Playa Almejal and a Peek at the Pacific Coast

PLAYA ALMEJAL, Chocó — The waves whisper as they wash up ashore, their way of calling you to the ocean, to swim, to surf, to sit under the sun. Our front yard was the waters of Playa Alemejal, without much else around, other than our hostel and a few small hotels nearby, none of them popular […]

Punta Gallinas: Exploring the Outskirts of Colombia’s Caribbean Coast

Writer’s note: This is Part 2 of a two-part story. To read Part 1, click here. PUNTA GALLINAS, La Guajira — They share a coastline and the Caribbean currents, a desert and a rainforest so pure and serene, our dreams cannot comprehend it. Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona is a popular stop for tourists, a lush […]

Tayrona National Park

El Parque Natural Nacional de Tayrona on the Caribbean coast is one of the main attractions on the Colombian backpacker trail, and with good reason. Located about 30 minutes outside of Santa Marta, one of the main towns on the coast, it provides a rare opportunity to get away from it all and escape to […]