PALOMINO: WHERE THE TIME STOPS HIS FLOW

The first imagine I remember of Palomino is the picture below:

My first thought: yes it is! The paint was on a wall, close to the point where the bus stop. It is not a real bus stop, there is an old bus station, and you leave the bus there when you heard: “Palomino!”

When you watch around you at the beginning, you see only a long road that divides the small village in two parts. From there, you cannot immediately understand the soul of the place.
I have to say that I stopped in Palomino just because some days before in the “Ciudad perdida” trekking I met a Colombian guy, really beautiful and gentle, a guide for the 5 days trekking.
During the long walk in the middle of the Sierra Nevada, we had a lot of time to know each other deeper and deeper. One of the long talks we had was on the places I did not have to loose on my journey discovering Colombia.
So, He told me to go to Cabo de la Vela and before that He suggested to stop some days in his “finca” outside Palomino, just chilling under the pilework He built, drinking rum, sleeping on the hammocks, enjoy the view and going to the beach passing through the cocoa palm forest He had to take care of.

Before going ahead, I would like to introduce the Sierra Nevada, called the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. It is the birthplace of the Tayrona, an indigenous civilization of the north Colombia. The descendants of the Tayrona still live there. Currently there are almost 70,000 indigenous people, belonging to the Kogui, Arhuaco, Kankuamo and Wiwa ethnicities. This mountain formation contains an area of particular beauty and mystery with a great cultural heritage. The area is a sacred sight for the four indigenous groups that inhabit the Sierra and it is called Teyuna Archeological Park also known as the “Ciudad Perdida”. This Park start from the mountains and slide down till the Caribbean see where you find Palomino.

Coming back to my story, I decided to meet this guy, because He seems a really great person and as Italian I couldn’t say no. In Italy when somebody invite you to his home, it is good habit to go and pass time there cooking for  an Italian dishes to thank for the invitation. I did it of course!

So stopped in Palomino. I searched a moto taxi asking to bring me to my friend and the drivers knew him and the place where he lived. He was not born in this area, so all the locals called him the foreigner.

After 10 minutes, we arrived and I was surprised! Such a beautiful and peaceful place… To let you understand the best thing I can do, is show you pictures, as my words can tell you what my eyes saw but better let you dream on my pictures, hoping you will enjoy them!

As you can see, I felt myself totally free and full of happiness. I was there and the time stopped for two days let me the time to steal the energy and the good vibrations of this place.

We spent the day drinking coffee, Colombian one. Locals love to pass all the day with a cup of good coffee in their hands smelling his flavor and enjoy a talk with a friend in front of it.
However, when the sun was going down we moved to cross the cocoa palm forecast and we went to watch the sunset from the beach.

Another surprise. We were at the end of the land where the river became part of the sea. You can take a bath in the fresh water or decided for the salt water.
We were almost alone because from Palomino village, it is a walk long 5 Km and not all the people love to walk so long.

After 2 hours, we decided to go back to my new temporary home because we were hungry. My friend asked what we would like to eat and I said fish! We called an angler of Palomino that arrived with this big fish ( many beers and a bottle of rum):

I had the honor to cook it! Wonderful! However, I can say that one of the amazing things of Palomino is the fresh fish you can find.

The second day I was with another guy, hosted by my friend to buy fish and after half an hour of searching and asking to local people we found some good, rural fish shops! Yes in Palomino you need to talk with locals to find the best food and activities to do.

We spent a good night there forgot by everyone, talking and drinking all together. Anyway, you can pass the night in the village, that did not have a crazy nightlife, but there were plenty of bars where friendly travelers chat, enjoying tropical cocktails and cheap beers.

The day after I decided to go for a rafting, a typical activity to do in Palomino as there are many rivers and one of that is perfect for an easy rafting. You rent inner tubes, ride with them on the back of a moto taxi up into the jungle, hike a bit further, and then float back down to the beach on a river. Everywhere you go in town there are booths offering to rent tubes. You pay around 5 Euro.

In conclusion, I can say Palomino was unexpectedly a nice place to pass 2 days and after restart with my journey!

CABO DE LA VELA, A JUMP IN THE UNKNOWN DESERT OF COLOMBIA!

Colombia, one of the best Country I was in my life. Cabo de la Vela a dream, a place where relax is not an option, is a must. I’m trying to remember exactly the feeling and the sensation I had in that place because it was a unique moment in my 2017 summer…..

This photo was taken in Cabo de La Vela during the first morning I was there in August 2017. The place is so beautiful and peaceful, perfect to relax yourself!!

