Enjoying the best of Colombia
07.12.2011 - 10.12.2011 31 °C
We are making slow progress towards Tayrona National Park, which has within it some of the most beautiful beaches of Colombia.
First, we had to make a two night stop in Barranquilla to pick up a package. We were fortunate enough to be invited by our hostel owner to a local football game the next evening.
It was the quarterfinals of the Colombian league championships. This was a match in which the local team, Junior, was expected to defeat the guests, Chico.
This game had everything you would expect at a typical American sports game: a never ending supply of beer, fighter jets overhead, fights in the stands, the steady pulse of drums and horns, and thirty-five thousand throats demanding victory. The only difference: there was as much drama on the field as there was in the stands. Players were horrendously injured but miraculously, within minutes of being carried off the field by the Red Cross, back on their feet and ready to play.
At the half, the crowd began to get ugly. Junior was down 0-2, until...click here
Fortunately, the game ended in victory for Junior, 2-2. We still aren't sure how a tie was a victory but that didn't stop us from celebrating the glorious defeat of Chico!
Onwards! Through Santa Marta and to Tanganga, a small fishing village outside of Tayrona National Park.
This picturesque little town is slowly awakening to tourism as it is rapidly becoming a hot spot for diving.
Fortunately, we found several secluded coves and beaches that are only enjoyed by the local fishermen.
We are both enjoying the clear green water, the dry air, the surrounding hills dotted with cacti, and a side to Colombia's Caribbean coast that we didn't expect.