Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location. Today’s Spotlight Thursday is from my trip to Colombia. The highlight of the trip was the couple of days spent hiking in Tayrona National Natural Park. Tayrona National Natural Park is a highlight on any trip to the Caribbean coast of Colombia. The park is a short 30 min and 21 miles from the city of Santa Marta. The park is a biologically diverse park. It ranges from the mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta to the arid region by the sea.
I leave my hostel, Casa de Nelly, and walk a half-mile up a winding dirt road to towards San Agustin Parque Arqueologico. I had stopped several times to ask a local for directions. Most it was “Parque Arqueologico?” and they point further down the road. San Agustin Parque Arqueologico is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is home to South America’s largest collection of religious monuments and megalithic sculptures. Most of the monuments were discovered buried in the ground as well as near many tombs.
I lean against a palm tree and try to even out my breathing. This mountain hike is a little more difficult than I planned. Not sure why. I knew hiking to visit with the Indigenous of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta National Park wasn’t going to be easy. Beyond the small fence, a three young children play with each other. Two women supervise in the shade of their hut. I bring up my camera and take a few pictures from where I stand. I haven’t been granted permission to enter their homestead. My guide, Carlos, is talking to an older Mamo, leader. He has stopped into chat and see if there is any news from the nearby village.
Happy Earth Day! Earth day was founded 45 years ago to celebrate the Earth. The giant blue sphere that is our home. In the excitement of celebrating, don’t forget to drink a toast John Muir. Yesterday, John Muir celebrated his 177th birthday. Happy Birthday, John! I know I am a day late, but its the though that counts.
The feeder is currently empty, but I know with a little patience, I am sure I will be rewarded. I quietly unpack my camera gear and set up my tripod. Out of the corner of my eye, I see a blue streak fly by. Gotta! There goes the reason I hike the Valley of Cocora and the Acaime Natural Reserve.