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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  • Hello travelers! Would I like to know if there is somewhere at the entrance of the Tayrona to leave bags? Since I want to access the Cabo San Juan and it is a long journey. It would come from Cartagena to Tayrona, and still the other day at the airport of Santa Marta.
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  • Spectacular National Park of Tayrona, have two options 1 beach glass where you can spend the day in the most beautiful beach of the park overlooking Paradise 2 hiking through the park where you can see other Wilder beaches but not is can one swim
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  • This was one of the first sites to be declared a Natural Park in Colombia. It is very cute, very crowded but worth the walk.
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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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