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From Santa Marta: Tayrona National Park Guided Tour

1. From Santa Marta: Tayrona National Park Guided Tour

Hike through the tropical forest, admiring the local flora and fauna. Rest by a beach, swimming, and taking photos with the views behind you. Leave from Santa Marta early in the morning by bus. Travel to the entrance of Tayrona and wait for the doors to open at the box office. Watch a short informative video of 20 minutes with recommendations for the care of the park during your visit. Once the video is finished, begin the ecological walk-through trails that cross the tropical forest. Walk alongside trees that are over 25 meters high and pass beaches on the route through Cañaveral, Arrecifes, Arenilla, and Piscina Natural. Take a break at Cabo San Juan, a beach with transparent waters. Relax under the sun, enjoy a refreshing swim, and buy a delicious lunch made by the locals. Rest here for 3 hours and go up to the viewpoint to enjoy a unique view of this fantastic place. Return along the same trail until you reach the bus and head back to Santa Marta where the driver will drop you off at the same meeting points.

Santa Marta: Sailboat day tour to Tayrona Park

2. Santa Marta: Sailboat day tour to Tayrona Park

We will meet at Charter dock in Marina Internacional de Santa marta 9:30 am Cant wait past 9:50 for passenger as other boats use same dock. 10am we will motor upwind arriving approximately 11:30 am to Bahia Concha. You will experience stunning views from on board passing from a distance (no stopping) Taganga Bay, Granate Bay, Aguja Island. At Bahia Concha the boat will anchor. Yo can hang out on board, swim to beach or we can take you with our auxiliary boat. Please ask for prices before purchasing anything with beach vendors. You can use the paddle boards and snorkel equipment available. Lunch will be served approximately 90 minute after arriving. You will enjoy the day at one of the biggest beaches in Tayrona Park. By 3:30 pm everyone should be back on board to begin our return doing some motor sailing and only sailing ( genoa only) wind permitting and returning to the marina between 4:30pm - 5:00pm where you can enjoy the beautiful sunset Santa Marta is famous for. Make sure you ask for price before buying anything with beach vendors. Beach chairs not included. ( around 3 usd) Wifi on board (5 usd) Food and beverage not allowed into marina. Our destination is Bahia Concha. ( no other stops) Feb 1-15, June 1-15, Oct 19-Sep 3 Tayrona park closes, we will visit taganga half day and inca inca half day.

Santa Marta: Tayrona Park Private Hike to Cabo San Juan

3. Santa Marta: Tayrona Park Private Hike to Cabo San Juan

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Tayrona National Natural Park during this full-day walking trip. Discover lush forests, stroll along pristine beaches, admire Playa Cabo de San Juan, and savor a traditional Caribbean meal (not included). Explore Tayrona National Natural Park during this private full-day hiking tour. Inhale the fragrance of sun-drenched nature as you observe fauna which have made this paradise their home. Experience one of the world's most beautiful beaches and enjoy authentic Caribbean cuisine. Wander about this natural haven on the Caribbean coast, northeast of Santa Marta, one of South America’s oldest cities. Luxuriate in the golden sunshine as you take in lush flora set against the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  Hike along the coast from Cañaveral, pause at the boulder-strewn Playa Arrecife known for its powerful currents, and continue on to La Piscina. Enclosed with rocks, and mild and shallow, this pool is ideal for swimmers of varying skill levels. Playa Brava sits off the beaten path, a secluded beach nestled amid lush vegetation. Tranquil and serene, it is quieter compared to the highly popular Cabo de San Juan beach. To sunbathe on white sands and snorkel in clear water, walk to Playa Cristal and nibble on grilled seafood as well. Playa Cabo de San Juan, a verdant paradise, is the park’s main attraction. Giant palms wave along the shore and massive boulders rise out of the water. Swim and settle down to a traditional Caribbean lunch afterwards. Sunbathe in the golden sunshine and end your day on a glittering high.

