Tayrona is the most well-known national park in Colombia. Colombians, Frenchies, Americans, everyone wants to add it in his Colombia itinerary.

It’s easy to understand why Tayrona became so famous among the traveler community.

  • Easy to access from Santa Marta
  • You don’t need a guide to visit it
  • You can sleep in the park
  • The trails through dense vegetation are easy
  • Long white sand beaches with tall palm trees
  • It’s a paradise
  • Perfect Instagram pictures #makeyourfriendsjealous

Unfortunately,  because of everyone falling in love with Colombia, Tayrona park can be overcrowded. And, let me tell you that the experience won’t be the same if hundreds of tourists surround you. #byebyeparadise

Dry your tears, my little friend, we’ve got many tips on this page to help you out.

  • Start early. Zaino opens at 8 am, and Calabazo opens at 6 am!
  • Hike more than the others. Everyone starts from the main entrance – El Zaino – because they want the most straightforward access to reach the most famous beach – Cabo San Juan. Hike from Calabazo, and you won’t meet other travelers.
  • Stay more days in Tayrona. We always recommend Calabazo – Playa Brava – Cabo San Juan – Zaino to our clients. 3 days. 
  • The welfare of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is essential for the indigenous communities. The park is closed on 01/02 to 28/02, 1 to 15 of June and 19/10 t0 02/11. Dates may change every year.


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Where to stay inside Tayrona

Most of the sleeping options are hammocks or tents in Tayrona. It's part of the experience ;). However, we found two options where you can have a bed. Don't bring your big bag!

  • Teyumakke



    In Playa Brava. Basic cabins or hammock. Isolated beach with few tourists. Strong current.
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  • Cabo San Juan

    Camping & hammock

    Cabo San Juan

    The most famous beach. Arrive early to pick your hammock or book it at the Zaino entrance.
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  • Arrecife

    Camping & hammock


    Closer to El Zaino Entrance. You can't swim. Fewer People and cheaper. 20 min from La Piscina.
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  • Ecohab Tayrona


    Ecohab Tayrona

    Luxury cabins, very expensive. Near the main entrance. You can't swim. I'm not a big fan.
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Where to stay near the park entrances

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 ;)

  • Yuluka

    Eco Hostal


    Our favorite hostel, with private cabins and dorms. Good restaurant. Excellent outdoors. Pool.
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  • Quetzal Dorado


    Quetzal Dorado

    Fantastic view. Clean. Excellent value for money. Delicious food. Pool. Free shuttle.
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Where to stay in Playa Los Angeles

Playa Los Angeles 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.

  • Los Naranjos


    Los Naranjos

    Excellent services and gorgeous surroundings. Pool. Bungalows. Tasty foods.
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  • Playa Tayrona


    Playa Tayrona

    Luxury habitations. Fantastic view and delicious food. Near the river and the beach.
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  • Barlovento



    Gorgeous private cabins with excellent facilities. Top-notch views and delicious food.
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