8 Best Hostels Tayrona To Enjoy The National Park

My detailed analysis of the best Tayrona National Park hostels to compare and quickly find the accommodation that’s right for you.

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You want to make the most of Tayrona National Park, and you need to find a hostel that meets your tastes and budget requirements? Choosing from the wide range of accommodations in Tayrona is not easy. That’s why I will help you.

Thanks to my 4 stays there, I can give you the list of the best Tayrona hostels. Then, you’ll be able to choose the option that’s right for you.

Here’s what you’ll discover if you read this guide c.a.r.e.f.u.l.l.y: 

  • Staying in or near the park? The advantages and disadvantages of both options.
  • A brief and clear analysis of each Tayrona hostel I’ve selected for you, with pros and cons and my expert advice.
  • The best time to visit Tayrona.
  • How many days you should stay.
  • My tips you need to know to make the most of your stay in Tayrona and avoid classic mistakes 
  • And lots more!

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My favorite Hostels in Tayrona

Comfort & Nature
  • Where:
    El Zaino
  • 4.6
  • From 64 USD
  • Description:

    Lodge Cacao Tayrona offers an excellent harmony of comfort and nature. With its tastefully decorated rooms overlooking the jungle and its attentive staff, it's a lovely place to play Robinsons after visiting Tayrona National Park.

Great value
  • Where:
    El Zaino
  • 4.5
  • From 41 USD
  • Description:

    With its cozy atmosphere and caring staff, Hostal Antawara is a hostel where you'll feel right at home. It's well located for exploring Tayrona National Park. However, there is no evening meal.

A green oasis
  • Where:
    El Zaino
  • 4.4
  • From 15 USD
  • Description:

    Eco Hostal Yukula is a cosy nest surrounded by nature, an excellent compromise between an eco-friendly lifestyle and comfort. It's the perfect place to recharge your batteries after a day exploring Tayrona Park.

In the Park
  • Where:
    Calabazo
  • 4.5
  • From 70 USD
  • Description:

    Situated in the park, Playa Brava Teyumakke is the ideal place for those who love to immerse themselves in nature and appreciate the peace and authenticity of simple but friendly comfort. This little paradise is well worth the effort; don't be afraid to hike to get there!

Comfort & Nature
Where:
El Zaino
4.6
From 64 USD
Description:

Lodge Cacao Tayrona offers an excellent harmony of comfort and nature. With its tastefully decorated rooms overlooking the jungle and its attentive staff, it's a lovely place to play Robinsons after visiting Tayrona National Park.

Great value
Where:
El Zaino
4.5
From 41 USD
Description:

With its cozy atmosphere and caring staff, Hostal Antawara is a hostel where you'll feel right at home. It's well located for exploring Tayrona National Park. However, there is no evening meal.

A green oasis
Where:
El Zaino
4.4
From 15 USD
Description:

Eco Hostal Yukula is a cosy nest surrounded by nature, an excellent compromise between an eco-friendly lifestyle and comfort. It's the perfect place to recharge your batteries after a day exploring Tayrona Park.

In the Park
Where:
Calabazo
4.5
From 70 USD
Description:

Situated in the park, Playa Brava Teyumakke is the ideal place for those who love to immerse themselves in nature and appreciate the peace and authenticity of simple but friendly comfort. This little paradise is well worth the effort; don't be afraid to hike to get there!

Here is my selection of the best Tayrona National Park hostels. It will help you compare the different hostels and make your choice.

1# Lodge Cacao Tayrona: Comfort & luxurious setting

Comfy hostel
Lodge Cacao Tayrona
Pros:
  • Beautiful surroundings and comfort
  • Great breakfast
Cons:
  • Traffic noises
Where: El Zaino
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Why I Love This Hostel

I adore Lodge Cacao Tayrona for its blend of comfort and nature. It’s a stunning getaway just a few kilometers away from the El Zaino entrance to Tayrona National Park. Staying here means you’re incredibly close to the park yet secluded enough to enjoy peace and tranquility—except for the road’s noise.

The Pros

  • Private plunge pools in some rooms for that luxurious solitude.
  • Stunning landscapes from your room, immersing you in nature.
  • Exceptional staff, including a very helpful manager.
  • Access to public transport right outside, making trips to the park and nearby beaches easy.
  • Delicious breakfast, perfect before a day at Tayrona National Park.

