The Unique Tayrona National Natural Park
The Tayrona National Natural Park, in northern Colombia in Santa Marta city, is a large protected area that covers from the slopes of the mountain called Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta to the adjacent areas of the Caribbean coast. It is known for its palm-covered coves, coastal lagoons, rainforest, and abundant biodiversity. At its center, the Pueblito ruins are an archaeological site accessed through forest trails, with terraces and structures built by the Tayrona civilization.
Just one hour from the historic center of Santa Marta is the Tayrona National natural Park and it’s 15,00 hectares, considered one of the most important ecological reserve in South America.
Because of ot´s natural beauty and abundant flora and fauna, the Tayrona Park is a must-see ecotourism destination in Colombia. Virgin beaches, archaeological remains, beautiful waterfalls and streams are part of the many natural spectacles and walks that can be found in the park.
Below you will find information on some recommended sites:
The Pueblito Chairama has archaeological ruins of Tayrona women who lived there more tan 500 years ago. Yor can also visit the Archaeological Museum of Chairama, located in the area known as Cañaveral, located near the Piedras river. It has a permanent archaeological exhibition.
The arrecifes sector has accommodation services, bathrooms and restaurants as well. The beach in the sector is not recomended for swimming due to the forcé of the waves. For swimming, la piscina is recommended, a beach that is besides the arrecifes sector.
Cabo San Juan de Guía is the most famous sector of the park, it has accommodation services, bathrooms and restaurants. It’s a good place to stay in tents and hammocks and you can walk from there to the Pueblito Chairama or just spend the day on its magnificent beaches. You can get the beach by taking a walk of approximately two and a half hours, or on horseback, or by boat from Taganga. In this sector of the park there are indigenous Kogui people who at certain times of the year decide to stop access to carry out rituals of environmental healing. It’s recomended to bring good hydration, sunscreen, repellent a camera to capture the different wonders of nature.
The Arrecifes sector has an accomodation area, bathrooms and restaurants. This part of the beach is dangerous due to the big waves, thats why you must go to the beach that is besides called La Piscina.
Playa Cristal is without a doubt one of the most beautiful beaches in the Colombian Carribean. You can get there from the palangana entrance (at kilometer 5) to reach the Neguanje bay and from there take a short 5-minute boat. Another way is to take a boat directley from Taganga.
We strongley recommend Bohemia Beach, an eco boutique hostel nestled between an unspoiled beach and a protected nature reserve full of wildlife, just 15 minutes from the park’s entrance. The site operates in an ecoresponsable manner and has an excellent restaurant and bar service.
For more information you can visit the page:
[email protected] or call : +57 322 224 7246
To get to the park from Santa Marta you must go to the public market of the transport terminal in Santa Marta, take a bus to the Guajira or Palomino, the trip takes about an hour and has a cost of $ 8,000 Colombian pesos COP per person ($ 3 USD)
What to bring to visit the park:
ID or Passport
Sunscreen and repellent
Hat and tennis shoes
Prices (values may vary according to the season):
Nationals from 5 to 25 years old $ 18,000 Colombian pesos COP
Nationals from 26 to 64 years old $ 24,000 Colombian pesos COP
Foreign persons entrance $ 53,500 COP
To Stay in cabo San Juan $ 20,000 – $ 30,000 COP
hammock rental $ 15,000 to $25,000 COP
Tent Rental: $ 25,000 to 30,000 COP
Lunch $ 15,000 to $ 30,000 COP