We headed up the coast to a town called Santa Marta. It's in a big stretch of area where the desert meets the Caribbean and so was a very strange mix of turquoise water mixed with parched desert. We drove through miles of cactus forests like the one below.
The city itself was rather uninspiring as the its waterfront was banked on each side with port. We also drove through a lot of shanty towns to get to Santa Marta which we found shocking having never seen something like that before. It still amazes us that so many people in our world live with so little.
We did seek out one of the nicer beaches in the area which involved a ride in the back of a pickup down a very dusty road but it was worth the effort. The beach is a popular area for fishermen and so we got to enjoy some fresh fish hot off the grill while chillin' on the beach.
The best thing to say about Santa Marta is that we discovered motorcycle taxis. There are hundreds of guys scooting around and you just flag one down and get a lift on the back of their bikes for $2000 pesos (equals $1 CDN). They drive like absolute madmen weaving through traffic, on sidewalks, you name it and you get where you're going quickly. We caught a ride back to our hostel with two of these guys and loved it. Good times!
We spent a few days here before deciding that it was time to head inland.