Essential Tayrona Park Guide – Everything You Need to Know

Tayrona Park - Cabo San Juan

Everyone talks about Tayrona Park when visiting Colombia, and you’re most likely planning your trip now to visit this natural haven that seamlessly blends lush tropical landscapes with pristine beaches 🌿

I’m here to be your guide, your companion, as you plan your trip to Tayrona Park.

Whether you’re a nature lover, an adventure seeker, or simply someone looking for quieter times to relax, Tayrona has something for you to look forward to. Join me as I guide you through the best times to visit, explore the various itineraries, and share the hidden gems that will make your trip truly special.

Let’s make your journey to Tayrona National Park an unforgettable part of your Colombian trip! 🌺✨

Best Time to Visit Tayrona Park

Tayrona Park welcomes visitors throughout the year, each season offering a distinct experience.

Quietest Periods
March and mid-November are the quietest times, though expect some humidity and rain.

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Rainy Season 
Experience rain from April to May and September to November. October marks the wettest month, while February is the driest.

Peak Tourist Season 
December to March sees increased tourist activity, especially in December, January, and June-July during student summer breaks.

In this season, entrance gates are packed right at opening. When hiking back to my accommodation at Arrecifes, there was an endless queue of crowds heading back to the entrances to come in droves closer to 5pm.

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By the time it hit 5pm, all day trippers are mostly gone but Cabo San Juan is still very crowded from people staying overnight. You can expect to see over 300 tents sprawled on the beaches!

Special Considerations 
Semana Santa, a 7-day period in early April, attracts a significant number of local and regional tourists.

🤓 Pro Tips

  • Purchase tickets in advance from the park’s website during peak periods to secure entry.
  • Opt for weekday visits over weekends for a more serene experience.
  • The park is closed from February 1 – 15 for regeneration, following a request from the Kogi people.
  • Additional dates were added as part of the #RespiraTayrona national campaign, and these are from June 1- 15 and October 19 – November 2

How Long to Stay in Tayrona Park?

I’d recommend staying at least one night in Tayrona Park to explore the highlights of the park and immerse yourself in it. This allows you to take leisurely strolls along pristine beaches, embark on adventurous hikes, and connect with the serene ambiance.

However, if time allows, extending your stay to two or three nights would offer a more relaxed pace, ensuring you don’t miss out on any other gems within the park

Recommended Itineraries at Tayrona Park

There’s plenty of ways to plan out a trip to Tayrona Park. But I would strongly recommend staying for at least one night at Tayrona Park to fully enjoy what it has to offer.

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Day Trip (1 day) Tayrona Park Itinerary

Begin your adventure by spending the night before at a comfortable hotel in Santa Marta. If you’re taking this itinerary, I would highly recommend staying at The Dreamer because they have shuttles to drop you off right at El Zaino.

Rise early around 6:30 – 7:00 am and catch a bus, and get dropped off at the El Zaino entrance.

Hike to Cabo San Juan, savoring lunch under palm trees amid the breathtaking surroundings, including La Piscina and the beaches.

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Take time to relax and swim in the crystal-clear waters.

As the day winds down, you can consider exploring other nearby spots, like Playa Nudista or Playa Brava but this means that you’ll spend less time admiring Cabo San Juan.

Conclude your day with a hike back to the El Zaino entrance or opt for a boat ride to Taganga around 4 pm, enjoying the scenic coastal views.

Two Day or Overnight Tayrona Park Itinerary

Start on an early hike from the Calabazo entrance to Playa Brava, and relish the lack of crowds in this route.

Spend the day at Playa Brava, exploring its unique charm and perhaps trying some beachside activities like snorkeling. As evening approaches, you can set up a campfire and enjoy a peaceful night under the stars.

Wake up early the next day to hike to Cabo San Juan. Along the way, discover the hidden gems of the park, such as the impressive Playa Gayraca. Some people prefer this over Cabo San Juan because it’s much more quiet.

Arriving at Cabo San Juan, enjoy lunch and explore the iconic hammocks overlooking the turquoise sea. Continue your journey to El Zaino around 3 pm, ensuring a timely arrival before nightfall.

Consider visiting the nearby Arrecifes Beach for a different coastal experience.

Three-Day Tayrona Park Itinerary

Start your three-day visit from the Calabazo entrance. Hike to Playa Brava, where you’ll stay overnight amidst nature’s embrace. You’ll have plenty of time to spot and observe wildlife along the way.

On the second day, rise early and hike from Playa Brava to Cabo San Juan. Secure a hammock for the night and explore the surrounding beaches, such as Playa Figueora or La Piscinita. You can lounge around Cabo San Juan or try out the other nearby beaches.

If you’re still feeling up for the adventure, embark on the 9 Piedras trail, a one-hour hike offering panoramic views of the coast and an opportunity to connect with the local culture.

End your three-day trip by heading in the direction of El Zaino, stopping by the charming Castilletes Beach on your way out.

How to Get to Tayrona Park

Tayrona National Park is conveniently located just 34 kilometers from the popular coastal city of Santa Marta. Visitors can easily reach the park by road, taking approximately one hour by car.

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Map of most popular travel routes to Parque Tayrona

There’s also a more scenic route through boat services from nearby coastal towns. Upon arrival, an entrance fee is required, and it’s essential to familiarize yourself with the park’s regulations and obtain any necessary permits for specific activities.

Those seeking a more scenic route can take boat services that are available from nearby coastal towns.

For most, the route goes from Santa Marta.

From Santa Marta

Your journey from Santa Marta offers a straightforward route to Tayrona National Park. Opt for the budget-friendly bus ride, costing $9000.

I recommend departing at 6:30 am to ensure ample time at the park entrance, which opens at 8 am. Avoid later departures to steer clear of long lines forming at the entrance booth around 10 am.

Alternatively, if you’d like to get there faster and skip the waiting, motobike rides are available at $60,000.

From Minca

Take a bus from Minca to Santa Marta, costing 10,000 COP. Request to be dropped off at Mercado Central, and from there, arrange a 9,000 COP bus ride to reach Tayrona Park.

If you’re looking for a more direct option, motobike rides are also available at a cost of $70,000

From Cartagena

You can read about the variety of options available to get from Cartagena to Santa Marta. It will be around 5 hours of travel time from Cartagena.

From Santa Marta, you can take a bus as described above.

From San Gil

Reach Tayrona from San Gil is a long journey.

The quickest option is to opt for a bus to Bucaramanga and then catch a flight to Cartagena or Santa Marta.

However, if you prefer a more traditional approach, a 12-hour bus ride is available, though I don’t recommend it because of the length of travel time.

From Palomino or Riohacha

Both Palomino and Riohacha offer routes to Tayrona. Hop on a bus headed towards Santa Marta and disembark at the park entrance.

Prices vary, with the journey from Palomino costing COP $8,000 and from Riohacha 10,000 COP.

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From Costeno or Mendihuaca Beach

Your journey from Costeno or Mendihuaca Beach follows a similar pattern. The same bus originating from Palomino passes through Costeno and Mendihuaca, offering a a short 25 minute ride at 4,000 COP.

Enjoy the scenic ride as you make your way to Tayrona National Park.

Where is the Entrance to Tayrona Park?

When researching about Tayrona, I was a bit intimidated because there’s so many ways to explore the park.

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Map of most popular walking routes inside Tayrona National Park, with approximate walking durations included

Tayrona is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Just remember, the last call to enter is at 4:00 pm for El Zaíno and 2:00 pm for Calabazo.

Tayrona Park Access Road

El Zaíno (by road)

El Zaíno is the main entrance that most folks go for. It’s about an hour from Santa Marta, maybe a bit more if you’re taking the bus.

Once inside, you’ve got two options: walk for about 30 minutes to kick off your adventure or hop on a shuttle for a small fee (around COP $5,000).

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This shuttle is a good choice for those who are there for a day trip – it saves your energy and time for the fun part.

