was the first time I did a proper hike by myself. As I arrived to Costeño Beach with Luis and Antoine I didn't really bother to meet other people and everybody I talked to had already done it or didn't want to go. But as I didn't want to miss it I decided to go anyways. I left my big backpack at the hostel and only took my small one with clothes for the second day and snacks and water for the hike.
    I took a motorcycle taxi to the street (it's a 30 minute walk from La Brisa Tranquila back to the road and I had enough walking ahead of me) and a bus from there to the entrance of the park. From the entrance I first had to walk about 45min along a road to get to the track, which was pretty boring first. But at some point I spotted some howler monkey in a tree nearby. Even though I had seen and heard them regularly around the surfcamp in Nica I'm still impressed every time I hear this cute little monkeys make noise.
    After I had reached the real trek the hike got more interesting and fun. I had decided to go to the last of 3 campgrounds (as most backpackers do). To get here I passed a few nice beaches. But I kept going as I had heard the campground fills up quickly and if you get there early enough you might even have a chance for one of the hammocks on top of the lookout point surrounded by the ocean.
    I passed a lot of different groups along my way. Lots of backpackers but also older people traveling with guided tours. At some point a couple passed me that was running the track. I guess there are things I will never quite understand ;)
    When I got to the campground the hammocks on the lookout were all already taken. But I got one of the many hammocks under a huge roof in the middle of the campground surrounded by ready set up tents.
    I left most of my stuff in my hammock and spend the rest of the day on the beaches around the campground. The one directly in front was nice but pretty crowded. So I went back to one of the ones I had passed on my way here.
    Of course I also checked out the lookout point. It would have been nice to sleep up here but I guess you have to be a lot faster for that.
    At night I ate in the crazy overpriced restaurant at the campground - obviously they are in the position to take these prices. But at least the rice with seafood was really good!
    Sleeping in the hammocks was pretty funny as they were really close to each other and it felt like you could make the whole row of hammocks swing if you started bumping into the people next to you.
    I wanted to hike up to El Poblito the next morning. Ruins of an ancient village up in the mountains. Antoine had told me to leave early for that as it does get pretty hot during the day. I woke up the next morningmorning around 5 and people around me were already moving. Did he mean that early? I couldn't be bothered and stayed in my hammock till 6:30 and started around 7. This should be early enough, right?
    As it turned out it was as I was still the first to get up there and only started meeting other people on my way down 😅
    The hike was kind of adventurous and in between more climbing than walking. I really like these kind of tracks but being by myself it wasn't always easy. There were a few spots where it took my a while to figure out where to put my feet to climb up. One time I even pushed myself up back first by putting my feet against a wall opposite of the rock I had to climb.
    But it was nice to get up there and have the ruins all to myself (except for some indigenous people who actually live up there). I found a nice spot on a rock overlooking the village and had breakfast before climbing back down.
    On my way down I met this couple fighting in german. The girl was close to tears complaining this hike was far to advanced and dangerous for her.
    I wanted them to know I did understand every word they said and also wanted to help so I told them to keep going, as they had already managed the hardest part. At this moment it felt to me that I had just started climbing down and I definitely hadn't passed the really hard parts on my way down yet so they must have managed them already. Unfortunately it turned out going down was just so much easier. Shortly after I passed a sign telling me that I was more than half way down and I never recognized any of the hard parts on my way down. So probably I send them right into a big fight "Why did you believe some random girl telling you this hike would get any easier!!".
    Back to the campground I grabbed the rest of my stuff to walk to one of the other beaches on the way out for a swim. Once I knew it didn't matter anymore if my phone would die as I had taken enough pictures (inside the park the phone was only camera as there was no signal anyway) I started listening to music. It was the first time hiking with music and it was a fun thing. I guess I was faster like that but obviously you also miss out the sound of your surroundings like that.
    The last bit walking on the road was again not really exciting and as I realized it was actually going uphill quite a lot also a bit annoying.
    But I made it out of the park at some point and caught a bus and a motorcycle back to Costeño.
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  • Day4

    Nationalpark Tayrona

    May 15, 2016 in Colombia

    Bekannt ist dieser Park vorallem für die schönen Strände und einer Stadt, welche von unserem Hostelbetreiber als das 'Machu Picchu' Kolumbiens bezeichnet wurde. Eine 'verlorene Stadt', die nur durch eine Wanderung von mindestens vier Tagen erreicht werden kann. Da das Original in Peru aber auf unserer Liste steht, verzichteten wir auf diese Mühseligkeit hier und entschieden uns für den Strand. Um zu einem der schönsten dieser Strände (Cabo San Juan del Guia) zu gelangen, steht einem ein Fussmarsch über Stock und Stein von etwa drei Stunden (nicht wie angekündigt eineinhalb!) bevor. Die Strecke ist zwar sehr schön, aber auch sehr anstrengend, denn die Hitze und die Luftfeuchtigkeit sind hoch.
    Mit den zwei auf dem Segeltrip kennengelernten Bernerinnen Selina und Carole (die Welt ist schon klein!) hatten wir geplant, eine Nacht im Park in Hängematten zu verbringen. Was wie ein richtiges Abenteuer klang, war eher eine Enttäuschung. Anstatt der erwarteten Hängematten zwischen Palmen gespannt, fanden wir ein grosses Dach mit Hängematten in Reih und Glied aufgehängt. Das 'Wildeste' waren ganz klar die Mücken, welche sich um Insektenschutzmittel und lange Bekleidung keinen Deut scherten.
    Trotzdem war der Ausflug ein tolles und lustiges Erlebnis. Auch der Strand war sehr schön.
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  • Day34

    Vamos al Parque Tayrona

    March 4, 2017 in Colombia

    A 1 hour trip from Santa Marta brought us to the Tayrona Park. A park that shows the beauty of this country. As Peter spent many months in this park we were welcomed by the local people like a family. Fresh fish straight from the sea and cold beer were served every day. I loved hanging out with the locals, practising my spanish and get to know the culture down here even more.

  • Day39

    Parque Tayrona

    March 9, 2017 in Colombia

    We enjoyed the days by hanging out at the beach, meeting Peter's old friends, playing some football with the locals and wining at Jass (cards) against Peter ;-) At our last day they even picked us up by their horses, that got us a ride out of the park. scared the shit out of me but it was great, thanks guys. Awesome time here.
    After Tayrona my uncle and my dad had to leave again and I started travelling by myself.Read more

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