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. Use our Santa Marta road trip planning tool to visit Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona on your trip to Santa Marta, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • October 6, 2017
    I met 7 waves, neguanje and beach glass is one of the most beautiful places I've ever met and would return again and again... I really liked those beaches recommend...
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  • October 6, 2017
    Very beautiful place but at the entrance to lot of garbage and tolls with personnel of the army, would be great to improve toilets and showers that do not have water, vendors heckle and charge double or triple the normal cost in stores
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  • October 5, 2017
    Extraordinary place! It is to be seen by his magic and splendour. The infrastructure of roads and restaurants leaves to be desired. Some specific places with trash, can be corrected easily.
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  • August 6, 2017
    Super hot. No atms. Pretty busy. A little expensive. But amazing, and totally stunning and worth it. Get to the entrance early if you want a spot at Cabo, but the other camp sites are really nice too. Also do not expect an amazing nights sleep in the hammocks, they are comfy for about 10 minutes.
  • June 17, 2017
    Tayrona National Park offers all kinds of stays, whether you're looking for a quiet stay in camping or a fun day out on the beach, the staff here can help you find the best area for you. It can be quiet strenuous if you're not particularly fit but it is incredible rewarding getting from A to B. Great fun for all the family.
  • May 6, 2017
    One of the most beautiful places I've ever been. Go early in the morning mid week to avoid the crowds. Rent a hammock for the night. No light pollution = amazing sky. Water is prone to rip tides, be aware on the beaches. The food here was just average and expensive for what it is so either bring your own or be prepared for disappointment.
  • August 1, 2017
    Beautiful, but the trail is used by horses that tear it up and poop everywhere. Would be nice to have separate trails for horses and people.
  • July 20, 2017
    The great organization to serve and help nationals and foreign tourist with natural and preserved Ecosystem from Mountains to corals surrounding all its beachs.

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No matter where you stay in Santa Marta's historical center, you'll never be more than a few minutes' walk from the beach. The old town offers countless accommodations, ranging from energetic youth hostels to cozy, family-run inns. Look to the seafront just outside of the historical center for luxury hotels and beach resorts. For a quieter experience, stay in the nearby beach town of Taganga, just north of Santa Marta.
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