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Guest Post: Soqui's Visit to Parque Tayrona - June 2013 - Part Two

About an hour and 20 minutes later, we arrived at Arrecifes, one of the more popular camping grounds in the park.

Aside from camping here, you can also rent hammocks, which are conveniently covered with mosquito nets, and there is a cute restaurant to eat at.

In my opinion, the beach is a little eerie.

You can’t swim here because the currents are very dangerous and over a 100 people have drowned in this very spot.

From Arrecifes, we headed down the beach towards El Cabo San Juan.

It takes about another 20-30 minutes to walk to El Cabo from Arrecifes. Between the two camping sites, there are a few swimmable beaches and another camping site along with a few places to eat and some structures that appeared to be cabins.

One of the prettier beaches was called La Piscina and is easy to reach from either Arrecifes or Cabo.

Even though you travel along the beach for most of the time, your surroundings continue to change.

Each beach is unique and the type of vegetation varies greatly throughout this part of the journey.

 

When we finally made it to Cabo, we immediately went to the beach to enjoy the view.

Of all the beaches along the way, this was one of my favorites.

It consists of a small bay with huge rocks on either end and is easily recognizable by a small cabin on top of the rocks with hammocks and cabins inside.

Behind the beach are the camping grounds, the restaurant, the bathrooms and showers. Cabo seems to have more of a party atmosphere than the other campsites.


There’s music and people stay in the restaurant playing cards, drinking wine and talking well past midnight.

We decided to get the scoop from some other tourists relaxing on the beach.

They informed us that the camp was very safe, stealing wasn’t really an issue and the mosquitos weren’t too bad.

They also told us that most people opted to stay on the hammocks on the camping grounds since it got chilly at night.

We decided to pay 20,000 pesos, $10, for the lower hammocks for the first night.

The hammocks seemed a little dirty but they weren’t horrible and it is probably the cheapest accommodation you will find besides sleeping on the beach.

After spending some time on the beach, we watched an amazing sunset. Both evenings we stayed at Cabo, the sunsets were spectacular.

From red to orange to pink, the sky looked like it was on fire. After eating some of the canned food we had brought along (it’s perfectly normal to bring your own food) and finishing a bottle of wine that cost $20 at the convenience store, we decided to hit the hammock.

It was a little warm at night but not unbearable.

Please visit our blog tomorrow for the final part of Soqui's trip.

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