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“2 nights in Cabo”

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
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Tayrona National Park and Beach Day Trip from Santa Marta
Ranked #1 of 68 things to do in Santa Marta
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This 37,000 acre ecotourism park includes reefs, beaches, mangroves and Tayrona Indian ruins.
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“2 nights in Cabo”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2012

We stayed 2 nights in Cabo. Whilst camping in tent is more expensive than in Arrecifes (25k COP pp), the site is a beach where you can actually swim. The woman at the counter (who will NOT let you check in before 2pm) is not the friendliest, but once you have passed her, beauty awaits you. The restaurant is also great value for money (from 10k to 20k COP) given the location, and the beach is awesome. Not many people as facilities are limited is also an added bonus. Showers not very intimate, you may want to keep your swimwear on!
Cabo is about 1.5 hrs walk from the entrance of the park. Taking a bus from Santa Marta to the park is easy and costs 6k COP. Entry to the park is a hefty 36k COP pp. Then a minibus takes you further in for 2k COP, and you can then choose to walk (as we did, 45 mins to Arrecifes, 1.5 hrs to Cabo), or to take a horse.

Visited August 2012
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Manizales, Colombia
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“Could be much better”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2012

It's really a tourist trap with no environmental controls. Better beaches further up the coast and south of Cartagena.

Visited August 2012
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Fairfield, Connecticut
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“One of the most beautiful natural sites in earth to this world traveler.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2012

One of the most wonderful places on earth where 20000' ice capped peaks descend into desert and semi-wet forests and then tropical beaches with the most diverse sands I've ever seen. Accommodations range from ++100 USD-2 USD. Attractions include very good hiking, good snorkeling, very good bird watching, Colombian party atmosphere, significant anthropological sites, beach parties, pool tables,beautiful bodies in thongs, local cuisine, (especially local chocolate bread!) and so much more. One of this world travelers most favorite places on earth!

Visited October 2011
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Beaches, Jungles, Mountains”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2012

I ended my Colombia visit at Tayrona, and this was quite fitting. If you're into nature and relaxation, you'll enjoy yourself. For that matter, if you're into hiking, the park will work fine for you as well--the park contains beaches, jungle, and mountains. I had 2.5 days there and could have got by with a day less, but then I would have missed the extra day that I took a longer hike to a more remote beach, so I don't regret that experience.

I slept in a hammock. For the money, this is a great option. The cabanas are way overpriced for the service you get. Hammocks suffice--relaxing and far cheaper--and I was awakened one morning by a monkey climbing on top of the hammock, so that was a bonus. Joint restrooms and showers were available close by. Small locker space was provided, but I kept my passport and valuables on me since I'd heard that theft is a strong possibility in this area.

There are a number of restaurants along the beach. The one I stayed at was a bit pricey, but there was a much more reasonably priced quality restaurant a couple hours away. Just talk with other campers to get tips on this.

Visited February 2012
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“Where to go at Tayrona Park?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2012

The park offers different options, for different travelers. If you like adventure, there are remote beaches for which you will have to hike 3-4 hours, or ride a horse, or take a small boat to take you there. In those beaches, you will have to camp in a tend or stay at one of the 2-3 hostels available in which you will sleep in a hammock. If you like easy like I do, stay in el Rodadero and pay for a day tour that costs between 17-35 USD per person. Stay away from guys offerring tours at the beach, as they will charge a comission and in case you have a problem is virtually impossible to find them. Go to a tourist office and ask what they have available. I did some online search and prices were crazy high, I assume as they offer the whole tour private so they cover the price of 20-30 people that could go in the bus. I did Playa Cristal, the nicest and easiest to reach. Bus picked us up at the hotel at 9 AM, drove us to the park (45 mins), paid the entry fee, and hired the boat service to take us to the beach (10 mins). At the beach any food/drink/entertainment cost was aditional as expected, lunch costs 15 USD, drinks 1.70 USD, snorkel gear and tour 17 USD. They took us back to the hotel at 5-6 PM.

Visited August 2012
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