In this journey that seems imposible to end, i found myself in Colombia. A land of mysteries, great food, beautiful women, with a magic of its own, and of course, one of the most paradise like places i ever known, its called, «Parque Nacional Tyrona».
Started this trip in Bogotá, where i stayed 5 days in a friends apartment. It is a nice city, big and noisy as any capital you would go to. It has a lot of green all around, and the people are lively. It reminded me some places of my own city, Santiago, but its different though. The weather changes a lot, in one day you can have rain, wind and sun. Its inhabitants, «bogotanians», say it is a cold weather, but when you are used to colder places such as Chile, it just feels like spring.
In the first place i didn’t have a plan to follow (no big surprise coming from me), so i just improvised through it. After thinking what would i do after being in Bogotá, i decided to go to the Tyrona Park, at the north of the country. So i just bought the ticket, and next morning i was flying to my new destiny.
The plane arrived and when i got down, i could feel the warm and humid weather of tropic. I was way too overdressed for that place. Picked up a taxi and told the driver, «hey look my plan is to know Santa Marta (the city where you have to go to, in order to get to the park), and then go to the park». He replied: «why don’t you go direct to the park?, i mean, don’t loose time in here, just go there, is cheaper and nicer.», «oh well i said, why not, but lets just go to the drugstore first». Bought there some water, sun screen and repellent. And then we just went straight to the park.
Arrived at the main entrance, had lunch in a local restaurant at the side of the road and then just went into it. They made me watch a 15 minutes video of the park, very boring, and then gave a speech of the things you must not do, like wander around the jungle at night, or out of the trails. Swimming in dangerous areas, make fire, etc, etc.
Started to walk with my camping bag, it wasn’t heavy, but the heat and humidity, made it a little harder. A car stopped and hitchhiked me, towards the real entrance for the trails. i was feeling very excited, because everything was new to me, i could recognize a nice smell of plants and herbs, very sweet, mixing with the sea air. Everything was like those adventures that you don’t want them to finish.
Walked around 2 hours through the jungle, could watch some monkeys playing around over the trees and lots of lizards all over. Finally got to my destiny, named, «Cabo de San Juán». There i stayed 5 nights sleeping in a hammock and chilling at the beach, did a trekking to an indian town in the middle of the jungle and other beaches and the most important thing, was that i could get to know new friends.
This was my first vacations i would take since started with my bussiness as a Personal Trainer, lot of thing happened to me since then, some up and downs regarding my last relationship, and lots of work. So this time off, with myself, was way too great, many people asked me why i would travel alone, why not a girlfriend or a friend. But i just kept answering, «i want time with myself, in a foreign place, where i can really enjoy things in a clearer way».
And this was a perfect place for that. When i got there, i could notice, there were lots of travellers, from different parts of the world, specially europeans. Not as many «colombians» one could expect. Every day would arrive 2 or 3 boats full of people that would stay just for the day. So paradise was invaded with people. Before dawn, they would leave, and just stay a few. Those were the peacefull times.
One thing that had my relax taken away, was the long waits for everything, breakfast, beers, lunch, juice, bathroom, showers. You must do lines for everything, and after the third day, you start feeling a little tired of that. I mean, if you are looking to relax, you don’t expect to wait so much for everything. But it all depends in your inner self, so it was a good oportunity to practice tolerance and patience.
In the other hand, that is one of the most beautiful beaches i have ever known. Paradise it self made just to receive as a bliss of life. A place to heal, to relax, to be quiet. If you can find a great place to make a wish, what ever is it. Do it there, you won’t regret it. The calmness of the sea, its warmth, invites you to play, be thankfull and enjoy life as a sacred thing.
There is a big part of myself, that can be described as «introvert». But when i know people, i am very «extrovert». So most of the time, i was just in silence. But also made new friends. It was great, everyone there is just passing by, so every minute is precious to share with this humans, you get along with. So there is no big time to do «small talk», i would prefer to talk about their life’s point of view, dreams, experiences, spirituality, love. And for anyone that knows me, thats no big difference from my usual tendency, but not everyone have the same motivation, so usually i would have to adapt, and talk about nonsense. But in this oportunity, that was not the case, again, you are having a conversation in a tropical paradise with a «stranger», so why would i talk about «nonsense», that would be nonsense!
Anyway, for those precious human beings i met there, thank you. You made my trip better. Because, in the end, what really stays with you, what ever happens, is your experience of life. One could say, humans are this, or that. We don’t know if we were born from alien technology, from god or just a result of evolution. Its hard to define ourselves. What we are certan to know is that, we are here being, and for me, thats a big truth. We are at some point between the smallest particle of an atom and the bigest galaxy cluster you could find.
Thanks Tayrona, thanks Colombia, thanks life. Until the next trip.
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