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Winding down at the end of the trip

Colombia day sixteen

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Lagoon by the Mendihuaca River

Our last full day in Colombia and with nothing planned we had a later, relaxed breakfast. Then we decided to take a walk to the Mendihuaca beach and the mouth of the river of the same name. We followed the rough track that links the stretch of hotels of which ours, Cayena Beach, is one. After passing the entrances to several simple hotels they petered out and the track was lined to our right by a grove of palm trees (and beyond that the sea) and to our left much denser forest.


Palm trees by the path

We heard, and occasionally saw, lizards scampering in the dry leaves beside our path.

One of the lizards

At one point we passed a ruined concrete shell of a building that reminded us of Pablo Escobar’s much grander, but equally ruined, lakeside retreat.

The path to the beach, and ruined building

On the ruins

The track ended at a security gate and beyond that we could walk through a car park down to the beach. This is lined with simple restaurants and hostels, plus a couple of surf shops. Although it was a Sunday and plenty of locals were here to enjoy their day off, it wasn’t crowded. There was just enough activity to make it interesting but not enough to detract from the attractiveness of the beach and the sound of the waves crashing on the shore. Swimming here isn’t recommended, and indeed there were red flags to warn against it.



On Playa Mendihuaca

We strolled along the sand taking photos as we went. After a while we reached the river mouth. The Rio Mendihuaca spills into the sea across the sand, creating a large lagoon which, unlike the sea, is ideal for bathing. Several people were doing just that, relaxing in its calm shallow waters. Further away a couple of men were fishing.

The Mendihuaca River

Lagoon by the Mendihuaca River

We retraced our steps a little and found a shady table, right on the sands, at one of the cafes. We sat for some time over cold drinks, watching all the activity on the beach and enjoying the sight and sound of the sea.

Juice stand

Locals relaxing

Local on the beach

We considered having lunch here but there were no small items on the menu and with the usual three course dinner to be eaten later at Cayena Beach we didn’t want anything large. So we walked back to the hotel along the by-now rather hot track, stopping to photograph flowers and a butterfly on the way.


Butterfly and bougainvillea

Back at the hotel, I had a swim, and we spent some time relaxing by the pool and enjoying our last coca lemonade.


The pool at Cayena Beach Villas

Palm leaves by the pool

Dinner this evening was very good, especially the delicious piece of salmon and nicely cooked vegetables that I had selected from the limited menu.

Posted by ToonSarah 11:24 Archived in Colombia Tagged beaches trees flowers hotel colombia butterflies

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I like how that butterfly perfectly matches the bougainvillea.

by irenevt

That struck me too Irene - we spent quite some time trying to get photos of it and this was the best I managed!

by ToonSarah

your pictures are amazing, I get holiday vibes just seeing them!

by Ils1976

I always have holiday vibes Ils 😀

by ToonSarah

How relaxing! I would be in that lagoon in a heartbeat! :) was the water warm or pleasantly cool, did you try? :)

by hennaonthetrek

We hadn't taken swimming gear on out walk so I didn't go in but I would guess it was warm

by ToonSarah

I thought you might have tipped your toe in anyway or something :)

by hennaonthetrek

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