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Tayrona National Park and the Coast

An untamed piece of coastline that offers stunning beaches

Just 34 Kms from Santa Marta on the Caribbean coast, Tayrona National Park consists of 12,000 land and 3,000 marine hectares of protected area with diverse flora of mangrove swamps, thorny scrubland, cloud forests, corals and algae prairies. The climate is humid and tropical with rainy months May & June and September & November. Entrance to the park is via Neguanje, Calabazo, and Cañaveral, the latter is home to Eco-habs, which we like to recommend our clients as the only comfortable, and luxury alternative option to camping.

Far and away the best known of the national parks along this coastline, Tayrona is a stunning patch of untouched wilderness that was once home to the Tayrona tribe. Today there are only minimal signs of the early inhabitants and this area has now become a verdant playground for those after something a little different and more active for their beach time.

There are plenty of activities on offer such as horseback riding, birdwatching, trekking on archaeological stone roads and snorkeling. One thing to bear in mind is that food in the park is much more expensive due to the logistics and added cost of transporting supplies into the park.

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    At a glance... Tayrona National Park

  • Size: 150 square kilometres
  • Time: GMT -5
  • Recommended time: 3 days
  • Time to visit: From December to March and from July to August
  • Go here for: Nature and wildlife, walking
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