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Is Tayrona National Park Worth it?

Once you’ve arrived in Colombia, Tayrona National Park is a must-visit destination. According to the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Tourism, between January and July of 2023, Tayrona Park received 947, 062 visitors. 13.1% more compared to the same period in 2022. Moreover, between 2010 and 2022 the park’s visitors increased by 110%.

If these numbers don’t convince you, here are five reasons why Tayrona National Park is worth the visit: 

A Geographical Wonder

Tayrona is located in the Colombian northern Caribbean region, specifically in the Sierra Nevada foothills, under Santa Marta’s jurisdiction. Tayrona features diverse geography and weather, ranging from sea level to 900 meters above. Temperatures in the park range from 27°C to 35°C (81°F to 95° F). 

While you can visit the park year-round, the best months are from December to April, during the dry season. When the weather is mostly sunny with little rain.

Tayrona has also a great location; near other tourist sites such as Minca, Palomino, and Taganga.

5 Reasons Why Tayrona National Park is Worth it

1. A Little Bit History of Tayrona Park

Long before Tayrona National Park was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994. And even before the arrival of foreign explorers, the Tairona civilization was the heart of these lands. 

Their legacy lives on in the Pueblito, dating back to the 7th century AD, one of the area's most representative archeological sites. This place also provides a window into Kankuamo, Kogui, Wiwa, and Arhuaco's indigenous rich culture. 

2. Biodiversity: Unique Flora and Fauna

No wonder Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world. Tayrona National Park is proof of it. The park boasts a unique biodiversity, ranging from arid forests at lower elevations to lush rainforests as you climb higher. 

Tayrona is home to a fascinating variety of species, including terrestrial animals such as monkeys, squirrels, jaguars (tigrillo), sainos (a type of mammal), and anteaters. Bird watching is also popular, with 350 species inhabiting the area. Marine life is equally impressive, with coral reefs brimming with fish and sea turtles.

3. Sea Water Gems

For those seeking pristine and crystal-clear water where shades of gray turn into vibrant colors, Tayrona is the place to be. 

There is no exact number of beaches at the Tayrona. However, some people consider small inlets as beaches. Here are some of the most popular ones, each with its unique charm and beauty: 

  • Cabo San Juan: The most popular beach in the park, featuring food and a camping area. 

  • Boca del Saco (Nudist beach): Although not officially designated as a nude beach, it’s considered one due to its solitaire nature. Note: It isn’t allowed to bathe on this beach. 

  • Playa Brava: Ideal for campers, whether on hammocks or cabins.

  • La Piscinita: One of the most tranquil beaches for resting and bathing, surrounded by a barrier of rocks that helps to reduce the heavy waves.

  • Playa Arrecife: The largest beach in the Tayrona, known for its strong waves due to numerous reefs and rocks. Swimming is not allowed here.

  • Playa Guachakyta: Its tranquil water and beautiful landscapes make it ideal for relaxation.

Is Tayrona National Park Worth it?

4. Tayrona Experience: Beyond Sunbathing

Tayrona transcends the typical seaside getaway. The park is a little paradise for those seeking relaxation, adventures, historical exploration, and more. Hike trails boasting marvelous views, or delve into the secrets to indigenous settlement. Tayrona offers an unforgettable and profound connection with nature.

5. Stays in the Tayrona National Park

The park provides a unique accommodation experience. Rest under the stars, listen to the ocean breeze, and sway with the palm trees. You can choose to sleep in a tent, a hummock under the stars, or eco-habs.

While sleeping under Tayrona ground is an incredible experience, we are aware it is not for everyone. Perhaps you want a more comfortable alternative, especially after a long day of exploring. The Journey Hostel Tayrona is a stay that offers the perfect balance between relaxation and adventure on your visit to the Colombian Caribbean, just a 20-minute distance away from the park.

We hope this guide has given you a better idea of the adventures waiting for you in Tayrona Park. Don't just read about it; experience it for yourself! We’re ready and waiting for you.

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