Monday 13 February 2017
The last full day has arrived. We were picked up early morning and driven by 4x4 just over one hour to a small village, where we caught a boat transfer. The driving part was interesting. For about two kilometres we bounced along a deep sand track on the edge of the ocean, with the waves lapping into the ruts. I couldn't believe this was actually the way to the village!
The final destination was Isla Baru, which isn't really an island but more of a remote peninsula. Once there we spent the day on a 'private' beach at an eco resort. A nice fish lunch included, it was a great, relaxing day. The facility was rustic but nice. When the time came for the reverse trip, due to a delay with the vehicle we had to spend an extra hour or so there - life is rough. Guess I can think of worse places to be stranded. 🌴😎
On the one hand, it's hard to believe it's our last night in Colombia. On the other, we've packed so many wonderful things in that it feels like it's been a month or more. It's been a great trip in a great country. We've had a lot of great experiences and the best part was the friendly people that we met.
Colombia has proven to be everything we hoped it would be. It'll be interesting to see what the future holds. Everyone in the tourism business that we talked to remarked on how unusually busy it is this year - definitely a reflection of the fact that word is getting out that it's once again a great destination. There's still a way to go and the political front is a little shaky at times, but hopefully the road ahead will continue to improve for this beautiful country and the beautiful people who call it home.
Time now to return to the cold north, now that the snow back home has melted, with a short stopover in San Francisco. Thanks for following along; besos y abrazos to all!
School kids at the village of the boat launch:
The beach scene on Baru: