The Caribbean Coast Sights


Parque Nacional Tayrona

Parque Nacional Tayrona Review

One of Colombia's most popular reserves, Parque Nacional Tayrona has forest-clad slopes, ancient ruins, palm-fringed beaches, and coral reefs, all accessible from the Santa Marta–Riohacha Highway. At Arrecifes, a 45-minute walk west of the parking lot along a slippery jungle trail, you can take nourishment at the rustic bars and restaurants with the hippies who inhabit the beautiful beaches nearby. Pueblito, an ancient Tayrona village that's being excavated, is a two-hour uphill hike from Arrecifes.

The park's eastern sector around Cañaveral is far greener. Get your bearings from the spectacular mirador (lookout), and then descend to inspect the giant sculptured monoliths on the beach, which lend something of a Planet of the Apes look to the scenery.

    Contact Information

  • Address: East of Santa Marta
  • Cost: Foreigners 21,000 pesos
  • Hours: Daily 8–5:30
  • Location: Parque Nacional Tayrona

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