I was so impressed with the Palms yesterday that I wanted to go back again, even though my legs were begging me not to. I figured this time I would do the short hike, and take it slowly. It was nice to head to the jeeps and know what I was doing, and then to get there and know exactly where the trail was. Even though I was doing the exact same thing as yesterday, the experience was different.
I enjoyed my slow pace, and I also enjoyed the quiet, I was the only one out there. Eventually I did put my earbuds in to give me some energy as I began up hill. This time, I turned around at the viewpoint and headed down directly through the palms. This view was so much prettier and reinsured my choice to come back. I sat at the base of a palm and just relaxed for a bit until a dog came running up and startled me. A few others followed and after a quick chat with a few of them I continued my descent. I’ve learned during hiking that sometimes you have to stop and look behind you because that can often be the best view. I treated myself to an Oblea (a thin crispy waffle with caramel, sweet milk and usually cheese but I opted for no cheese). I was the only one headed back to Salento so I was able to sit in the front seat, which was so much more enjoyable. The tires remained inflated too.
The only other thing to mention is that I learned that the open space with the few trees standing was actually due to deforestation, which is sad and impacts how I view it. They didn’t have any use for the palm trees so they left them standing.
I was dropped off in town and found myself buying another piece of jewelry. I stopped for lunch as well and had a cortado and this thing that was like a flat bread pizza but way crispier and topped with tomatoes, cheese, avocado and salsa. I dropped off some laundry and then went to take short rest.
I had dinner at a place that was recommended, which turned out to be the same place that I bought my iced coffee the day before. The girl recognized me and we both commented that our day turned around after that! I had a soup, salad and quiche, which was the best food I’ve had so far! I had a beer and watched the sunset, chatted with my new roommates for a bit and then experienced some FOMO as I heard a concert going on in town, but didn’t feel like getting dressed and walking down there again, so instead I imagined what it would be like, and then put in my headphones because the music ended up going past 3am!
The next day, I was up at 6am so went up to have a coffee and read. I ended up chatting with a guy from the states and gave him my advice for the hike. After breakfast we both headed down to our rooms to discover that he was also my roommate (ahhh the one who came late and said it was too hot in the room so opened the door lol). The weird thing about the doors here is that we don’t get keys, the rooms are just always open, they must not think it’s a safety issue. That said, you can turn the lock from the outside which one of the new comers did, so I was locked IN the room this morning. Luckily, there is a big window by the door and I climbed through that to re-open the door. The rest of the morning was spent being lazy (I always feel the need to tell people this is my last day and that I haven’t been sitting around the hostel my whole time here).
I had pre-scheduled a taxi to the airport but it was 45 minutes late, I wasn’t really sweating it until we started hitting a ton of traffic. I made it to the airport with 35 minutes to go, which wasn’t really a problem because it was such a small airport. That said, I arrived to discover my flight was delayed. I took the opportunity to sit down and eat and read. After flying to Bogota and then connecting to Santa Marta I finally made it and so did my bag.
I headed to the hostel, and to be perfectly honest, I was a little surprised by the neighborhood it was dark out, but it also was a little more run down than I had expected (usually hostels go up in areas that are more touristy). Although, once getting there I realized it was sort of like Morocco where the outside is deceiving. I entered into a courtyard that even had a swimming pool and a pool on the rooftop as well. Also, I was excited to be joined by my boyfriend for the remainder of the trip. He arrived late, and I had a pretty long day of travel as well, so we just called it a night (well, after we discovered that we had to unscrew the light bulbs in order to turn the lights off).