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
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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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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 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.
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We went 3 times in Tayrona National Park and we wrote about our travel experiences
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Magic tour: Excellent local travel agency based in Santa Marta.
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