Tayrona National Park is a must visit during your roundtrip through Colombia. This beautiful park has it all: from golden yellow beaches to pristine jungle and even ruins of an age old village where the traditional Tayronan people lived. In this article we tell you everything you need to know about a visit to Tayrona National Park.
Hiking and relaxing
Tayrona is thé place to combine hiking and relaxing. From the main entrance (El Zaino) it’s a two to three hour walk to the most popular area of Tayrona: Cabo. The hike takes you through woods of palm trees and via beaches to this bay, which actually consists of two bays. It’s a tropical paradise, where you can take a swim in the warm sea, have a beer on the beach and enjoy an incredible sunset.
Tip: don’t finish at Cabo
Do you love to hike and is two hours not enough? We can imagine! Just walk a bit further, all the way to Pueblito. This is an old village where a tribe used to live (and it’s actually still inhabited). Over here you spot some traditional huts. It’s even more interesting if you know more about this place, which was connected to the Ciudad Perdida (Spanish name for Lost City). Make sure you read about Pueblito before going to Tayrona.
The hike takes about three more hours in total (back and forth) and it’s pretty tough. There are no real paths, so you have to climb rocks. But the views are amazing and because of all the climbing, it’s a fun hike to do. It can be challenging because of the sun and heat, but it will definitely feel great when you finish the three hours.
Tip: go for an overnight at Cabo San Juan del Guia
Most people visit Tayrona National Park just for the day, but we recommend staying here for one night. Around 4 or 5 pm all the day-trippers are gone and you only have to share the beaches with the people who are doing an overnight. Besides, you have more time to relax, you can do the extra hike to Pueblito and you can watch the beautiful sunset and sunrise.
Sleeping in a hammock on top of the Mirador
Go for a hammock on the Mirador of the Cabo San Juan del Guia camping. From here you have the most beautiful view over the beach and sea, and in the morning you watch a gorgeous sunrise from your hammock. Just reserve a hammock at the entrance of Tayrona (on the left side of the restaurant) to make sure you will have a spot (the Mirador has sixteen hammocks only). This experience is absolutely something you won’t forget!
Costs Tayrona National Park
The entrance of Tayrona costs 47.000 Peso per person (August 2018), which is around 15 USD. If you do an overnight, you don’t have to pay an extra day. A hammock on the Mirador is 50.000 Peso per person (16 USD), the other hammocks are cheaper. The prices of the food and drinks are okay: a little bottle of water costs 3.000 Peso, a beer costs 5.000 Peso and the cheapest meal is 15.000 Peso. You can also buy some sandwiches for 7.000 Peso.
Leave your big backpack or suitcase at the hotel you stayed the night before. You don’t have to stay close to the entrance of Tayrona, you can also stay in Santa Marta and take the early morning bus. The hotels in Santa Marta are cheaper and you have plenty of restaurants in the city. Close the the entrance of Tayrona it’s a bit boring and you only find some restaurants which are owned by hotels. Just make sure you bring some warm clothes for the night, because it can get really cold. And bring enough cash! Do you want to go to Tayrona around January or February? Check beforehand if the park is open. Around this time of the year the park is closed for a whole month to give nature a break.
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