Los Naranjos: our favourite place in Colombia
We're going to let you in on a secret.
Our favourite place in Colombia is somewhere you've probably never heard of.
Whilst visitors to the Caribbean coast flood into nearby Tayrona National Park or head inland to Minca, this little spot where the Piedras river meets the Atlantic Ocean was ours.
After spending a long weekend in Palomino, our sweaty walk from the main road on a humid Monday afternoon was rewarded, as we set down our backpacks in one of the coolest places we've ever stayed.
A stone's throw from a beach known as Los Naranjos, our open-air room gave us an awesome view of the quality waves below, a patch of ocean that has previously held a number of surfing championships.
Want to know more about our house on top of the rock? Click here.
As soon as we arrived, we were smitten.
This was Colombia at its finest - untouched jungle, wild waves and beaches straddling the mouth of the river.
We spent three days here, lazing on the beach, exploring secluded coves, reading in hammocks, and crossing the river to the jungle, to look for howler monkeys, lizards and never-before-seen bird species.
It was, for us, a little slice of paradise.
If you're interested in seeing this incredible place for yourself, we'd highly recommend staying at Finca Barlovento. There are, however, alternative accommodation options nearby, such as Playa Los Angeles.
Tayrona is a short drive away, for those who are considering a day trip, or overnight tent/hammock stay, inside the national park.
All buses heading towards Palomino, or back, can drop you off in this area. For more information on transport options, including costs, check out this post.