Smart travelers know to get their feet dirty. This means traveling off the beaten path. The coastal areas of Santa Marta are often overshadowed by the more popular Colombian destinations of Bogota and Cartagena. Maybe it's better this way. Untouched by resorts, and even civilization, the northern Colombian coastal region of Tayrona National Park is one of Colombia's best kept secrets. Deserted, exotic and untouched, these beaches are backdropped by the jungle's of Colombia's Sierra Nevada Mountains, and buttress up against the cool breeze of the Caribbean Ocean. Paradise. I half expected to run into Robinson Crusoe while I was visiting the area.
Above is a sunrise view from the rock outcrop at El Cabo San Juan, Tayrona National Park.