Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, Santa Marta

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A magical spot where the jungle meets the sea, Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona remains one of Colombia's leading outdoor attractions largely thanks to its pristine nature. The national park offers a diverse range of landscapes, including arid brown lands in the west, rainforest in the center, and sandy beaches along the coastal north. While the water looks extremely inviting, many beaches--especially those marked with red flags--remain unsafe for swimming due to strong currents. If you're visiting the coastline in high season, prepare for big crowds and long lines in front of restaurants and facilities. Add Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona to your Santa Marta travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Santa Marta itinerary builder.
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  • "Making mention of the song" the bike "in where Sakira mentions that that if to pique some day you samples the Tayrona, after not will want to go is ' pa' Barcelona", effectively is a park natural in where you'll have a cute contact with the nature, after a long walk is appreciates it combination of jungle, forest, some animalitos, some indigenous that sold water of coco until finally reaching the beaches and natural swimming pool. There is an area close to the beach where you can camp and should certainly be another wonderful experience. I recommend bringing water for the crossing, sneakers for the walk and repellent just in case. On the beach you can buy lunch and drinks but they do not accept cards, I recommend take money or food if you don't want to spend on the site.
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  • The park is amazing! Well worth it. We did a say visit. Some recommendations below: 1. Purchase your entrance online. It will save you precious time. 2. Arrive at 8am. This will give you enough time f...  more »
  • This Park is beautiful, but this overrated. It is quite far away and the places to stay are very bad. Without bathrooms or anything. Very bad hammocks. Wet and dirty
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  • Tyrona beaches are absolutely great. Best is to stay there for 2-3 days and sleep in one of huts with hammocks. Time of walk to certain points of the park is longer than indicated by guides so if you plan one day trip it's better to make short walk to a beach and get back to staring point.
  • Unbelievably gorgeous! This national park is surrounded with an incredible range of ecosystems. From steep rocky hills to sandy coastal beaches. I visited this beautiful park in early May of 2016 and stayed in Cabo San Juan. I had an experience of a lifetime and will always remember this place. At night the sky lit up with thousands of stars, it even created a silhouette of the mountains and palm trees. If you like hiking and camping I highly recommend you check this place out. Don't forget your camera!
  • Imagine walking through beach after gorgeous beach in between thick jungle trails, you have Tayrona National Park. I took a fishing boat from Taganga (they load about 20 people on this boat and in open water, so it gets choppy; prepare to get wet), which cost about 35k COP. Get there around 9 am and deal with the captain of the boat. They are located where the Kiosks begin. They dropped us off at Cabo San Juan (one of the most beautiful beaches I have been to) and there you will have to pay the park entry fee which is another 35k COP (students get a discount of about half off; bring your Student ID and copy of your Passport). You can choose to stay at Cabo San Juan and rent a hammock to sleep in (there are many other spots you can camp at) or you can begin hiking out of the park. Prepare for at least a 4 hour hike through jungle and beaches. At the entrance of the park, you can pickup a local bus back to Taganga on the cheap that takes about 1.5 hours.
  • Such a beautiful national park. It is about an hour in a taxi from Santa Marta. Entrance is heavily discounted for students so make sure you bring student ID and a passport photocopy, otherwise entry is around $20AUD. Upon entering, you catch a bus to the start of the walking track for 3000 pesos (around $1.50AUD) and from there you can hike through the forest to all the beaches. If you are only doing a day trip and want to make it to Cabo, arrive early. The beaches are all beautiful, and there are plenty of camping spots.
  • A combination of the best of the Caribbean (cristal clear beaches), the narratives of Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Look for the giant eggs), and a real indigenous ecosystem (look for the Tayrona indians). This is the park of magical realism.