Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta – Part 2

Posted on Posted in Colombia 2011

In the morning everyone got up and lounged around. Mostly talking, about what, I couldn’t tell. We planned to go up to the top of the mountain, but took a while to get everyone loaded into the vehicles and on the trail. The trail was fairly easy with a few cross axle spots needing a bit a maneuvering. At the top there was a radio tower and off to the other side was an overlook. Unfortunately the cloud covered the highest peak of the Sierra Nevada. There was still a great view. We headed back to the cabins. A few of us went for a hike through the jungle to a water fall. We messed around climbing all over then headed back out. More talking. Then we packed up and hit the trail back down. Not before a few discussions popped up. Down past Minka we pulled of the road and had an “off road bbq” of the leftovers. Finishing up we headed back to Barranquilla.

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At the top we were greeted with an amazing view. Clouds covered the summit, which was thought to still have snow on top.

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We hiked up to a water fall near the cabin. It was a cool spot and the water was freezing. That didn’t stop a few from sticking their heads under the water.

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More adventure climbing a steep incline.

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The trip up the mountain ended my visit to Colombia. I wanted to stay longer, though I had a 24 Hour Mountain Bike Race I agree to be a part of. Had it not been for my previous agreement, I would of just stayed and backpacked around Colombia. The people are extremely friendly, welcoming and a far distant cry of the imagery people from the USA imagine. The food is equally as good. Every meal I had in country was good if not excellent. Colombia, I will return some day.