Camping in Tayrona National Park: The best spots

Camping in Tayrona National Park: The best spots
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You’re traveling on the Coast for your Caribbean Holidays, and you wish to go camping in Tayrona Park. You still don’t know yet if you have to sleep in Santa Marta or near the entrance of the park and more importantly, how you should organize your expedition in Tayrona National park.

Since I’m a kid, I camped many times with my family and friends – And I love the Crazy Uno games at night.

Let’s find out where you can stay in Tayrona National Park

Must read: Our travel guide to explore Tayrona

I) Short Answer: Camping In Tayrona National Park

  • You can bring your tent or rent one inside the park
  • It costs Around 10 – 15 000 COP per pers. with your tent
  • It costs Around 15 – 25 000 COP per pers. if you’re renting a tent
  • The places are more expensive In Cabo San Juan
  • Wilderness camping is prohibited
  • You’re not allowed to make fire

There are 6 areas where you can camp in Tayrona:

  • Camping in Bahia Concha
  • Camping Playa Brava
  • Camping in Cabo San Juan
  • Camping in Arrecife
  • Camping in Carñaveral
  • Camping in Castillete
Map Tayrona Colombia Park
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II) Where Can You Camp In Tayrona?

A] Camping in Bahia Concha – Tayrona

Bahia Concha is the closest beach from Santa Marta, just after Taganga. It’s another section of the national park and Colombians are going there to escape the crowd from Rodadero beach.

The clear water and the white beach provide a beautiful area for the camping lovers. However, it’s not the most exciting part of the park – But you won’t pay the same price either.

You have to bring your tent.

How to get to Bahia Concha (+)

  • You can book a taxi. It’s around 60 000 COP round trip

Prices Camping Bahia Concha (+)

  • 5 000 COP for the park entrance
  • 25 000 COP for the tent
Bahia Concha Camping in Tayrona
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Bahia Concha in Tayrona

Credit: @memocarrasco

For the next camps, you have to pay the regular Tayrona ticket (around 50 000 COP if you’re a foreigner)

B] Camping Los Castilletes – Tayrona

At the end of the dirty road – Where the shuttle drops you -, there is the camping the Castillete on your right. It’s a massive Finca where you can set up your tent and use the facilities.

Unfortunately, the currents are dangerous by there. It’s forbidden to swim. I don’t recommend you to book this accommodation in Tayrona park because it’s near the “2nd entrance”.

How to get to Los Castilletes (+)

  • You can take the shuttle at the park entrance (Zaino) – 3000 COP – or walk the 4 km. Then it will be on your right.

Price Camping Los Castilletes (+)

  • 15 000 COP per pers. with your tent
  • Between 15 – 20 000 COP per pers if you’re renting a tent
Camping in Tayrona Los Castilletes
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Camping in Tayrona Los Castilletes

Credit: @stevyuk

C] Camping Carñaveral – Tayrona

The camping in Carñaveral is “far” from the beach, but it could be a good option if you’re trekking for 3 days in Tayrona Park. There is a lovely walk called the 9 Piedras hike, unknown among the tourists as this part is less visited.

Still, you can’t swim (Too dangerous).

How to get to Carñaveral (+)

  • Walk 10 min after the 2nd entrance – where the shuttle dropped you – in the direction of Arrecife

Price Camping Carñaveral (+)

  • Around 15 000 COP per pers.
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View from the Trail “9 Piedras”

Credit: @lajc123

D] Camping Arrecife – Tayrona

In Arrecife, there are two camps, Don Pedro and Yuluka. The good point is there are no many tourists. It’s a little too far for the lazy wanderers, and you still have to walk 50 min to get to the highlight of Tayrona.

20 min away from Arrecife, there is a great beach called la Piscina where you can finally swim!

Also, I’ve heard you can make a bonfire and cook in Don Pedro.

How to get to Arrecife (+)

  • Walk 50 min after the 2nd entrance (where the shuttle dropped you)

Prices camping in Arrecife (+)

  • Don Pedro: Around 12 000 COP per pers. but you have to bring your tent
  • Yuluka: Around 15 000 COP per pers.
Camping in Tayrona Arrecife
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Arrecife

Credit: @yiscela.vilo

E] Camping in Cabo San Juan

Cabo San Juan is the FAMOUS beach in Tayrona park. Tourists are coming here by boat, horse or paragliding.