From El Zaíno, you can reach different beaches like Arrecifes in 1.5 hours, La Piscina in 2 hours, and Cabo San Juan in less than 2.5 hours.

Calabazo (by road)

Calabazo is like the hidden gem, less crowded and more adventurous. It’s perfect if you like hiking, don’t mind a bit of rough ground, plan to stay a few days, or want to encounter more of Colombia’s wildlife.

A 3.5-hour hike from Calabazo takes you to Playa Brava, and in less than 4 hours, you can reach Cabo San Juan.

Don’t forget your essentials – good shoes, water, sun protection, mosquito repellent, and snacks — because there’s not much shops on the way to your accommodations.

Oh, and start early because this entrance closes at 2 pm.

Cabo San Juan (by speedboat)

Feeling a bit fancy? You can take a speedy boat from Taganga.

They usually set off between 9:30 AM and 11 AM, costing around 50,000 COP for a 45-minute ride.

They drop you off at Cabo San Juan Beach and swing by again around 4 PM, giving you some flexibility to head back to Taganga.

Palangana (road and boat)

Palangana is one that is least talked about. Mostly because it’s tour groups that go through this entrance and it’s pricier to go through it.

To get there, you need drive towards Autopista Troncal del Caribe, to the Guajira. From there, you should see a petrol station approx. 20 minutes from the North of Santa Marta.

Opposite the petrol station, is a road on the left which will take you to the entrance of Palangana. (The petrol station is 1 kilometer before the toll booth) The actual Palangana entrance to the park is found approx. 5km from the turning at the petrol station. This entrance will allow you to visit the beaches of Neguanje, Playa Cristal, Bahía Gairaca and Playa Siete Olas. You can also travel by boat to Bahía Cinto.

How Much are Entrance Fees to Tayrona Park?

For foreigners, it’s 66,000 COP during the high season and a slightly cheaper 56,000 COP outside the peak times.

Yep, it might seem a bit pricey, but trust us, it’s worth it, especially if you’re planning to soak up the Tayrona vibes for more than just a day.

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Now, let’s talk overnight adventures. For a peaceful night under Tayrona’s starry sky, there’s an extra insurance tag of 12,000 COP.

That’s 6,000 COP (that’s around $1 USD) per person per day.

What to Bring to Tayrona Park

Here’s a friendly heads-up on what to pack to make your journey smooth under the Colombian sun.

1. Passport and Cash – the most essential of all essentials 
Let’s start with the big guns. Your passport is your VIP pass, and cash is king here since there are no ATMs in the park. Keep ’em safe and secure, and you’re all set for hassle-free exploring.

2. Comfortable Shoes for Hiking – Happy Feet, Happy Explorer 
Tayrona’s trails are calling, so slip into your comfiest hiking shoes. Trust us; happy feet make for an even happier explorer.

3. Flip-Flops – Beach Strolls Await 
When the trails lead to sandy shores, flip-flops are your go-to for those carefree beach strolls. Slip ’em on and feel the sand between your toes.

4. Bathing Suit
Tayrona boasts of stunning beaches. Don’t forget your swimsuit – the crystal-clear waters are too inviting to resist.

5. Reusable Water Bottle – Hydration Hero 
Stay hydrated like a champ. Bring a reusable water bottle; it’s not just eco-friendly but a lifesaver under the Colombian sun. Bring at least 1.5L for the first day

6. Warmer Clothes for Chilly Nights 
If you’re bunking in an exposed hammock or camping, toss in some warmer clothes. Trust us; Tayrona’s nights can get surprisingly chilly especially you take the hammock at Cabo San Juan

7. Light, Long-Sleeved Shirts – Bug-Beating Fashion
Fashion meets function. Light, long-sleeved shirts, especially in comfy linen, are your shield against any bug buddies you might encounter.

8. Sun Protection (Sunscreen, Hat, Sunglasses) 
The Colombian sun is no joke. Arm yourself with sunscreen, a stylish hat, and sunglasses for that extra flair while keeping sunburn at bay.

