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Puerto Colombia, Henri Pittier National Park

Written on: Friday February 12th, 2010

A journal entry from: South America

February 8th - 13th

It took a taxi, two buses and another taxi before we made it to Puerto Colombia (also known as Choroni) but it was definitely worth it. We had booked a posada online and it turned out to be great, with friendly staff and a nice big quiet garden with hammocks to relax in. There don´t seem to be any places to stay right by the beach anywhere in Venezuela but this was only 10 minutes walk. We were the only people staying and were well taken care of. We particularly enjoyed the food prepared by Carlos the chef.

Puerto Colombia is a small colonial town, quite charming with small streets and colouful buildings. It is not too hectic which seems unusual for a Venezuelan town and we were especially relaxed in the Posada, slightly out of town. The beach, Playa Grande, is beautiful so we spent quite some time there.

Julián, the nephew of the owner of the posada who also works there gave us a surf lesson one afternoon. It was great fun and we both managed to stand up quite a bit. It was really difficult but certainly good exercise!

Unfortunately for us, this weekend is the carnival where thousands of people from Caracas and other towns descend onto this quiet little town to play extremely loud music and party a lot! This was not exactly what we wanted and on top of that everything is full.... However Julián had a plan for us. Tomorrow we are going to borrow his tent and get a boat out to a beach farther away where hopefully not too many of the carnival-crowd will reach. We will camp for two nights and should have the beach to ourselves after the last boat has left.