The Cons

  • Not all rooms have easy access; some require climbing steep steps.
  • Restaurant service isn’t available every day.
  • Noise from the main road can be a minor issue for some.

My Recommendation for Enjoying This Stay

Request a room further up the hill—it’s worth the climb for the views.

2# journey hostel tayrona: great atmosphere

Convivial hostel
Journey Hostel Tayrona
Pros:
  • Beautiful location and views
  • Great staff and food
Cons:
  • No hot water & slow breakfast service
Where: El Zaino
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Why I Love This Hostel

I’m particularly fond of Journey Hostel Tayrona for its amazing atmosphere and proximity to Tayrona National Park; it’s just a 10-minute motorcycle taxi ride, costing only a Euro. It stands out as one of the most beautiful hostels I’ve visited, blending perfectly comfort with the thrill of adventure.

The Pros

  • Exceptional staff who are accommodating and helpful.
  • Offers a beautiful location with stunning views.
  • Social but chilled vibe, ideal for meeting new people.
  • Great food options, including delicious breakfast pancakes.
  • Easy access to Tayrona National Park and other activities.

The Cons

  • No hot water in the shower.
  • Breakfast service can be slow.
  • Some rooms offer little privacy and are “shaky”

My Recommendation for Enjoying This Stay

To truly enjoy your stay at Journey Hostel Tayrona, opt for a private cabin or an air-conditioned dorm room. Arrive early to beat the breakfast rush, ensuring a smooth start to your adventure-filled day.

3# The Valley Tayrona: Peace and quiet in the jungle

Jungle hostel
The Valley Tayrona
Pros:
  • Great location with stunning views
  • Delicious food
Cons:
  • Difficult access
Where: El Zaino
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Why I Love This Hostel

The Valley Tayrona captures my heart with its stunning jungle views and close proximity—just a 10-minute walk to the Tayrona National Park entrance. Its location offers an immersive experience into nature unlike any other. If you’re seeking tranquility and a deep connection with the environment, this is where you should stay.

The Pros

  • Spectacular scenery, nestled in the jungle with incredible views of the valley.
  • Exceptional food that receives rave reviews from guests.
  • Unique sleeping experience, allowing you to sleep practically in the open air.
  • Friendly staff, especially notable mentions for mamá Titi (Ángela) and Andrea.

The Cons

  • The noise in dorms can disturb sleep due to the open design.
  • Overpriced food and drinks compared to other options, even within the park.
  • Accessibility challenges: requires crossing rivers and can be tricky without proper footwear.

My Recommendation for Enjoying This Stay

Pack light and come prepared for an adventure. Bring comfortable waterproof footwear for crossing rivers and exploring the surrounding jungle. To maximize your experience, engage with the staff and take advantage of their local knowledge for hidden gems and less crowded times to visit Tayrona National Park.

4# Hostal Antawara Tayrona: Good value for money

Good Value Hostel
Hostal Antawara Tayrona
Pros:
  • Good location
  • Comfort and friendly staff
Cons:
  • Noisy at night and no evening meal service
Where: El Zaino
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Why I Love This Hostel

I’ve found Hostal Antawara Tayrona to be a hidden gem for travelers. It’s conveniently located just a 25-minute walk from the Tayrona National Park entrance, making it an ideal base for adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike. The intimate setting and personalized attention are why you should stay here.

The Pros

  • Proximity to Tayrona National Park: Ideal for early hikes.
  • Personalized Service: Feels like a home away from home.
  • Clean and Comfortable Rooms: Essential after a day of adventure.
  • Affordable: Great value for the quality provided.

The Cons

  • Limited Dining Options: No on-site dinner service.
  • Nighttime Noise: This can be an issue for light sleepers.

My Recommendation for Enjoying This Stay

Pack earplugs for a good night’s sleep and plan to explore local eateries for dinner.

5# Eco Hostal Kuima: An eco-responsible attitude

Eco-hostel
Eco Hostal Kuima



Pros:
  • Good location & comfort
  • Variety of accommodation & family options
Cons:
  • Noisy road nearby
Where: El Zaino
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Why I Love This Hostel

I’m a big fan of Eco Hostal Kuima for its commitment to sustainability and the serene nature surrounding it. Its proximity to Tayrona National Park, just a 20-minute walk from the entrance, makes it a fantastic base for explorers and nature lovers alike.