9. Rain Jacket (During Rainy Season) – Weather-Proof Cool
If your Tayrona escapade aligns with the rainy season, a trusty rain jacket is your superhero against unexpected showers.

10. Mosquito Repellent and Allergy Medication – Bug Bite Be-Gone
Keep the bugs at bay with mosquito repellent. Toss in some allergy meds if those bites tend to be more than a minor annoyance.

11. Snacks (Cereal/Granola, Fruit, Canned Food)
Stay fueled and ready for anything with a stash of snacks. Cereal, granola, fruit, and canned goodies – pack your favorites. It gets pricey inside with meals at around 25,000 COP

12. Headlamp or Flashlight 
For those camping nights or late beach strolls, a trusty headlamp or flashlight is your guiding light. Literally.

13. Toilet Paper and Personal Hygiene Products – Necessities Covered 
Keep it practical with essentials. Toilet paper and personal hygiene products ensure you’re prepared for anything nature throws your way.

14. Dry Sack or Ziplocks – Keep it Dry, Keep it Safe 
Protect your gear from unexpected splashes or rain. A dry sack or ziplocks are the unsung heroes of any adventure.

So, there you have it – your personalized packing guide for a Tayrona escapade. Ready, set, pack, and get ready to soak in the wonders of this Colombian paradise! 🌴✨

Where to Stay in Tayrona Park

Accommodations inside and outside Tayrona Park are plentiful, and it’s just a matter of picking out your itinerary and everything else should be easy

Santa Marta

Among all hostels in Santa Marta, there’s really only one hostel that I would recommend for you to stay if you intend to go to Tayrona National Park the next day.

The Dreamer Santa Marta

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The Dreamer Hostel in Santa Marta offers a serene retreat with an outdoor pool, garden hammocks, a kitchen, and a small bar with a pool table. Rooms feature free Wi-Fi, with options for shared or private bathrooms, some including bathtubs. The hostel is strategically located near Tayrona Ecological Reserve and Sierra Nevada mountain range, offering tours to the main beaches, Lost City, and diving activities.

Have I also mentioned that they have shuttles to Tayrona that leave everyday? They can also store your bags free of charge!

Outside Tayrona Park – El Zaino

Here are two of the most recommended places to stay that’s close to the El Zaino entrance.

Recuerdos Del Tayrona

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It is one of the closest hostels to Tayrona Park’s El Zaino entrance, and it’s great for those who want to have their own private room

Hostal Recuerdos del Tayrona, located just 656 feet from Tayrona Park, offers pet-friendly accommodations with free private parking. Each room features a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a shower, while some units include a seating area.

Guests have access to a shared kitchen on-site. Conveniently situated between Santa Marta (20 mi) and Taganga (19 mi), the hostel provides easy access to nearby attractions.

Valley Tayrona Hostel

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If you’re looking for dorm beds though while being near to the El Zaino entrance, Valley Tayrona Hostel is a better option.

The Valley Tayrona Hostel offers a unique nature experience in El Zaino with an outdoor pool, garden, and terrace. Featuring rooms with mountain views and balconies, it provides free WiFi and a paid airport shuttle service.

Guests can enjoy diverse cuisine options including African, American, and Argentinian dishes, with vegetarian, dairy-free, and halal choices available.

Inside Tayrona Park – along Tayrona Access Road

These hotels are right inside the park but they’re located even before the parking lot near Cañaveral Beach, so there is still some walking involved before you even hit the playas.

Eco Hostal Yuluka

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Eco Hostal Yuluka offers eco-friendly accommodations adorned with thatched roofs and exposed-brick walls. Rooms feature large windows, plasma TVs, and scenic garden views. Some include private bathrooms with hot water and hammocks. The hostal boasts an outdoor pool, an on-site restaurant, and complimentary breakfast and parking.

Conveniently located 2 miles from Cañaveral Beach, and just a 10-minute drive to Cocos Beach and Tayrona Natural Park, this eco-friendly retreat provides a tranquil base for nature enthusiasts exploring Tayrona’s stunning landscapes.

