Tayrona

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:

 

How to get to Tayrona?   (+)

From Santa Marta to Tayrona:

 

From Cartagena to Tayrona: 

  • Door to door shuttle | Marsol | 5-6 hours

 

From Palomino to Tayrona:

  • Wait for a bus on the side of the road | 1 hour

 

From Minca to Tayrona:

  1. Take a jeep to Santa Marta and get off at the fuel station “La Bomba” | 35 min
  2. Wait for a bus to Tayrona | 1 hour

 

From Taganga to Tayrona:

  • Boat to Playa Cabo San Juan | 1h30

 

From Riohacha to Tayrona:

  • Take any buses in the direction of Santa Marta and ask the bus to stop at Tayrona | 2h30

Table of Contents

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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

    Yuluka

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

    Hotel

    Quetzal Dorado

    Fantastic view. Clean. Excellent value for money. Delicious food. Pool. Free shuttle.
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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

    Hostel

    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.
    Learn more
  • Arrecife

    Camping & hammock

    Arrecife

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

    Luxury

    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 on Los Naranjos Beach?

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.

  • Los Naranjos

    Ecohab

    Los Naranjos

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

    Villa

    Playa Tayrona

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

    Maloka

    Barlovento

    Gorgeous private cabins with excellent facilities. Top-notch views and delicious food.
    Get the best price

Our articles about Tayrona

We went 3 times in Tayrona National Park and we wrote about our travel experiences

Partners we recommend for the Sierra Nevada

Some local partners we have met, tested and approved during our stay around Tayrona.

  • Magic tour: Excellent local travel agency based in Santa Marta.

Where to eat & drink?

For us, good restaurants and exciting nightlife are important when traveling. We gathered our favorite picks on an interactive Map. Download the APP "Mapstr" and look for "Colombia Insider"!

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