There was bollocks all here and that’s why I loved it.

Overview

Here’s why Palomino is a must see backpacking destination. This was my last stop before flying home to London. After 8 months solo backpacking South America. I shouldn’t have went back. Although I’m glad I did as I owed the tax man a large amount of dollar and it inspired a path. A path of working hard to get back out here and live a nomad life. My point, probably pointless, is don’t return until you’re REALLY ready to return. I stuck to a date I made months back for no reason. I could have easily changed it. Anyway, spiritual yabba aside Palomio is fucking awesome!

Why Palomino is a must see backpacking destination. A view looking out to see from the Hostel Makino

Morning wake-up

The best hostel in South America

I crashed at Hostel Makao pictured below. Behind Chili Kiwi in Chile it’s the best hostel in South America in my opinion. I stayed weeks. Not only because it had an outdoor prison gym but because the owner and his chica are legends. We partied together in Minca and spent many a day sharing a beer in his beach front garden. The guy was in London for 12 years running hotels. Now owns a palace on the beach front in Colombia, hats off to you my friend.

 

Hostel Makao was bang on the beach front. Has a local cocktail guy who lives and breathes the art of cocktails. And you could walk out into the sea for a shower each morning. Life is what it’s about right here. The dorm room is spacious and well setup. The private rooms are like something out of an Airbnb jungle house.


Do’s

  • Stay a few days relaxing in this hidden gem of paradise
  • Stay at Makao Hostel on the beach front, he has an outdoor gym 😉
  • Walk the length of the beach in both directions you shall find paradise
  • Go tubing and take beers
  • Take cash with you as there is no cash machine but you can hire someone to take you to the next village if it’s urgent
  • Eat food from the little shacks close to the beach front
  • Run the length of the beach
  • Get here via bus along the coast and always keep your bag on your lap

Don’ts

  • Stay near the main road
  • Go swimming in the red flag areas the waves and currents here can be strong
  • Stay in the main party hostel unless gap yaar kids and heavy music is your thing

Palmonio itself is tiny. Eating usually involved sitting on a wooden bench in a shack having grilled meats and fish. Served with Caribbean tunes on in the back ground. I found superb coffee in this local town and just 30 minutes bus ride along the coast was tubing and El Rio. A jungle party hostel with epic DJ’s. And boy did we party there!

I had a daily ritual of walking all the way along the beach each day to the very end. About 2 miles. I’d take the TRX and workout from a tree in the middle of nowhere. I Could even strip down bollocks out and run into the sea after without anyone seeing my little fella.


Tips for healthy eats

  • Just before the entrance to the main beach, via the path. There’s a wooden shack with a grill. They do superb fish, chicken and veg dishes. I ate here almost every night.
  • Close to the main road at the top of the path is a small coffee house on the right with outdoor seating, the coffee here is number 1.
  • Hostel Mako has amazing food, although a little pricey to eat there all the time but if you’re staying you get a discount.

How to get meat for that protein hit

  • The BBQ shack next to the beach does fresh fish and the chicken portions are at least 44g or protein, top that with a cup of rice and veg and you’re close to 50gs. I ate here almost every night.
  • Tins of tuna, nuts and fruit were my go to for lunch on the beach and hostel makao’s breakfast with a huge amount of eggs, granola and fruit were my go-to for breakfast.

Where to exercise

You have 2 miles of white golden sands, it’s where not to exercise that is the question. If you’re staying at Hostel Makao there’s an outdoor gym area with a pull-up bar and cement dumb-bells.

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