Hotel Jasayma Parque Tayrona

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Located within Tayrona Park’s lush rainforest and mountains, Hotel Jasayma offers a retreat close to nature. Compared to other hotels along the access road, Hotel Jasayma offers simpler facilities.

Nonetheless, their suites with balconies offering stunning mountain views of the park, plus the hotel provides room service and complimentary American and regional breakfast. Guests enjoy free WiFi and solar energy. The Tortuga de Fuego Restaurant serves a delightful blend of regional and international cuisine.

With the advantage of being located inside the natural reserve, guests only pay the entrance fee once, making it an economical choice. Laundry services are available, and free private parking is provided.

Inside Tayrona – Cabo San Juan

Securing accommodations at Cabo San Juan within Tayrona National Park involves a straightforward process. Visitors can choose between camping or reserving a hammock or cabin at the park’s entrance upon arrival.

It’s advisable to plan and book in advance, especially during peak seasons, to ensure availability.

Keep in mind that the demand for Cabo San Juan accommodations can be high, so early reservations contribute to a smoother and more enjoyable stay in this idyllic corner of Tayrona.

Inside Tayrona – Playa Arrecife

Of all the areas to stay within the park, I would highly recommend staying in Playa Arrecife especially if you prefer to avoid the large crowds at Cabo San Juan. This is where I stayed and I have zero regrets in picking a place that is quiet and close enough to the best beaches inside Tayrona

Cabanas Arrecifes

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Ecohabs Arrecifes offers an exceptional way to immerse in the park’s magic.

Six ecological cabins, each accommodating up to 5 persons, boast independent bathrooms, hammocks, and balconies with forest views. Located in the Arrecife sector, a 45-minute walk unveils captivating landscapes.

The cabins feature two levels with a terrace, hammocks, and beds downstairs, while upstairs offers an extra double bed, single bed, and balcony. The on-site restaurant operates from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM, serving delectable dishes.

Ecohabs Arrecifes stands as a prime eco-friendly accommodation to explore Tayrona’s exotic beaches and attractions.

Tequendama Playa Arrecifes

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Discover a serene lodging experience at Playa Arrecifes within Tayrona National Park. They provide 100 camping sites with communal bathrooms.

For a unique stay, there is also the option to get hammocks, which will allow you to immerse yourself in the park’s beauty. Each hammock comes with a mosquito net, access to communal bathrooms, and a locker with an electrical outlet for charging your devices.

WiFi is available in common areas, and our restaurant serves regional delights for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, complemented by a bar for drinks and snacks.

Inside Tayrona – Playa Brava

Playa Brava is one of the more secluded places to stay within Tayrona National Park. If you’re in it to fully relax, the ecolodge is a great option but camping options are also available. You’ll just need to email the national park for more information.

Ecolodge Playa Brava Teyumakke

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Discover tranquility at Brava Teyumakke Beach Ecolodge, found in the heart of Tayrona National Natural Park.

Surrounded by pristine mountains and virgin forests, the lodge provides a secluded retreat, escaping mass tourism amidst lush nature.

Accessible through Calabazo, a village on the Caribbean trunk road, it offers beachfront bungalows, a practically private beach, and a natural waterfall a short walk away.

Guests enjoy access to other beaches within Tayrona, making it an ideal haven for nature enthusiasts.

Inside Tayrona – Cañaveral & Castilletes

Playa Cañaveral is the closest beach to the parking lot, and the hike from this beach to the other beaches are very scenic. Like most of the playas, camping options are available at around COP$ 24-30,000 upon inquiry to the national park.

Eco Habs Tayrona

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Set in El Zaino, just 700 meters from Castilletes Beach, Ecohabs Bamboo Parque Tayrona offers a peaceful base within the Tayrona National Park.

This 4-star hotel features a garden, free private parking, and a terrace. The air-conditioned rooms, equipped with free WiFi and private bathrooms, provide a comfortable retreat. Guests can enjoy room service, a concierge service, and currency exchange. Each room is furnished with a kettle, and bed linen and towels are provided. Buffet and American breakfast options are available.