The Pros

  • Eco-friendly practices that respect and preserve the local environment.
  • Unique and comfortable accommodations with options ranging from shared dorms to private rooms.
  • Excellent location near Tayrona National Park, making day trips convenient.
  • Friendly and helpful staff who go out of their way to ensure a pleasant stay.
  • Affordable rates without compromising on quality or experience.

The Cons

  • Located on a busy road, which can be noisy at times.
  • Limited dining options within immediate walking distance.
  • No ATMs in the area, so plan your cash needs accordingly.

My Recommendation for Enjoying This Stay

To make the most out of your stay at Eco Hostal Kuima, I recommend planning your meals and cash requirements in advance.

6# Eco Hostal Yuluka: An oasis nestled in the forest

Eco-hostel
Yuluka Eco Hostel
Pros:
  • Variety of accommodations with A/C & friendly staff
  • Nice pool with bar
Cons:
  • Road noise & few dishes on menu
Where: El Zaino
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Why I Love This Hostel

Eco Hostal Yuluka steals my heart for its commitment to sustainability and comfort, nestled only a few minutes by bus from Tayrona National Park’s entrance. It’s an ideal spot for eco-conscious travelers seeking proximity to natural wonders.

The Pros

  • Free WiFi and breakfast.
  • Air-conditioned rooms with a variety of accommodations.
  • Free shuttle to Tayrona National Park entrance.
  • The onsite bar and pool enhance the stay.
  • Friendly and helpful staff.

The Cons

  • Limited dining options nearby.
  • Potential noise due to its proximity to the road.
  • Dorms are very small.

My Recommendation for Enjoying This Stay

Bring earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.

7# Playa Brava Teyumakke: A little paradise on the beach

Remote hostel
Playa Brava Teyumakke
Pros:
  • Peaceful, welcoming atmosphere
  • Fresh produce on the menu
Cons:
  • 3-hour walk to get there
Where: Calabazo
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Why I Love This Hostel

I’m captivated by Ecolodge Playa Brava Teyumakke‘s unparalleled location and immersive nature experience. Imagine waking up to the sound of waves and having a secluded beach at your doorstep. It’s a mere 3 hours of hiking from Tayrona Park’s Calabazo entrance, offering an authentic adventure while staying close to the park’s heart. The peace and raw beauty here are unmatched, making it my top choice for anyone seeking serenity and connection with nature.

The Pros

  • Exclusive beach access provides privacy and stunning ocean views.
  • Immersive nature experience with eco-friendly beach cabins.
  • Exceptional staff create a welcoming atmosphere in a remote location.
  • Freshly prepared meals.

The Cons

  • Accessibility can be challenging due to the hike required.
  • Basic amenities and occasional insects due to the rustic, eco-friendly setup.

My Recommendation for Enjoying This Stay

To fully enjoy your stay, pack light but do include some essential hiking gear. Arrive early at the Calabazo entrance to make the most of the daylight and the serene beach awaiting you at Ecolodge Playa Brava Teyumakke.

8# Camping Tequendama Playa Arrecifes: Sleeping under the stars

Tents & hammocks
Camping Tequendama Playa Arrecifes
Pros:
  • Beautiful surroundings & friendly staff
  • Good food
Cons:
  • Access by foot & basic
Where: El Zaino
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Why I Love This Hostel

Perfect for adventurous travelers seeking a rustic retreat, These campsites offer direct access to stunning landscapes and beaches. Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the opportunity to disconnect and unwind amidst picturesque surroundings. Camping Tequendama Playa Arrecifes is located 8km away from El Zaino entrance, on the way to Cabo San Juan Beach.

The Pros

  • Scenic locations surrounded by nature.
  • Ample space and comfortable tents with essential amenities.
  • Friendly staff and convenient services available.
  • Delicious meals.

The Cons

  • Cleanliness concerns with shared facilities.
  • Accessibility challenges, including long walks from the park entrance.
  • Pricing of meals and accommodation may not align with some visitors’ expectations.

My Recommendation for Enjoying This Stay

Pack essential toiletries and prepare for rustic conditions. You can pick between hammocks and tents.

Tayrona Park beach horse

Now that you know my favorite hostels in Tayrona, here are a few useful tips to help you make your decision. After that, you’ll be able to start dreaming about your exploration of the Tayrona National Natural Park.

Where to stay in Tayrona

When planning your visit to Tayrona National Park, one crucial decision is where to stay to make the most of your experience.

