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The popular Tayrona Park lies at the Caribbean coast near Santa Marta in Colombia. It has some of South Americas loveliest coastline. This little delightful spot is located about 30 minutes from the city of Rodadero, with beautiful beaches, hammocks to rent for the night, food, water and surf (be careful though, there is a strong riptide - experienced surfers only!). Additionally, you can get a guide to take you to a native village in the nearby mountains.

Taryona Coastline

Understand

History

speds live here

Landscape

Flora and fauna

Climate

Get in

From Santa Marta take the bus from the corner of calle 11 with carrera 11. It leaves when it is full and cost C$3.000. Ask the bus driver to drop you off at the park entrance, it's about one hour. From the park entrance it's another 4 kilometres to Cañaveral. You can either walk, take van for C$1.500 or try to hitch a ride.

A taxi from Santa Marta might be a alternative if you are with 3 or 4 persons

With a big number of persons it might work out cheaper to rent a boat from Santa Marta or Taganga. You get dropped off at one of the beaches and this way you avoid the entrance fee.

you can camp next to the main road in opposite the park entrance for 3000 per tent. ask at the store, where the bus drops you off.


Fees/Permits

The entrance fee is C$21.000 for foreigners and C$6.000 for Colombian citizens.

Take lots of food and water with you, it's incredible expensive inside the park (compared to col. standards). For example a can of coke is C$2500, beer C$3000 and a 5 litre bottle is C$6000.

Officially a yellow fever certificate showing vaccination at least 10 days earlier is required and sometimes it is enforced. The vaccination is free in clinics in Santa Marta.

Get around

See

A 60 minute uphill walk from El Cabo is El Pueblito. A archeological site simular to Ciudad Perdida only much smaller in size.

Do

From Arrecifes it's a 15 minute walk to La Piscina. A reef in front of the coast forms a natural swimming pool. It's safe to swim here.

Buy

Eat

Travelers can get food from the different native or local restaurants present in Arrecife, El Cabo and La PIscina. There is a variety of sea food, such as the tropical fish plate with rice and salad.

Drink

Sleep

Hammock Hut at El Cabo
A Sunset at El Cabo

From Cañaveral it's a 45 minute walk to Arrecifes. Here are some restaurants and places to sleep. A hammock cost C$6.000 per night and a cabaña for 2 cost C$81.000. It prohibited to swim in the sea near Arrecifes due to the danger of strong riptides.

Another 30 minute walk is El Cabo. One of the most popular spots to stay the night. There are hammocks for rent (C$6.000 - C$12000, depending on whether its tourist season) and a camping area. There is also a restaurant, serving expensive but safe and tasty food. There is only electricity few hours a day and the bathrooms are basic. At night it might get busy which takes away the place charm, but at daytime you find most beaches almost deserted.

Stay safe

Get out

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