A Hike through Parque Tayrona

Parque Tayrona, Colombia

A beach in Tayrona National Park, Colombia (photo by Kelly McGarvey)

Parque Tayrona was a favorite destination on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. Maybe this spot stood out because the vegetation was so lush compared to the arid coast just west of the park, which is in the rain shadow of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Maybe my endorphins were surging during the six hour round-trip hike along the string of four major beach areas in the park. Perhaps it was the legions of leaf cutter ants crossing the trail at several points in the hike, or the large iguana we spotted basking by the ocean. Or maybe Parque Tayrona is just plain stunning.

About the Photographer

Kelly MOriginally inspired by college friends, Kelly has traveled on five continents (so far). In 2008, she completed her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and promptly ran away on a nine month journey with her husband around the mainland United States and on to Hawaii, Fiji, Australia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and South Korea. Kelly currently lives on the Chesapeake Bay in her home state of Maryland and commutes much too far to work as a scientist at the National Institute for Biotechnology Information. Besides her interest in travel, she is obsessed with music, hiking, swimming holes, bonfires, and her dog.


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