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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  • The hike on the wetland is a different experience. Deberiabindicar has important standards and that it has rained previamenteben place the cami ata will be in the mud. Cabo San Juan Beach is beautiful. Not best q Brazilian beaches. If there was rain is dark and not transparent. If it rains during the trip it is difficult. Young boys is an inolvodable Friday. People older than 50 years if they take this excursion does not co try another porq wear physicist do permit 2 followed in short term. It is worthwhile to do it
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  • We took the bus from Plaza mercado. Easy to find then bus dealers screaming tayrona when one walks by. Cost 7000 pesos one way. Large backpacks may ride in the trunk. A little over an hour took the trip. The driver said to when we would jump by park staff will help you. to book a place on one of three campgrounds: a quiet and inexpensive that have Wi-Fi, located in the jungle and that is where the beaches are. We chose like anyone else to stay at cabo san juan. The hammock has no mosquito protection and tents was insufferably hot and ofräsha. The food is also not good. The walk was very muddy so use either high hiking shoes wellies or walking barefoot. Fine beaches. Knott in the evening. Pleasant experience but not as awesome as I thought.
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  • This natural park deserves, without any doubt a day visit for walks into the nature provides. The excellent beaches that have. Not to be missed
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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Where to stay in Santa Marta

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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