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Palomino is a town with a special character. The town itself is mainly a collection of houses near the main road. Here is where you can find the shops, bakeries, drugstores and restaurants in town. The real beauties of Palomino are the beaches, rivers and mountains. During your stay in Palomino, you may encounter indigenous people and local fishermen doing their daily work. This makes it an interesting destination for people who want to see the customs of the indigenous cultures of the Sierra Nevada.

Palomino has a long (approx. 5km) white beach with an average temperature of 28°C. You can also see the snow peaks of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta from the beach.

Please practice responsible/low impact tourism when you visit this magical, almost untouched place. Help us protect it.

Get in[edit]

You can arrive by public transport (bus, minibus and taxi) or private car.

By car[edit]

Take the main highway (90) from Santa Marta towards Riohacha. Palomino is located at KM72, about 1 hour.

By bus[edit]

Buses from Santa Marta to Palomino cost COP 8,000 (January 2015). They leave from near the "mercado" at the intersection of Calle 11 and Carrera 11. The approximate travel time is 1 hour 45 minutes. There are also buses running directly from the "Terminal de Transporte de Santa Marta" and passing by Palomino. Companies like "Copetran", "Expreso Brasilia, etc. for 15,000 COP (September 2015). You can wait for one of the buses at "La Bomba" if coming from Minca, but since they usually only leave when full there might not be space and it would have been quicker to just catch a bus back into town. You shouldn't have this problem if trying to get on from the highway outside Tayrona, since passengers get off there, leaving vacant seats.

By taxi[edit]

Taxis can be up to COP150,000 (Nov 2014) - be prepared to bargain - but the trip takes only 1 hour.

Get around[edit]

It is about a 20 minute walk to the beach from the highway, there will be plenty of mototaxis waiting at the bus stop to take you down for COP3,000.


  • Ecological walk into the Sierra Nevada.
  • Visit to indigenous communities.
  • Relax in a hammock overlooking the sea with a good book.
  • Horseback riding on the beach.
  • Tubing down the Palomino river to the ocean. As soon as you get off the bus, the motor taxi drivers will come and you can negotiate the price for the tube. Tube rental is about $10,000 pesos, but with a guide, it could range from $20,000 pesos to $30,000 pesos. You can get the mototaxi to drive you where you will start your hike. The hike takes 30 to 40 minutes hiking up and down the mountain, however it is not very strenuous. Although the hike 'can' be done wearing flip-flops (locals do it) it is recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes—especially sneakers. Make sure you bring a waterproof bag or backpack as you will be floating down the river with all your belongings and everything will get wet. Alternatively, leave anything that can't get wet in town. If you are staying in any hotel in town they can arrange the tubing for you. It is relaxing and fun.


The snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains while lying on the beach.


There are many restaurants along the beach, along the road to the beach and on the highway. The general rule is like anywhere - the closer to the beach you get, the more expensive. The Restaurants on the mainroad offer mostly local dishes for reasonable prices.

El Fogón is a small Restaurant at the end of the Mainroad (when coming from Santa Marta). One of the view Restaurants that offers good food, to reasonable prices. You get a really good Vegeterian Meal (includes soup and Lemonade) for 10,000, and a Fruitjuice for 3,000. The young owner loves Electro Music, so if you wanna escape the Latin Musik for a meal, eat there.

Arepa Rellena if you wanna try this traditional colombian dish a bit different, try this place. It is before the right hand gasstation (coming from Santa Marta) one block to the right. The owner is a very interesting young lady, that will make you also a great fruitjuice.


A beer or a coconut on the beach will both cost you about COP3,000.


There are many hostels that offers dorms, camping and hammocks (use their tents/hammocks or bring your own). Most of these are not on the main booking websites.


  • A Luna This little, familiar Hostel is the perfect Spot to relax. 3 Minutes walk to the Mainroad and 10 Minutes to the Beach, it is close to everything. With a super clean kitchen, bathrooms, hammocks you will feel at home. This house is an eyecatcher. Per Person it is 25,000 COP per night for the dormbeds, with shared bathroom. As a couple you can get a room with private bathroom for 35, 000 each per night. Or one of the dorms on your own, if you are lucky (one has a Matrimonial), for 25,000 each.
  • Palomino Soul is a small but really beautiful camping 3 minutes close to the beach. A little swimmingpool is in the centre of the spot. Tents you can get for 15,000 per Person. Hammoks for 10,000 (without moskito net). The owner is a extremly nice couple, who life there with you.

Get out[edit]

Buses leave frequently back to Santa Marta from the opposite side of the road to where you were dropped off. You can also get out at one of the entrances to Tayrona.



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