The Tayrona national park is one of South America’s most biodiverse habitats, home to a vast array of animal and plant species, as well as beaches with crystalline waters and a thick forest rife with ancient trees. At 234 km from Cartagena, it also makes up part of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the world’s highest coastal mountain range, declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1979. Getting to know the area’s natural riches and arhcitectural treasures truly is a profound experience.
Boasting white sands, turquoise water, breathtaking coral reefs, great waves and stunning rock formations, Tayrona’s best known beaches include Playa Cristal, Neguanje, Playa Granate, Bahía Concha or Boca de Saco, where you can sunbathe in your birthday suit.
Delve deep into the tropical rainforest as you make your way along trails which guard archaeological ruins, with giant rocks, ancient terraces and channels surrounded by abundant nature. If you only have time for a day trip, head to Pueblito Tayrona.
This small mountain town, set on the lower part of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, is ideal for downhill mountain biking. Along the way, why not make a stop at the La Victoria coffee farm or swim in the Pozo Azul?
THE LOST CITY
Hidden deep in the midst of the Sierra Nevada mountains sits this archaeological treasure. Let your adventurous side out and get ready for a grueling, but very satisfying, trek. De Una Colombia Tours offers plans to visit the Lost City.
The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is one of Colombia’s main bird spotting destinations, offering visitors the chance to see species such as the roadside hawk, the condor, the endemic Santa Marta parakeet and the blue-billed currasow.
SPEND TIME WITH INIDGENOUS COMMUNITIES
Centuries ago, this region was inhabited by the Tayrona, whose descendants now make up a number of different communities, such as the Kogui, the Wiwa and the Arhuaco. Pay these groups a visit and connect with their ancient culture through various spiritual rituals. This form of tourism places a heavy emphasis on the protection of local customs and the conservational duty of travellers.
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