Parque Tayrona Colombia

Colombia’s Unspoiled Parque Tayrona

In the past, I’ve written about Minca, one of the most charming destinations along Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Minca is tranquil, exotic and good for a day, or maybe two, but it’s nothing compared to Tayrona National Natural Park, which is undoubtedly the crown jewel of Colombian ecotourism.

Located approximately 20 km from the city of Santa Marta, the hub for ecotourists along the eastern stretch of Colombia’s Caribbean coast, Parque Tayrona (as it’s known in Spanish) has everything, from hiking, to camping, to swimming, to opportunities to experience indigenous culture.

To reach Parque Tayrona, either book a taxi from your hostel in Santa Marta (this is a good option if you’re traveling in a group), or ask a local which collectivo share taxi you can hop on, if you’re traveling on your own or as part of a couple.

Just one word of advice: If someone in the park advises you not to hike along a certain path, listen to them!

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Alejandra C. August 28, 2013 at 8:54 am

Great post! I live in Bogotá and usually use the Parque Tayrona as a getaway from Bogota´s mess and noice in order to find some peace.
There are two indigenous places to visist: one of them is Pueblito, the smaller one, and the other one is Ciudad Perdida, wich is a 4-5 days hike and it´s a little bit bigger. I´m glad you had the chance to see Pueblito!

Randy April 24, 2014 at 10:53 pm

How much does it cost to take a taxi from Santa Marta to Tayrona? Also, Is Santa Marta the only way to get to Tayrona?

Robert Schrader April 26, 2014 at 2:30 pm

I am not honestly sure about the taxi, because I took the bus. Santa Marta is the most convenient large-ish city.

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