How many hours of salsa is it humanly possible to listen to? We don't know, but the colombians are working hard on trying to figure it out!
In order to reach the caribbean coast from Villa de Leyva we had to travel on 3 different buses.
bus no.1: 1 hour of collectivo, a teeny 12 seater in which I now know you can fit 25 people and two backpacks! The hour was unforgettable, Sam and I were sitting in the front next to the driver that paid a lot more attention to her and I than the flooded, unpaved, uphill road we were travelling on under a thunderstorm.
bus no.2: 6 hours of buseta, and 30 seater small bus, driven by a wannabe mass murderer with a penchant for very loud salsa! I mean, When I heard an Enrique Iglesias song and liked it I realised how bad things were.
bus no.3: 10 hours of turistico, a nice comfy tourist pullman that overnight took us to Santa Marta. By this time I knew better than sitting in the front and watching what was happening on the street. I lay in the back, whated a movie and pretended not to feel the manic swirving and the intergalactic speed of the bus.
Sam and I or a very scruffy version of us finaly arrived at Taganga a small fishing village near Santa Marta, after a 10 min taxi ride. Our Hostel was really nice, and the weather dry and warm, a nice change from all the rain.
Taganga is very small but has about 20 hostels, it caters mainly to travellers that want to simply hang out here for a while (like months!) or those like us that are on the way to the Ciudad Perdida trek or Tayrona National Park.
I can´t really say much else about it other than:
- they have the most tired stray dogs ever
- all stray dogs have enourmous ears
- women wear clothes 2 sizes smaler
- everyone seems to have a muffin top
Next stop: The Ciudad Perdida Trek, I can't wait!