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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

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Parque Tayrona - Cabo San Juan
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Tayrona National Park, Santa Marta Municipality 470007 Colombia
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Once you enter the Tayrona Park, you can hike in the foothills near Playa Cañaveral, at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Then visit the exotic beaches of Arrecifes and La Piscina, the latter of which is an ideal spot for swimming. Continue to Cabo San Juan, a windswept cove anchored by huge volcanic rocks. This incredibly picturesque route gives you a complete experience inside the National Park. During the hike, your guide will point out several species of flora and fauna. You'll have the afternoon free to enjoy lunch on your own and relax on the shore.
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Dutch0ven wrote a review Sep 2020
Kingsport, Tennessee17 contributions16 helpful votes
I've visited here several times and will show you how to do Tayrona in a single day for those who don't have more time to spend. #1 getting there. Bus (cheapest and longest route). Private car, most expensive. Taxi (slightly less than private car and they won't wait for you so you'll have to find a taxi up there when you leave). Rental car (my personal favorite). If you take a rental there is parking across the street from the entrance. They'll charge less than $10 (USD) for the day. #2 Get to the main entrance as soon as it opens. From Santa Marta it takes a solid hour driving. Possibly more, the traffic is terrible in some places. #3 Once you're there, go straight through the main gate, up the wooden steps and directly to the ticket window on your right. Sometimes they want to check your backpacks, if you're not directed to that bag check area, just keep walking to the ticket window. Have your passport and cash ready. The last time we went (Nov 2019) it was around $20 USD per person. #4 As soon as you have your arm bands, go to the main road and start walking towards to the park, there will be another person who checks your arm bands and receipt. HANG on to your receipt! #5 There will be a little bus waiting to take you to the trail head. It costs less than $1 USD and will save you 30-40 mins of hiking on the road. TAKE THE BUS! They will pack you in like sardines but it's well worth the time saved. #6 When you get to the trailhead get moving on the path. You're going to be hiking for the next 3+ hours to get to Cabo San Juan (that is the main picture you see for Tayrona, with the hut). This is the best place to swim and hang out. #7 Follow the path to Cabo San Juan. It's well marked and you're going to see incredible views along the way. It typically takes 3-4 hours hours with stops and picture taking. #8 Enjoy #9 Time to leave. There are only 3 ways to get home. Boat, horse, return hike. Boat will run you about $30 USD and will drop you off in the fishing town of Taganga. You can grab a taxi from that town back to Santa Marta. The boat ride is horrible, choppy and cold waters and you feel like you're going to die or they're going to leave you in one of the coves along the way. There are like 3 stops along the way. My wife and I did it and will NEVER do it again. If you want a true adventure, take the boat but I warned you. Hike back. 3 hours in, 3 hours out. Watch the clock or get stuck in the park. They will close the gates on you if you're not out on time. Third option; horse. My favorite is to take a horse back. The horse ride is about an hour and costs about $8 USD per person. You will want to get a horse sooner than later, they will run out of them if there's a lot of people going back, also if you drove up, you'll want to get back before sunset, driving back to Santa Marta in the dark is NO fun and dangerous. You just did Tayrona in a single long day. Target 12 hours. Up and out the door by 7:30a and back to the hotel about the same time. When you're done go to Ouzos for dinner. Best place in all of Santa Marta to eat.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Said_ wrote a review Aug 2020
Medellin, Colombia1 contribution
Okay the experience begins in the middle of the jungle and you have to walk seeing some beautiful landscapes and on the way you can buy coconut water if you feel like it when we get to the beach it is a very good landscape but if you walk more you will get to a better beach if you like adventure go there You have to come to Tayrona Park
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Date of experience: October 2019
John_smith110 wrote a review Mar 2020
Canada10 contributions9 helpful votes
The most crucial information; find a tour that includes all fees AND goes to Cabo San Juan. Most don't. You are picked up and dropped off at your door. The $40 USD fee is great value, as entry to the park, insurance and the 2 mile shuttle from the street entrance to the entrance of the trails are $25 USD on their own. Organizers gather your info, collect your passport, take care of all the ticketing and entrance for you; which is a massive convenience. Tayrona itself is paradise. The trails and foliage are amazing, and the beaches are incredible. You can hike from one end to Cabo San Juan in a little under 2 hours, but you will make a few stops along the way to take photos, and notably to swim at La Piscina, which is an incredible beach. You can sample freshly squeezed orange juice, drink out of coconuts, and purchase crafts from the indigenous park inhabitants. For $10 USD you can ride a portion of the hike on horseback. IF you look closely at all tour options available, which include speedboats, sailing and other tours, almost none of them stop in Cabo San Juan. This one does, along with La Piscina. If you do a web search of the best beaches in Colombia, Cabo San Juan is ALWAYS at the top of the list. 7 hours seems like a long time, but it is just the right amount of time to be able to hike, make stops and especially to enjoy the incredible beaches. If I could give this experience 6 stars I would. The park, the experience, the convenience and the value were all incredible.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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linda w wrote a review Mar 2020
28 contributions5 helpful votes
firstly getting there early is not good we arrived about 9am long queue already, go to desk to get compulsary insurance and wrist band, queued for 1hr 40mins to first window took details and because we were paying by cash then had to go to another window then back to first window to get another wrist band. we were told no cards in park which is why we had cash. then onto minibus pay again he goes when bus is full. The walk is interesting quite long to first beach, we went onto the next beach where you could then buy drinks and food. came back via the horse trail which was much quicker and saw three different types of monkeys and various birds.
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Date of experience: February 2020
goony51 wrote a review Mar 2020
Melbourne, Australia157 contributions74 helpful votes
Bit of queue (approx 1 hour) to get into the park. You have to queue to buy compulsory insurance, then to pay for entrance. Next you take a van to the start of the walk, you can choose to walk along the road for this portion but seems unnecessary. The walk itself was quite hot and sweaty but not challenging unless you are quite unfit. We were quoted 5 hours but reached our destination in 3.5 hrs at most. Choose to stay at Juan Pablo, where you have the option of hammocks or tents that are already set up. Large no. Of visitors that adds to the atmosphere but takes away from the serenity. Strong undercurrent so hard to stay in the water for too long, most people seemed to relax on beach reading a book, listening to music or chatting. There is single cafe on site for food/drinks which an adequate menu. There are also toilet and shower facilities. The breeze in the evening was very welcoming to allow sleep. You can pay for wifi and there is a charging station if you don’t want to detox from the electronics. Would be good trip with large group but if travelling solo/small group then bring a book etc to help pass time particularly on the beach/evenings.
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Date of experience: March 2020