Five Reasons to Visit Tayrona Park in Colombia
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The Tayrona National Natural Park is without a doubt an obligatory place to visit around the city of Santa Marta and pueblo of Palomino; characterized by the majesty of the ocean that bathes its soft white or yellow sand beaches and the exuberant jungle that embraces it.
To go to the Tayrona is to meet nature at its best, feeling a warm and wild connection that only the sea and the mountain offer you. After living different experiences between water and land when visiting this nature reserve "The Dreamer" has listed 5 reasons that describe the magic of knowing this impressive place.
1. Hiking: "Natural vistas and breathtaking surroundings"
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To get to each of the beaches inside the park you must prepare your shoes and backpack, because you will walk through the forest and the rocks that will give you a wild experience, prepare your camera and sharpen your senses, you will perceive how nature pronounces itself; once inserted in the heart of the mountain can be felt from the crunch of its large ceibas and palms, the soft chanting of endemic birds to the disturbing howl of the great howling monkey, which extends for several minutes and can become somewhat unsettling.
2. Sighting Animals: "Stepping inside a National Geographic episode"
Following the path, we will arrive at the coral reef, very close to it there is a beach not suitable for swimming but if to appreciate its high waves, there lies a stream where it is possible to look at a species of alligators named "caimans" that range between 1 meter and a half until 4 meters long This is a clearly marked protection area, so it is necessary to be discreet to avoid accidents. But you will be attentive and you can have a wild experience that any lens should capture.
3. Exploring the Coral Reef Barrier: "Discovering Tayrona from it's blue side"
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Visiting the Tayrona and not appreciating its marine life would be an incomplete experience, as Jacques Cousteau puts it in one of his famous phrases: "The sea hooks you like a net for all eternity", likewise you will be hooked to the amazing coral reef that It extends from La Arenilla beach to Cabo San Juan de Guía. One of the special places we recommend to dive, is La Piscina, with clear and calm waters you will see how a reef that surrounds it makes it a unique and worthy scenario to admire. Get your free diving equipment ready and enjoy the wide variety of angelfish, surgeons, barracudas, turtles like the Hawksbill, elkhorn corals and even the possible appearance of a tender nurse shark.
Note: Only lung diving is allowed in this area, if you do not bring your equipment it is possible to rent it right there.
4. Camping: "Sleeping Under the Murmur of the Sea"
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While it is true that the day provides all its solar energy, spending the night listening to the waves crash against the rocks while the gentle sea breeze refreshes us, is a pleasant experience. In the park you have the possibility to camp in any of its permitted areas such as Cañaveral, Arrecifes and Cabo San Juan de Guía, you can easily rent a tent, bring your own or sleep in the famous hammocks. This last one is a hanging challenge!
5: History & Heritage: "Contact with ancestral peoples"
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We finish our list with the visit to Pueblito, a wonderful indigenous settlement that keeps the vestiges of the ancient Tayrona, there are some families of the Kogui descendant village, terraces and archaeological ruins that move you to the past where they offered payments to maintain balance between mother nature and as retribution to it. You can get there from Cabo San Juan by taking the uphill road for about 2 hours.
How to get to the Tayrona Park and to the El Zaíno entrance?
Once you're at The Dreamer in Santa Marta, we offer shuttles each morning at 7:30 am and 9:30 am. Alternatively, you can take the bus just in front of the road, paying only 6 thousand pesos, you will reach the Zaíno entrance in approximately 40 minutes. Once you enter the park you can take a van to the cane trail to start the tour or if you prefer you can walk from there. To exit the park, you may exit in the same path, or alternatively, take a boat from the Cabo san Juan beach to Tanganga, which leaves at 4:30pm and gives you magificent views of the park at dusk.