If you've every daydreamed about what it would be like to stroll barefoot on a beach of soft, white sand, with waves of turquoise, crystalline waters lapping at your feet, enveloping you with a sense of peace and serenity, you are going to want to visit the Tayrona National Natural Park, included among the world's most beautiful destinations by Condé Nast Traveler magazine and British newspaper The Guardian.
This stunning park, located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, rising approximately 5,650 meters above sea level, offers nature lovers a unique experience with outstanding landscapes and unforgettable sunsets, where visitors can immerse themselves in the incredible natural and cultural richness that abounds there.
One of the first things you should know about Tayrona Park is that it forms part of the ancestral territories of the Kankuamo, Kogui, Wiwa and Arhuaco indigenous communities who inhabit the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, where the park is situated.
The easiest way to get to this sanctuary is from the city of Santa Marta, the second oldest city in all of Latin America. From there you can take the 40-minute bus ride to the main gates of Tayrona Park, where you'll be able to access the park's main beaches: Playa Cristal, Playa Cañaveral, Playa Arenilla, Playa Arrecifes and Playa Cabo de San Juan.
Playa Cristal is ranked among the top 25 beaches in South America according to the TripAdvisor 2018 Travellers' Choice Beaches list.
Playa Cabo San Juan is also one of the park's most spectacular beaches and is a big hit with tourists and locals alike, thanks to its unique and picturesque views.
Overlooking this magical place, flanked by the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea, atop a stunning green hillock, there is even a kiosk where tourists can stay and sleep in comfortable hammocks.
Tayrona is also a perfect place for snorkeling and scuba diving to explore the copious marine life flourishing in the waters around Isla Aguja and Granate. In Bahía Neguanje you'll also find expert tour guides who will teach you about snorkeling and help you discover the wide variety of corals and fish species in the area.
To get the most out of your time at Tayrona Park, we recommend you follow all the recommendations of the local guides. Bear in mind that swimming is not permitted in certain beach areas and there are specific enclosures for accommodation and camping.
If you're interested in trekking the paths walked by the local indigenous communities hundreds of years ago, don't miss a visit to Pueblito Tayrona. There, you can follow trails of large carved stone and marvel at ancient stone stairways and bridges.
Come and visit this park paradise and be truly amazed by the natural beauty of its landscapes. We'll see you there!