A peculiar masterpiece of nature opens up in a dense landscape of intense green. A doily of rock hangs, the cleanest current of water wets the outcropping of rocks that nature has sculpted with patience over thousands of years. Kilometer 56, on the way to Riohacha, close to the west of Tayrona Park, you can explore this prodigy of nature.
Valencia Creek is more of a waterfall than a creek. During high season, the water falls vertically, crashing into natural pools below. When it’s not so rainy, you can explore and climb up the falls, and get energized in this unique, strange place.
In summer you can enjoy the natural pools below the falls that are protected by hundred-year-old ceibas, who look like guardians of the waters. Bamboo forests spire to the sky in their svelt trunks and bend, gracefully, toward the precious natural waters.
There are other surprises that await you here. Getting to Valencia Creek is an adventurous trek into the jungle in vibrant colors accompanied by a symphony of birds, crickets and frogs.
After a long walk, you’ll be relieved, and pleased to hear the thunderous notes of Valencia Creek, as it’s a sign you’re close to your destination. In instants you’ll be just a step away and once there, will bask in reverential silence. Slip into the refreshing waters and watch your step on your way up!
If you want to save energy for the ascent to Valencia Creek and don’t want to walk, take an eco-taxi (a horse or mule). So whether you walk, or ride, to Valencia Creek, adventure awaits. After a long morning ascending rocks and sitting in natural pools, enjoy a delicious snack of buttery sweet plantain with cheese.