Stay Inside the Park

For those who wish to wake up to the sounds of waves and wildlife, staying inside Tayrona National Park is a matchless choice. Three notable options come to mind: Castillete & Arrecife, Cabo San Juan, and Playa Brava. Camping Tequendama Playa Arrecifes offers a remarkable camping experience close to beautiful beaches, though be prepared as it’s more on the basic side. This is ideal for adventurers ready to embrace the park’s raw beauty. On the other hand, Ecolodge Playa Brava Teyumakke stands out for those seeking a tranquil escape in a more private setting. Surrounded by lush forest and near a secluded beach, it’s a perfect pick for solitude lovers.

Stay Around the Park

If you’re the type who prefers a comfortable bed and a hot shower after a day of exploration, staying around Tayrona National Park might be more up your alley.

Near the Calabazo entrance, Eco Hostal Kuima offers a peaceful retreat amidst nature, presenting a delightful balance of comfort and ecological consciousness.

Close to the El Zaino entrance, Eco Hostel Yuluka emerges as a top choice with its stunning outdoor pool and natural surroundings, providing an oasis to relax.

For those prioritizing ease of access and amenities, Hostal Antawara Tayrona and Journey Hostel Tayrona are fantastic options, offering cozy accommodations and the opportunity to meet other travelers.

The Valley Tayrona, known for its breathtaking views and serene environment, ensures a restful stay while Lodge Cacao Tayrona blends rustic charm with modern comforts, nestled amid verdant landscapes.

Noise from the main road

Journey Hostel Tayrona and Eco Hostal Kuima are closer to the main road, offering convenience at the expense of potential noise.

The Valley Tayrona presents a compromise with its valley location, providing some noise reduction.

Hostal Antawara Tayrona and Eco Hostel Yuluka have attempted to mitigate road noise through strategic design, but this may not suffice for very light sleepers.

Camping Tequendama Playa Arrecifes and Playa Brava Teyumakke within the park, offer an escape from road noise, favoring ocean sounds instead.

Accommodation Quality and Comfort

When I embarked on my Tayrona National Park adventure, I knew that where I’d lay my head at night was as crucial as the daytime explorations.

Choosing the right place to stay near Tayrona National Park is essential for a fulfilling adventure, with options ranging from private lodges like Lodge Cacao Tayrona, offering solitude and luxury, to communal hostels like Journey Hostel Tayrona, emphasizing shared experiences.

The level of privacy, range of amenities, and noise levels vary significantly across accommodations. While some may offer rustic charm and close proximity to nature, others focus on comfort and privacy.

It’s important to consider what priorities matter most—luxury or authenticity—and select a hostel that aligns with personal preferences, ensuring an enjoyable gateway into the natural beauty of Tayrona National Park.

Facilities and Services

When visiting Tayrona National Park, the amenities offered by accommodations can greatly enhance your experience.

Dining options range from hostels with onsite restaurants serving a variety of dishes to those requiring a search for nearby food options. Unique amenities such as free shuttle services (Eco Hostal Yuluka) to park entrances and engaging activities like pools and bars add value to your stay. The staff at various hostels can offer invaluable insights into less-known attractions of the park.

Additionally, sustainability practices implemented by accommodations like Eco-Hostal Kuima and Eco Hostal Yuluka, including waste reduction and water conservation, contribute positively to the environment and enhance guest satisfaction.

Pricing and Value

When visiting Tayrona National Park, the cost of accommodation can vary considerably depending on where you are staying. The further away the hostel is within the park, the more you’ll pay for your meals and room. The value for money will be lower, but you’ll enjoy the best scenery.

Preparation Tips

As someone who’s ventured into Tayrona National Park 4 times, I’ve gathered some essential preparation tips that’ll enhance your experience, especially when staying at hostels in or near the park.

Traveling lightly is essential when visiting Tayrona since many hostels are accessible only via treks that may involve steep climbs and river crossings. It’s important to pack compact, lightweight items. Essential gear includes comfortable, waterproof footwear due to varied terrains and earplugs for better sleep amidst minimal sound insulation and early jungle sounds.

Planning cash needs in advance is crucial as access to ATMs can be limited; carrying enough cash is necessary for entrance fees, transport, meals, and other expenses.

Familiarizing oneself with bus schedules from Santa Marta to Tayrona is also vital for efficient travel planning.

