If the greatest level of distraction you’re after once you get to the Caribbean utopia of Tayrona is the occasional thud of a falling coconut or the scurries of a brave little squirrel rather than a crowd of marauding backpackers; we suggest that, when you’re on the main track from Canaveral to Arrecifes, you take the side-trail to the left (in a rare occurence around these parts, there is a sign), and make your way under the palm trees to Don Pedro. Here you’ll find cheap space to camp; hammocks just waiting for some swinging; basic cooking facilities; a restaurant stocked with delicious, well-priced meals and ridiculously cold beers; and shower facilities, which are admittedly also kind of cold. You’ll also find a crew of friendly, happy-go-lucky local lads that are only too happy to share a laugh or crack a coconut for you. They seem to like watching Naruto, for some reason.
We know it’s a little out of the way – for example, the nearest beach takes a bit of a trudge to get to, but if you really want to get into the simple, relaxing, carefree mood of this National Park, there’s no better place to leave it all behind. Don Pedro may be a bit basic, but sometimes that’s all you basically want.
Camping space: COP$8,000
Hammocks (under thatched roofs): COP$12,000
Dinner: from COP$12,000.
Lockers for smaller valuables
Gilesy says: I love this little hideaway in Tayrona. Even though my Spanish is terrible, I found the staff really friendly and quite hilarious. It delivered on my admittedly simple dream of just swinging in a hammock in the Carribean, but I would have to say that I wish I’d packed a light blanket, as it can get a little chilly at night. Apart from that; bliss!