Waking up pretty early (as the second the sun rises the tent reaches about 50 degrees) we sat down to our first breakfast at Due Amici, which was small but tasty. I had the ‘healthier’ option of granola and fruit with an unhealthy amount of coffee’s whereas, Leo has eggs and bread.
So, I should mention that in Palomino there is not much to do. It is a brilliant gateway to the Tayrona National park, which is on our list but apart from that it’s next best activity is tubing down the river. It hasn’t rained here in ages, so tubing was out the question. Its expensive, takes up to 4 hours and we used to do it for free in Taupo so we will give it a miss.
However, this is the perfect place to unwind, get our daily steps in, soak up the vitamin ‘sea’ and D and just relax. I have mentioned it before but constantly moving around is bloody exhausting, so we are highly grateful for any down time. BUT, I have high functioning anxiety so after breakfast I really wanted to go for a big walk along the beach and explore the area, of course Leo came with me with the promise of more chill than walk and a great lunch at the end.
The beach is beautiful, apart from not being able to swim much/any, the further from the town you walk, the prettier it gets. We found a great spot to throw down a blanket about 4km from the town on the right hand side. I even manged to get a small HIIT work out in on the beach which I do not recommend as about 10 minutes in I was gasping for air and felt like death. It’s super tricky working out in hot countries. However, on the way back to town I found the perfect photo op, which I love... (scroll below) - maybe the heat got to me? HAHA.
For lunch we stopped in at Coco Pina and had a smoothie bowl which came with a coffee for $5NZD and a sandwich to share ($9NZD) – IT WAS DELICIOUS. The best smoothie bowl we have had in South America yet, and for that price we will definitely return.
In the afternoon here, it’s the perfect time to come home, hop in the cold jacuzzi and have a little nap as it just becomes unbearably hot to do anything in the midday sun. For sunset, we walked along the beach to an awesome beachy, hippy vibe bar ‘Zoe’ which has a cracking DJ and great $2NZD beers. It is the perfect place to watch the sun go down and relax while enjoying some great tunes!
Dinner…which was my choice tonight was at Happycleta… the reviews are brilliant but we have to disagree. The food was nice but took AGES to come out, the servers were so uninterested, they just wanted to sit and chat and smoke so when our food eventually arrived I was so pissed off that I couldn’t enjoy it – typical right? So yeah, good food if you are happy to wait at least 45 minutes for a Ceviche– which is usually served COLD but here it was served hot. So weird!
Overall, awesome day, hopefully the tent won’t be too hot tonight as it’s still up in the 30’s here and the fan in our room is shit box.
Hey! I'm Ally. I left the UK in 2011 to move overseas and ended up in New Zealand - my new home. This year we are taking a gap year to loop the world stopping in some AMAZING destinations - and I'm passionate about sharing these adventures with you!