Because of it, the place can be crowded, especially on weekends, and travelers who are looking for peace and quietness could not appreciate it. However, the scenery is still extraordinary, and giant boulders protect the sea from the dangerous currents. You can swim!

I slept in a tent one night, and I got wet… So bring your tent if you wish to go camping in Tayrona Cabo San Juan 😉

How to get to Cabo San Juan (2 options) (+)

  • Walk from the 2nd entrance (where the shuttle dropped you): 2 hours
  • Or Boat from Taganga: 50 000 COP/ 1 h

Price camping in Cabo San Juan (2018) (+)

  • 35 000 COP per pers. with your tent
  • 40 000 COP per pers. if you’re renting a tent
Cabo San Juan Camping in Tayrona
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Cabo San Juan – The camping is behind me

F] Camping Playa Brava

Playa Brava is a secret beach, hidden from the ignorant. Between lush vegetation, raw landscapes and simple infrastructures, it’s the ideal place if you’re looking for authenticity – Without 10 tourists around taking a duck face selfie in bath suit.

Tourists are not going there as you have to hike a little mountain before going down to the beach. Also, you should stay 2 nights in Tayrona if you plan to get to Playa Brava.

How to get to Playa Brava (+)

  • Start from the secondary entrance – El Calabazo – and hike for 3 hours.

Price Camping Playa Brava (+)

  • Around 25 000 COP per pers.
Playa Brava Camping in Tayrona
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Playa Brava

Credit: @playabrava_tayrona

III) Information Camping In Tayrona

The Tayrona national park is a protected area. There are rules to follow, and you can’t do whatever you want to go camping in Tayrona.

First, wilderness camping is prohibited. You have to camp in one of the 6 sites cited below. It’s also forbidden to make fire.

The treatment of the trash can be a real problem when a park is visited a lot. Please bring back your garbages to the main entrance to help the maintenance of Tayrona.

Also, your bag will be checked at the main entrance. Alcohol and drugs are prohibited too. Moreover, to preserve Tayrona’s wildlife, pets are not allowed inside.

As it’s a humid zone, you will probably sweat a lot. I know some tourists have problems dealing with this climate. You can easily buy food and water bottles in the camps. It means you don’t have to carry a heavy bag. And please, let your backpack – a day bag is sufficient – in your previous hotel near Tayrona.

If camping in Tayrona is not your thing, there are hammocks available for the same price or even cheaper. 

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4 comments

  1. Niki says:

    Hi! You have to absolute best post on Tayrona! So I really want to start the Calabazo route and stay on Playa Brava but the accommodations are full of course. I read in your post you can camp in Playa Brava but is there a place that provides the camping gear or hammocks or this is a place you have to bring your own gear? Hope to hear from you soon!

    • Hey Niki!

      I know they have hammocks but I don’t think you can rent a tent there. The best would be to send them an email [email protected]

      They usually answer fast.

      You could write something like: Hola, me gustaria ir a playa brava para dormir una noche. Tienes hamacas disponible? Si no, es possible de aquilar una carpa? o hay que traer una? Gracias 🙂

  2. Matt says:

    Hey mate – great guide. Do you know where to find a map of the “zones” in the park? When trying to reserve park entry tickets in advance online, you need to choose from three zones in a dropdown menu – but a map of the zones seems to be impossible to find (we want to go to Playa Brava). Thanks!

    • Tom says:

      That’s weird. The entrance Neguange and Playa del Muerto are near Santa Marta so you won’t be able to access Playa Brava from there. And the Zaino is the name of the main entrance.

      To get to Playa Brava, you have to enter from the Calabazo Entrance. It’s a very small entrance with 1 guard and 1 plastic chair. I think you didn’t have to buy your ticket entrance. Just show up early at Calabazo entrance and hike to Playa Brava 🙂

      Maybe try to reach out the guys in Playa Brava, just to be sure. [email protected]

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