Palomino

Sunset on the beach PalominoWhen skirting the Caribbean Coast of Colombia, backpackers usually opt for the buzzing beaches of Taganga, or the surprisingly sophisticated restaurant scene of Santa Marta to locate themselves. These are great places to explore, and excellent for a night out, but if it’s solitude and peace you’re after, you could do a lot worse than heading half an hour down the road to the picturesque and relatively unexplored town of Palomino.

Palomino has a population of around 4,000 people and little in the way of tourism infrastructure. This becomes most apparent when you take the short walk to the nearest beach – what seems like unending miles of completely uninhabited beaches stretch on as far as the eye can see.

If this wasn’t enough then the traveller will also find spectacular views in the area of some of Colombia’s most unexpected sights; namely the snow capped peaks of Sierra Nevada. Indeed, Palomino is a gateway to the area and an excellent base for exploration of these mountains.

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Beach Life, Palomino ColombiaIn Palomino there is little to do except explore the nearby wonders (such as the mountains) or relax and rejuvenate on the idyllic beaches. The locals, mostly fishermen and their families, will warmly welcome you and undoubtedly be curious about your travels to the village, so take the opportunity to sit down with a beer in the clear evenings and have a chin wag. If you can understand the accent.

The area is also a hot bed for indigenous tribes, where Kogis, Arhuacos and Taironas live, or at least visit. You can arrange tours with La Sirena Ecohostel into the unexplored heartlands of these indigenous villages.

Palomino offers some good surfing and is quite a good place to learn the sport as the beach there is not subject to the rip tides that affects much of Colombia's coastline. More on surfing in Colombia.

...=> Palomino Travel Guide Part 2: Accommodation, Hotels, Restaurants, Bars, Nightlife, Getting There

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