Cabo de la Vela is definitely one of the most beautiful and less popular destinations in the country. Yes, because Cabo de la Vela is something indefinite and fairy tale that makes you completely lose the conception of time and space and the desire to return to reality. It is a nowhere place, desert in the extreme north Colombia.

Cabo de la Vela is a mirage that comes unexpectedly. I remained positively surprised in front of such a prodigy of nature. The colors, blue and yellow of the sand are the dominant colors that reveal their indisputable complementary in the three natural elements that you feel alive in this peninsula: air, water and earth. A mystical place, where the connection with nature is so strong to regenerate any of your cells, animal or vegetable that here you will meet.

 

Cabo de la vela is populated by a tribe of fishermen, the wayuu who live in this land forgotten by many. They are lands never occupied by foreign peoples because of the very harsh climate, the average temperatures are 35-Celsius degrees. These spaces belong to an unknown dimension, one of those places where time takes a breath and slows down its rhythm.

One road where the village comes to life around the bamboo huts where the locals live. Electronic devices are used only for communications between locals that organize the jeeps and accommodations to meet the few requests of the people who come here. Furthermore, the electricity arrives to this place only few hours after 5 o clock in the afternoon and you are seduced by all those things that are typical of the western world.

The hours run very slow marked by the sweetness of the sun that marks the time. The inebriation of the breeze that raises from the see to the sand is always with you in your hair. After the sun goes down, you will leave that world and sleep until the next morning.

But let me tell you my trip!

You arrive there after a long road. I left Palomino with a friend in the morning, where I stayed in a “finca” of a new friend met during the trekking to the “Ciudad Perdida”. If you want to know, more about this exiting experience read my article on it! (Link to be added)

After the bus that was almost 8 Euro for going from Palomino to Rioacha, we had a lunch in the small city and we went to change money in an mall. Remember to change money because from Rioacha in the entire Guajira peninsula, you cannot withdraw money.

Many people normally prefer to take an organized travel to visit Cabo, Punta Gallinas and say: “Yes, I was in the northeast point of South America!” The price is around 120 Euro for 2 and half day.

I decided to go on my own as I love freedom and if I love a place, I can stay more…..

So after the break we took another bus (for 5 Euro) to the “4 vias”, a crossroad where you find drivers that will bring you with an off road vehicle finally to Cabo de La vela.

    

For my friend and me, it was such an adventure because to say the truth…. I did not take a bus but a Jeep with other Colombian people that normally transport goods… Good experience to tell….

Anyway we waited there for 2 hours, because the driver were waiting for somebody else, make more money and convince more people to take the tour they organize.

 We paid 20 Euro for the transportation. The road is like a movie, there is only sand around you and the rails walk at your right side as they are telling you where to go. Sometimes during this, hour and half you see some local people chilling under a curtain that try to sell water bottles or juices. Unfortunately, as there are always 35 degrees all the liquids are not cold!

One tip: Before going there buy the natural water, you think you will need there. You can buy some water in the small shops but it cost a lot!

We arrived to Cabo de la Vela during the sunset and we had to search a place for sleeping. No problem, in Cabo the locals have huts and hammocks everywhere. Therefore, it is not difficult to find a place to stay. What you have to decide is how much you want to pay, what you want to do! Yes, they normally sell the beds and the mini tour you can do in the area.

After bargaining for one hour, I found what I desired… A place in front of the beach where to sleep first for one night (we remained 2 nights finally) and the tours for the day after plus Punta Gallinas for 2 days (Accommodation and food included with the transportation around the peninsula). All this for 60 Euro.

Among the place to visit there is the “Pilar de Azúcar”, which according to the tradition wayuu would be the sacred place where the souls of the dead people take refuge to rest and take care of the village and secure their dreams of peace and tranquility.

amazing view from the pick closed to Cabo de La vela village

amazing view from the pick closed to Cabo de La vela village

amazing view from the pick closed to Cabo de La vela village

To recap the total price:  for transportation from Palomino plus 2 nights in Cabo de la vela and one in Punta Gallinas, the tours to visit the areas and the transportation to go back to Rioacha was: 90 Euro but with 1 day and half more than the organized travel.

Instagram

 

Short Personal Presentation

Hi,

I'm a traveller, a backpacker traveller. I love discover new places and take pitcures!
The blog name take ispiration from the mixure of 2 words: trot, that means to walk or go somewhere, especially fairly quickly and travel, my passion.

I started to write a blog to share my experience and trips. This is the best way to remember all the good moments I enjoyed around the world knowing people that became friends and with whom I spent part of my travels going around place after place....

This is the first blog, and as I love also cooking, there is a page dedicated to the recipes I learnt in the places I lived.

Ambra