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Maximize Your Tayrona Experience: Best Hiking Routes

Embarking on a hiking adventure in Tayrona National Park is like entering a living, breathing canvas of nature's finest artwork. This article is your guide to unraveling the park's diverse trails, from coastal marvels to ancient pathways, and extending your journey to nearby gems.

Get ready to delve deep into the heart of Tayrona's landscapes, where each trail tells a unique story:

El Sendero Kogui or Ruta del conocimiento (From Cañaveral to Arrecifes)

Start your Tayrona adventure with the Kogui trail, also known as the Path of Knowledge (Ruta del conocimento). This trail leads from Cañaveral to Arrecifes, inviting hikers to immerse themselves in the park's rich biodiversity and indigenous history.

Distance (one way): Spanning a moderate hour, the trail provides ample opportunities to connect with nature and the cultural heritage embedded in the landscape.

Difficulty Level: Low.

Hiking Routes Tayrona Park

From Arrecifes to Boca del Saco

Embark on a scenic escapade from Arrecifes to Boca del Saco, traversing iconic landmarks like playa de Arrecifes, La Piscina (beach), and Cabo San Juan. This trail promises physical exertion and sensory exploration of Tayrona's coastal wonders.

Distance (one way): Allow 2 to 3 hours to savor the turquoise waters of La Piscina and bask in the panoramic vistas from Cabo San Juan.

Difficulty Level: Low.

From Calabazo-Teykú Village to Cabo San Juan

Come aboard on this amazing exploration as you navigate this path. Be prepared for steeper climbs, slippery slopes, and river crossings. However, the effort is rewarded with breathtaking coastline vistas, lush valleys, and the occasional glimpse of exotic wildlife. Reaching Cabo San Juan feels like a true accomplishment, offering a sense of accomplishment and a newfound appreciation for the park's rugged beauty.

Distance (one way): Plan for 4 to 5 hours, ensuring ample time to appreciate the archaeological wonders of Teykú and the serene beauty of Cabo San Juan.

Difficulty Level: Difficult.

From Calabazo to Playa Brava

This path leads you away from the main park area towards hidden gems like La Piscina and the secluded Playa Brava (beach). Expect a mix of forest trails, rocky sections, and stunning stretches of coastline. The reward is a pristine beach with minimal crowds, perfect for swimming, sunbathing, or simply soaking in the tranquility.

Distance (one way): Schedule 2 to 4 hours, planning extra time for enjoying the scenery, taking photographs, swimming in La Piscina, or simply resting along the way.

Difficulty Level: Moderate to challenging.

Note: El Pueblito, once a go-to route, has been off-limits to the public since 2021.

General Tips for Hikers: From Amateurs to Experts

Keep in mind these tips to enhance your Tayrona experience, ensuring a safe and enjoyable hike.

Footwear and Attire:

  • Amateurs: Wear comfortable athletic shoes with good grip

  • Experts: Opt for sturdy hiking boots suitable for varied terrain

Tip: Choose moisture-wicking clothing to stay comfortable and protect against unexpected weather changes.


  • Bring a reusable water bottle

  • Consider a hydration system for longer trails

Tip: Stay hydrated by sipping water consistently, especially in the tropical climate of Tayrona. Refill your bottle at designated stations to minimize plastic waste.


  • Stick to well-marked paths

  • Carry a map or GPS device for more remote trails

Tip: Familiarize yourself with the trail map before starting and stay on marked routes to prevent getting lost. GPS devices with offline maps can be invaluable in remote areas.

Safety Measures:

  • Hike during daylight hours

  • Pack a basic first-aid kit and emergency essentials

  • Carry a reliable flashlight or headlamp for low-light conditions

Protection Essentials:

  • Protect your skin by regularly applying high-SPF sunscreen

  • Use insect repellent to prevent bug bites, especially in shaded areas

  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat for sun protection

Environmental Tips:

  • Minimize single-use plastics by bringing reusable containers

  • Avoid feeding wildlife to maintain their natural behaviors

  • Leave no trace, respecting the park's delicate ecosystem

  • Carry a reusable food container and utensils to minimize waste

  • Feeding wildlife can disrupt their natural diet and behavior.

Food Tips:

  • Pack lightweight, energy-rich snacks

  • Consider local and sustainable food options

  • Opt for trail mix, energy bars, and fruits for convenient and nourishing snacks

  • Enjoy local flavors and help sustain the park by supporting nearby vendors

Exploring Nearby Activities:

For those seeking further adventure, we extend our exploration beyond Tayrona National Park, discovering additional activities at The Journey Hostel in Tayrona that promise new perspectives and unforgettable experiences, such as:

  • Horse Riding

  • Saltillo Waterfall & Tubing

  • Bike Tours

  • Teyku Indigenous Village Tour

  • Bunkuanay Tour

  • Lost City Expedition

Saltillo Waterfall & Tubing Tayrona Park

Curious about our tours? Click here for the details!

Hiking in Tayrona is a multifaceted journey, each trail telling a unique story of Colombia's Caribbean coast. Plan your hikes wisely, immerse yourself in the natural beauty, and create memories that resonate with the spirit of adventure in this tropical paradise.

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