I took the bus from Cartagena to Santa Marta, planning to use it as a base to discover what the North East corner of Colombia had in store.
The town of Santa Marta itself is tiny, with a few hostels and restaurants catering to passing tourists. Hot & sunbaked, I wandered around with my camera, capturing a few sleepy moments of the golden hour.
From Santa Marta, there are a number of interesting places on the backpacking trail including: Tayrona National Park, Minka, Palomino, Ciudad Perdita, and Aracataca (only of interest to me as this is where Gabriel Garcia Marquez was born). I was intending to do the Ciudad de Perdida 4 day jungle trek and even bought a cheap pair of hiking shoes from the Calzado Bucaramanga shoe store on the main shopping strip. However, a family emergency meant I had to return home early. One day, I’ll be back to do this trek, visit Aracataca, and finish exploring the rest of Colombia.