Tayrona, Colombia

Tourism Tayrona, Colombia
Tourism Tayrona, Colombia

Take a taxi to the Tyrona National Park visitor center, and from there, travel on horseback along a dense jungle path, teeming with swinging titi monkeys.

You’ll soon emerge on Arrecife Beach, a crescent of cream sand, where the wild ocean crashes against huge boulders. This is a magnificent beach, but a dangerous place to swim. Follow a series of precipitous paths through the forest, over rickety bridges, and you’ll come to some calmer bays where you can submerge yourself in the Caribbean.

Despite a recent tourism boom, the infrastructure in Tayrona remains undeveloped, and you are unlikely to see many other visitors. The nearest town is Santa Marta, a half-hour drive away, and flights from Bogotá take just over an hour. There are some budget cabañas on the beach, and a more upmarket eco-resort in the mountains.

The Tayrona National Natural Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona) is a protected area in the Colombian northern Caribbean region and within the jurisdiction of the city of Santa Marta, 34 kilometres (21 mi) from the city centre.

The park presents a biodiversity endemic to the area of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range, featuring a variety of climates (mountain climate) and geography that ranges from arid sea level to 900 meters above sea level. The park covers approximately 30 square kilometres (12 sq mi) of maritime area in the Caribbean sea and approximately 150 square kilometres (58 sq mi) of land.

It was the second most visited national park in Colombia in 2019, with 458,755 visitors. Wikipedia

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