Heaven on the ground: Palomino – A bit of the south

We left Cabo De la Vela considering that there can be no higher place on the planet …
We bought on a pick-up at four within the morning (the one one which leaves every day) to return to Manaure and proceed our means by way of the Colombian Caribbean.


It was nonetheless evening, we bought on a couple of, and lots of, and the pickup began at full throttle. We stopped a thousand and as soon as on the best way, the solar stated good morning to us and we turned 16 folks (2 of them kids) three goats -no lie- and two cats, all crammed into the seats of the truck whereas on the roof We had three empty polystyrene freezers and three folks sleeping on prime of them. The scene was fairly explicit, after the bus from Bolivia on the best way to Uyuni this was essentially the most related expertise.

Our subsequent cease, and I do not keep in mind why, can be Palomino. We paid 18,000 pesos between the 2 of us to get to the vacation spot and we began in search of lodging with out a lot success. The very first thing you see is an extended avenue that appears to be the city, there are a few hostels in it however they’re the Lonely planet ones, we will now not even use these as a result of they’re out of our finances and in addition they principally solely have vacationers .


We went a bit deeper and started to ask in small retailers in the event that they knew of the existence of a campsite. The warmth was starting to point out and in palomino we found salvation: frozen water baggage for 200 pesos. Whereas we had been shopping for a type of baggage every to decrease the temperature, one other buyer answered our query and gave us instructions to get to a spot the place we may camp.

Palomino doesn’t have paved streets, hopefully it does have streets. The one a part of asphalt is the one which crosses the street to the remainder of the Caribbean cities, however the city is scattered and stuffed with small homes and empty pastures. We arrived on the supposed campsite, a home with an enormous backyard, a bunch of boys greeted us, a type of commune. As we understood the land was deserted they usually had been in a position to occupy it with the proprietor’s permission so as to repair it and preserve it underneath management. The factor was fairly primary however we determined to remain, we might keep a few nights and assist a bit by gathering leaves, it will be 5,000 pesos per particular person per evening which we thought was greater than cheap, additionally they seemed lovable. They turned out to be nice.

They labored with some indigenous communities within the mountains, they usually offered the backpacks or typically they’d go down and be with them within the city. In Palomino, hopefully, you may see them with their white clothes and lengthy hair carrying their belongings on the best way again to the mountain, the primary time we noticed the indigenous folks of the Sierra de Santa Marta was at our “tenting” there They had been weaving and singing by the fireplace, they seemed like little angels, shy and really busy.

Palomino has one other peculiarity, the seaside just isn’t – but! – constructed, sure, that is proper, it’s a completely virgin seaside in a fully pristine state. There’s a path that goes all the way down to the seaside, and to counteract it, it is filled with “accommodations” with a better buying energy. They don’t seem to be giant buildings however they’re “fenced” with their personal swimming pools. Truthfully, there may be nothing that appears extra absurd to me than a swimming pool with one of the best seaside that I’ve ever stepped on in my life a couple of steps away, I’ll by no means perceive these little vacationers.

Oh, the seaside, Palomino’s seaside left us in love, Palomino left us in love, and Jesper nonetheless along with his 40 bites on his again – sure, we depend them – I take pleasure in as a toddler. When you stroll alongside the shore you may attain an much more idyllic place, the river that flows into the ocean, the ocean that touches the sand, a household taking part in in that combination of recent and salt water, a barbecue with sweaty potatoes, a small shadow the place to chill off and a nap …

Palomino is heaven on the bottom, I’ve little question.

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