Hiking to Pozo del Amor in Paso del Mango, Colombia
Hiking to Pozo del Amor in Paso del Mango was an unexpected, but pleasant, outcome of the day. Truth is, I didn’t even know Pozo del Amor existed until I got there.
I met a Colombian friend in about mid-morning and we set off from Santa Marta on a bus to Bonda. Bonda is the gateway town to Paso Del Mango. Since I had a local with me I hadn’t done any research on how to get to Paso Del Mango, or even what it was. Turns out she had never been there either and was relying on me!
I did remember to get off at the police station so that’s what we did. From there we asked a policeman what to do next. He pointed us in the right direction and we started walking.
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Hiking to Pozo del Amor in Paso del Mango
The hike in was nice. The path was wide enough for cars, which came through every so often, but tranquil enough to hike.
There were some nice views along the way.
And some awesome butterflies. We even saw a big blue one that I have never seen before. There is a common blue butterfly that I see in Colombia whenever I go hiking. This one was extra big and a different shade of blue. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a picture of it in time.
For some reason, I thought Paso Del Mango was going to be like Pueblito in Tayrona National Park. I’m not sure why I thought that. I read later that it is a traditional village. We didn’t even know we had arrived and ended up walking right through it.
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After a while, we got to La Puenta del Paso del Mango and we thought, “this might be it”.
I’m happy we decided to go further because then we came to this place. What seems to be a new resort.
We spoke to some of the gardeners and they told us we already walked through Paso Del Mango. They also told us about a waterfall only a few minutes further on.
Pozo del Amor
This picture is the path to Pozo del Amor.
When we got to Pozo del Amor there were only 4 other people there. Some of the lads showed me where it was safe to jump in. They were practicing their flips.
You can climb up the other side and have a little explore around.
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There is another smaller waterfall on the other side also. Pity about the one bit of trash in the water.
We hiked back to the bridge and my friend went for a play in the water. She didn’t feel safe at the waterfall.
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After a long hike back we wanted to get something to eat but we ended up catching the bus straight back to Santa Marta. It was late in the afternoon and there isn’t much in Bonda.
Getting to Paso del Mango from Santa Marta
Get a bus from Santa Marta to Bonda. You can do that from Carrera 5, where Exito is. In Bonda, get off at the Police Station. The journey is about 40 minutes and will cost 1,600COP or 1,700COP on a Sunday or holiday.
Once at the police station in Bonda walk up the nearest cross street. It is on your left as you walk back towards Santa Marta. You will see guys with motorbikes there. You can get one of them to take you to Paso Del Mango if you want. I read somewhere that it costs 10,000COP.
If you prefer to walk, follow that road (the one the guys with motorbikes are on) up and around. Don’t get off it. From the police station, it took us about 2 hours to hike to Pozo Del Amor in Paso Del Mango.
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