The hotel offers a hot tub, darts, and hiking opportunities.

Top 10 Things to Do in Tayrona Park

Trail Running Adventure
I was so surprised to find so many trail runners on my hike towards Cabo San Juan.I can see why though, the trails are rugged but not too rugged to run on.From challenging paths to scenic routes, this is trail running like never before.

Snorkeling Adventures at La Piscina and Cabo San Juan 
Explore vibrant marine life at La Piscina and Cabo San Juan, where the crystal-clear waters show you a world of mesmerizing beauty underwater. You can spot some giant brain coral, stonefish, and lionfish if you’re lucky!

Grab your snorkel gear for COP$30,000 per hour (or COP$50,000 if you go with an instructor) and dive into the underwater wonders of Tayrona. You can rent right at the beaches or book in advance.

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9 Piedras Trail: Uncover Hidden Gems 
This tranquil hike, about an hour long, provides an escape into the eastern cliffs of Tayrona National Park. Unlike some of the more popular routes, this trail doesn’t lead to beaches.

The trail is adorned with nine symbolic stones, each carrying significance in the Kogui culture. These stones are more than just geological formations; they hold cultural and spiritual meaning for the indigenous people of the region. Take your time to appreciate the unique energy and stories associated with each stone.

Remember to carry water and snacks as it gets hot and humid during this hike.

Explore Beautiful Beaches at Your Own Pace 
Tayrona is a treasure trove of stunning beaches. From the vibrant Playa Brava to the serene Arrecifes, take your time to explore each sandy haven.
Bask in the sun, take a dip, and rejuvenate.

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Hiking and Wildlife Observation 
Put on your explorer hat and venture into the heart of Tayrona. As you hike through lush trails, keep your eyes peeled for glimpses of Colombia’s diverse wildlife.

Howling monkeys, tortoises, and iguanas teem the areas. Although hope that you do not encounter any jaguars, they wander the forests in the evening.

Diving into Underwater Marvels
Tayrona boasts 22 dive sites just off its coast. Dive into the depths and discover a world of underwater marvels, from vibrant coral reefs to a diverse array of marine species.

Cultural Encounters with the Indigenous Kogi People
Immerse yourself in Tayrona’s rich history by engaging with the indigenous Kogi people.Learn about their traditions, stories, and the deep connection they share with this sacred land.

Savoring Local Cuisine at Cabo San Juan
While food is more expensive when compared to outside of Tayrona, it really can’t get fresher than what you get in here.From local delicacies to refreshing beverages, savor the flavors of Colombia as you relax under the palm trees.

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Pro tip: Try the fresh seafood for a true coastal treat!

Relaxing Hammock Time by the Beach
Unwind in true Caribbean style by renting a hammock at Cabo San Juan.Let the gentle swaying lull you into a state of utter relaxation. With the sound of the waves as your soundtrack, it’s the perfect way to recharge.

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Sunset Serenity at Castilletes
Catch the shuttle to Castilletes and witness the sun bidding farewell over the tranquil sea.The serene beaches of La Piscina and Cabo San Juan are just a leisurely walk away, offering the perfect vantage points for a breathtaking sunset.

🙅🏽‍♀️ There’s also horseback riding that gives you a good view of the coast, but I wouldn’t recommend taking them. These horses has to go through some rocky terrain that are not well-suited for horses

Whether you’re sprinting through the trails or leisurely strolling along the beaches, Tayrona welcomes every pace with open arms. 🏃‍♂️🌿🌅

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When is the best time to visit Tayrona National Park?

Tayrona National Park welcomes visitors year-round, with each season offering a unique experience. The quietest periods are in March and mid-November, but it’s essential to plan for some humidity and rain during these times. The rainy season occurs from April to May and September to November. Peak tourist season is from December to March, with the busiest months being December, January, and June-July. Semana Santa in early April attracts local and regional tourists.

Are there specific entrance fees, and how much do they cost?

