Our hike through Parque Tayrona was breathtaking. There are many options to travel to Parque Taryona, including by boat, public bus, or private car. We opted to arrange a tour through our hotel, which offered door to door service.
The park is incredible – there are parts of the hike that are through the jungle. We were lucky enough to see multiple monkeys, lizards, iguanas, ant ‘highways’, and several huge centipedes. Throughout the hike, you also leave the jungle and walk along the beaches, which are bright blue with clear water. It was quite the juxtaposition of jungle to ocean together, side by side.
What to expect:
After a 45 minute ride from Santa Marta, we arrived at the park entrance of Parque Tayrona at an area called Playa Cañaveral. Our guide left the car to purchase our wristbands. The wristbands are priced differently depending on if you are a Colombian citizen, foreign citizen, or student.
For a day trip, the most common hike begins at Playa Cañaveral and goes to Arrecifes, Piscina, and ends mid-day at El Cabo. We hiked for about 2 1/2 hours on our way to El Cabo, stopping many times to take photos. There are beautiful beaches at each of stopping points, and a restaurant for lunch at El Cabo. The restaurant was painstakingly slow, however, and we ended up enjoying freshly baked bread rolls from a local vendor.
After lunch, we relaxed on the beaches and swam in the warm water for another hour and a half, until it was time to hike back. The hike on the way back took us 2 hours since we didn’t stop as often for photos.
What to bring:
- Passport (need to show to buy a ticket)
- At least two bottles of water per person (water is sold expensively outside the park, but not readily available inside the park)
- Bug Repellent
- Sun hat
- Bathing suit
- Flip flops
- Snorkeling equipment (optional)
- Camera/phone in a zip-loc bag