[:en]We spent the last few hours in Cartagena drinking our leftover rum from the night before and sharing lunch with our new friends from our hostel. One too many cocktails later along with a good lunch and we were now waiting to jump on a bus to take us to the Barú Island, otherwise known as Playa Blanca. Getting to Playa Blanca takes two forms of transportation, one bus ride to Pasacaballos and from there a little taxi or car to the entrance of the Islas del Rosario National Park, an archipelago about 100 km south of Cartagena, known for its coral reef (One of Colombia’s most important reefs) and its white beaches.
Our arrival to the park is memorable, unfortunately, by the amount of garbage visible when we got off the cab. A little walk towards the water and we were walking on a beach about 50 meters wide with some of the whitest sand we’ve come across; it lived up to it’s name.
The landscape was adorned by dozens of little hostels/huts only a few meters away from the water, that ranged from $40K ($16USD) to $100K ($42USD) for the two of us. Equally charming as it was basic.
We took in the sunset from our little beach chairs a few steps from the water, the sky gave us quite an spectacle with beautiful colors and some clouds.Ou day ended quietly and early as power and lights are shut off at 10. Our host decided to shut it down at 9.


As with every island we have been so far, food was mediocre at best with higher cost that usual. This one was no exception as our breakfast, complete with powder milk for our coffee, was close to $15K ($7USD). After our meal, we hired a local guy to paddle us out into the ocean for 2 hours of snorkeling that made the trip worth it. Hundreds of different fish with thousand of colors, from all shapes and sizes. Our lunch was a freshly caught Parrot fish that our guide hunted with his speargun while we were snorkeling, which was enough to feed Danielle and I.
Instead of taking the bus back to Cartagena, we opted to take the boat. An older ferry-like boat with two decks.