Entrance fees for international visitors are 66,000 COP in high season and 56,000 COP outside the high season. An additional insurance fee worth 12,000 COP is required for an overnight stay, costing 5,000 COP per person per day.

What are the park’s opening hours, and are there restrictions on entry times?

The park’s opening hours are 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, with the last entry at 4:00 pm at the El Zaíno entrance and 2:00 pm at the Calabazo entrance.

Can I book tickets in advance, and how do I do that?

Tickets can be purchased in advance from the park’s website, especially recommended during peak tourist periods. This ensures entry even if visitor numbers are capped on crowded days.

Are there accommodations inside the park, and how can I make reservations?

Accommodations are available both inside and outside the park. Inside, options include Cabo San Juan, Playa Arrecifes, Playa Brava, Castilletes, and Canaveral. Reservations can be made directly through the respective providers or by contacting them through platforms like Instagram or Whatsapp.

What are the different entrance points to the park, and which one is recommended?

There are primary entrances like El Zaíno (by road) and Calabazo (by road), each offering a unique experience. El Zaíno is the main entrance, while Calabazo provides a more trekking-oriented route. Both have their advantages, and the choice depends on preferences and time.

Are there guided tours available, and how can I join one?

Yes, guided tours are available, and visitors can join them through various tour operators or agencies in Santa Marta. These tours often include transportation, guides, and sometimes meals.

What activities can I do inside Tayrona National Park?

Activities inside the park include hiking various trails, horse riding, snorkeling at La Piscina and Cabo San Juan, exploring beautiful beaches, observing wildlife, and even diving with 22 dive sites off the coast.

Is it safe to swim at the beaches inside the park?

Not every beach is suitable for swimming, so it’s essential to inquire about swimming conditions at each specific beach. Safety should be a priority, and caution is advised.

What should I pack for my visit?

Essential items to bring include a passport, cash (no ATMs in the park), comfortable shoes for hiking, flip-flops, a bathing suit, a reusable water bottle, warmer clothes for cooler nights, light, long-sleeved shirts to repel bugs, sun protection (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), a rain jacket if visiting during the rainy season, mosquito repellent, snacks, a headlamp or flashlight, toilet paper, personal hygiene products, and a dry sack or ziplocks to keep possessions dry.

Are there restrictions on photography, and are drones allowed?

Photography is generally allowed, but it’s advisable to respect the natural environment and cultural sites.Drones may have restrictions, and visitors should check with park authorities for the latest regulations.

Can I bring food and drinks into the park?

Yes, visitors can bring their own food and drinks into the park. However, it’s essential to follow Leave No Trace principles and carry out any waste.

What wildlife can I expect to see, and are there any safety precautions?

Tayrona is home to diverse wildlife, including birds, butterflies, and small mammals. While encounters are possible, it’s crucial to maintain a safe distance and not feed or disturb the animals.

What’s the significance of the park’s closure in February, and are there other closure periods?

The park is closed from February 1 – 15 for regeneration, respecting the request of the Kogi people. Other closure periods include June 1-15 and October 19 – November 2 as part of the #RespiraTayrona campaign.

Can I purchase tickets at the park entrance, or is online booking mandatory?

While tickets can be purchased at the park entrance, online booking is recommended, especially during busy periods, to secure entry and avoid potential long queues.

Are there lockers at the entrance?

Yes, they charge 10,000 COP per day. If you stay overnight, it’s 20,000 COP

Is there laundry at entrance?

Yes, the same folks providing lockers and provide laundry service

Can we just drive straight to the campsites?

No, driving into the park to the campsites is not possible. Visitors must stop at the parking lot near Cañaveral, and from there, alternative transportation or hiking options are available to reach specific campsites within the park.

How do I book a hammock in Cabo San Juan?

Hammocks in Cabo San Juan can be booked at the El Zaíno entrance. Visitors can inquire about hammock availability, pricing, and make reservations at the entrance before starting their trek into the park. It’s recommended to check in advance for availability, especially during peak tourist seasons.

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