Tayrona, on the Eastern Caribbean Coast, is the most famous national park in Colombia. Colombians, Europeans, Americans… Everybody wants to add it to their itinerary in Colombia.
It is easy to understand how Tayrona became so famous among the traveling community.
It is easily accessible from Santa Marta
You don’t need a guide to visit it.
You can sleep in the park
The trails are clean, pleasant, and of easy to medium level depending on the itinerary.
There are long white sandy beaches with large palm trees.
The mixture of mountains, jungle, and sea is fascinating.
It’s a little paradise ideal for Instagram pics
Unfortunately, as a victim of its success, Tayrona Park is sometimes too crowded, and I can assure you that the experience will not be the same if hundreds of tourists surround you. Paradise is over!
But don’t panic my fellow traveler!!!! We have many tips and tricks on this page to help you.
Get back to the Park early. The Zaino entrance opens at 8 am and the Calabazo entrance opens at 6 am!
Walk more than the others. Everyone starts at the main entrance – El Zaino – because they want the easiest way to reach the famous beach of – Cabo San Juan. Start your hike by the Calabazo entrance and you won’t meet any other travelers.
Stay 2 or 3 days in Tayrona Park. We recommend the loop Calabazo – Playa Brava(night) – Cabo San Juan(night) – Zaino to our guests. 3 mind-blowing days.
The well-being of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is essential for the indigenous communities. The park is closed from 01/02 to 28/02, from 01/06 to 15/06 and from 19/10 to 02/11. Make sure to check it out, as the dates can change every year.
There are fantastic hotels between Playa Naranjos and Buritica. Take a look around to find your idyllic accommodation. The beaches are a little less beautiful during the rainy season (Oct – Nov; Tue – April) as some tree trunks are carried by the rivers.
So, are you ready for an exciting adventure in a great setting?
Articles about Tayrona you must read before coming:
Take any buses in the direction of Santa Marta and ask the bus to stop at Tayrona | 2h30
The Calabazo entrance is located further west than the main entrance El Zaino. You start a track at small “tiendas” and houses along the road. The hut that serves as the entrance is about ten minutes away on the track. From there, you can reach Playa Brava or Cabo San Juan depending on what you want to do. This is the entrance to the tranquility.
Entrance El Zaino?
The El Zaino entrance is the main entrance where all the transports will drop you off if you do not specify that you wish to enter by Calabazo. It is by far the most touristic one.
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Although you can stay in Santa Marta and leave early in the direction of the national park, I recommend you to stay closer to the entrances. We visited a bunch of them, and we are 100% seduced. Don't forget to let your big bag at the reception of your hotel, you don't need it in Tayrona ;)
Playa Los Naranjos is a secluded beach located next to Tayrona Park. It's a perfect location if you want to enjoy the beach before and after your expedition to the national park. It's 15 min away from the main entrance. All the establishments we have visited are astonishing and peaceful. Ask the bus driver to let you on the side of the road then take a moto-taxi. Hotels can also offer you private transportation options.
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