How to get to Tayrona from your hostel

The trip may vary depending on which entrance to Tayrona you wish to access and the location of your hostel. Options include:

  • Walking.
  • Stop a bus on the side of the road—they pass often.
  • Free shuttle offered by your hostel.
  • Moto-taxi or taxis.

In my journeys, being well-prepared has always been the key to a smoother and more enjoyable visit. So, to ensure your trip to Tayrona National Park is memorable, start early and plan ahead.

How to get to your hostel from Santa Marta

The local buses leave from the Mercado Municipal in Santa Marta (from 5 am to 5 pm) frequently throughout the day. The key is to inform the driver of the name of your hostel, ensuring they’re aware of where you need to get off. This step is crucial as the drop-off points can vary depending on your specific accommodation.

You’d better check your Google map. Last time, the driver dropped me off 1 km too far. And I had to walk back with my big backpack.

The best time to visit Tayrona

When planning a trip to Tayrona National Park, it’s essential to consider timing to avoid crowds—Tayrona is too famous for its own good.

Avoiding the high season (National holidays, 15/12 to 15/01) and weekends can lead to a more serene visit, as these periods see the highest number of visitors.

Additionally, be aware of the park’s closure times in February, June, and October for ecological restoration and indigenous rituals; checking the exact dates beforehand is advised.

walk along the beach Tayrona

Here are the answers to the questions you might be asking yourself when making your choice among the hostels near Tayrona National Park.

  1. Is it worth staying in Tayrona National Park?

    To fully enjoy Tayrona National Park, a stay of 2 nights (3 days) is recommended. This duration allows ample beach time and is economically sensible considering the entrance fee. Opting for shorter stays significantly diminishes the value of visiting due to the park’s entrance costs.

  2. Where can I find the best hostels near Tayrona National Park?

    The best hostels near Tayrona National Park include eco-friendly options like Lodge Cacao Tayrona and Eco Hostel Yuluka, which emphasize nature conservation. Budget options such as Journey Hostel Tayrona and Hostal Antawara Tayrona offer a welcoming and affordable stay. Ecolodge Playa Brava Teyumakke and Camping Tequendama Playa Arrecifes also provide unique experiences close to the park’s beautiful beaches.

  3. Can you stay inside Tayrona National Park?

    Yes, you can stay within Tayrona National Park, but only in designated areas. Cabo San Juan is a favored spot due to its beautiful beach and safe swimming conditions.

  4. Are there mosquitoes or other insects in Tayrona?

    Yes, there are mosquitoes and sandflies in Tayrona. I advise you to pack a good repellent.

  5. Is a yellow fever vaccination required for Tayrona?

    The yellow fever vaccine is required to enter Tayrona National Park, although I’ve never seen anyone check. However, I would advise you to get vaccinated, as Colombia is a tropical country; this vaccine is for life.

  6. Do I need to take malaria pills while staying in Tayrona?

    In my opinion, it’s not necessary to take malaria pills with you. Furthermore, the secondary effects (diarrhea) are not very pleasant. It’s up to you.

trail to Playa brava calabazo Tayrona

Choosing the right hostel in Tayrona National Park can make all the difference in your adventure. From eco-friendly lodges that merge seamlessly with nature to budget-friendly options that don’t skimp on the experience, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re drawn to the serene valley views, the easy beach access, or the thrill of camping under the stars, you’ll find your perfect base for exploring this natural wonder. Just remember to prepare for the little things—like sandflies—to ensure your stay is as enjoyable as possible.

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4 comments

  1. Sheila says:

    Hi,
    I have a question. If I am arriving at the airport into Santa Marta at 6pm (Sunsets at 6:20pm), do you suggest I book a hostel or hotel and go directly there instead of heading to the places that you suggest that are outside of the city and head out of SM the next day?
    THANKS!

    • th.espeute@gmail.com says:

      Hey Sheila!

      I believe the last buses leave around 7pm. Moreover, you could have to walk a bit if you pick a place around Tayrona. It’s not the best when it’s dark 🙂

      So yes , I would choose an hostel in Santa Marta for the night.

      Enjoy the Caribbean Coast!!

  2. Andrea Herrera says:

    Hello, Im arriving to Santa Marta around 11pm (we want to go to Cabo de Vela and Punta Gallinas next day) do you know if there is a public bus to go to Riohacha in the early morning? we want to start our journey around 4am. We want to go by ourselves, no tour here.
    Any recommendations for us?

    And your blog has been so useful! Thanks and keep going!!

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