Roots Island, a Colombian paradise In search of a new experience in the Colombian Caribbean and wanting to embark on an adventure, I found Isla Roots. A place that has become popular on social networks, especially for both foreign and local travelers who are looking for unique places with their own charm. This hostel is located in a privileged place because it is part of a natural reserve area such as the San Bernardo archipelago, on the border of the department of Sucre and Bolívar.
My adventure started from Bogotá to Cartagena de Indias, where I stayed for two nights. Then, on the third day, I woke up early to take a boat at 8:30 in the morning with the company “tranq it easy” from the Bodeguita dock. The tour on the boat was pleasant as it makes its way into clear sea waters, with different stops that allow you to see the magnificence of this beautiful archipelago before reaching Roots Island. The cost of the boats is one hundred thousand Colombian pesos per trip, on average thirty dollars and the duration of the trip is approximately ninety minutes. However, it is possible to travel from Tolú or Rincón del Mar for a lower price.
Upon arrival Jessica and Tuto welcomed us and from the moment I stepped foot in the place I felt that I was at home. They were very kind and gave me a tour of the island, they showed me the facilities and the rules of the place. I was enchanted with a magical island, with a three-story wooden house, a mangrove swamp, a volleyball court, a dock in the back perfect for sunbathing, with a natural pool that made me feel like I was in it. paradise. After I settled in, I decided to do the island ritual, which consists of diving from the front of the hostel to leave behind all the bad energies.
One of the things that I liked the most was the local food, his cook is called Sussy and from the first moment he was very kind, he always asked me if I had liked the food and he spoiled me by making those recipes so traditional from the islet. Although I asked her for the recipe, only Doña Sussy adds that special touch to the meals, in addition to telling you the history of the islet and giving you a context of what life is like in the San Bernardo archipelago. Of course, you also have the option of taking your own canned goods and making your food without using the kitchen, they provide you with plates and cutlery, but nothing to heat, because you have to understand that it is part of their business to encourage consumption. Likewise, drinks and liquor from outside can be entered after charging a cork, which is a good option for those who enjoy specific brands of liquor, since it must be considered that as it is an island the variety is limited. However, I did not bring anything in particular to the hostel but enjoy their wonderful cocktails.
By: Andrea Ortiz.