Santa Marta: Cristal Beach Day-Trip

4. Santa Marta: Cristal Beach Day-Trip

After being collected from your Santa Marta accommodation, you will travel for 15 minutes by vehicle to the Neguanje sector and enter an area of the Tayrona park (nature reserve). Once here you will be able to enjoy a spectacular sun day, before you board a boat for an 8-minute journey by the beautiful beaches of the Colombian Caribbean. You can then walk while enjoying an excellent view of the 7-wave viewpoint. Cristal Beach, also called Calm Beach, is the perfect setting for snorkeling and diving. Thanks to its beautiful clear, calm waters and white sands that allow it visitors to snorkel easily. It is widely considered one of the most beautiful and paradisaical beaches in Colombia, and is not to be missed when traveling through this area. Cristal Beach is located in a bay alongside many other small beaches. The water in these beaches, unlike the rest of the park, is very calm, and you will also find plains of unexploited, natural salt. There is also a small camping area, which is a spectacular alternative for accommodation and very different from the other sites that are close by.

Santa Marta and Tayrona Park Day Trip

5. Santa Marta and Tayrona Park Day Trip

Our tour begins picking you up at your hotels to start our wonderful trip to the city of Santa Marta, where we will offer you a light breakfast to start our tour to the Tayrona Park we will receive a talk about the conservation of the environment; You will also have the visit to the viewpoint Playa Siete Olas, the entrance to Playa Neguanje and transportation by boat to Playa Cristal. Lunch will be typical with fish, patacón, rice with coconut and salad, with a choice of grilled chicken or beef. You will always have the guide accompanying you throughout the activity. We will return to Cartagena at approximately 4:00 pm to arrive at the hotels at 9:00 pm. Departures are on Tuesdays and Fridays

Tayrona National Park: Scuba Diving Tour for Beginners

6. Tayrona National Park: Scuba Diving Tour for Beginners

During the discover scuba® diving experience, you can try scuba diving for the first time in a calm water environment surrounded by the majesty of Tayrona Park. A highly-trained padi® professional will provide scuba gear, explain basic scuba diving skills and answer any questions you may have. Take this course if you want to find out if you like scuba diving, connect with the underwater world, take your first breaths underwater, decide if you want to be a certified diver. Learn how to use scuba gear, use hand signs to communicate and perform basic scuba skills

Explore the magic of Cabo San Juan: a paradise in Tayrona

7. Explore the magic of Cabo San Juan: a paradise in Tayrona

Welcome to a paradisiacal corner in Tayrona Natural National Park: Cabo San Juan Beach. This beach invites you to immerse yourself in the perfect fusion between lush nature and the Caribbean Turkish sea. From the moment you put a foot in the golden sand, you will feel that you have discovered an oasis of tranquility and beauty. Access to Playa Cabo San Juan can be through a pleasant path that winds through the dense tropical jungle, giving you the opportunity to marvel at the diversity of flora and fauna that lives in this unique environment. Upon arrival, you will be rewarded with an impressive view: a bay protected by rock formations that emerge from crystalline water.

Cabo San Juan Day Tour

8. Cabo San Juan Day Tour

Beautiful hike to Cabo San Juan in Tayrona National Nature Park. Perfect program for lovers of ecotourism.Enjoy magnificent panoramas and crystal clear beaches during approx. 2,5hrs walk along the coast of Tayrona. We will visit Arrecifes, the beautiful beach La Piscina ideal to swim, take a rest. After La Piscina we’ll continue to Cabo San Juan, a crystal clear beach ideal for relaxing, snorkeling, and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Cabo San Juan offers a good restaurant, where you can have lunch. Around 13:30 is time to start walking back.

Sailing Atypic

9. Sailing Atypic

Experience a Day of Fun and Relaxation on the Atypic Sailing Boat in Parque NP Tayrona "Embark on our sailboat and enjoy an unforgettable day! We operate with small groups to provide an exclusive experience. Departing from the International Marina of Santa Marta at 9:20 am, we sail towards the crystal-clear Granate Beach in Tayrona National Natural Park. Discover the coast of Santa Marta with friends, accompanied by a cold beer. After approximately 1 hour, we reach Granate Beach, where you can snorkel and admire marine life with the option to spot turtles. We offer exciting activities such as subwing (underwater flying) and a floating island for enjoying a beer. We return at 3:30 pm, estimating arrival at the Marina around 5 pm. Join us to experience maritime adventures and discover the beauty of Granate Beach Book Your Atypic Sailing Boat Adventure Today Ready to explore the stunning bays of Parque Nacional Tayrona on the Atypic Sailing Boat? Book your adventure today and experience the ultimate in fun and relaxation.

Playa Cristal Parque Tayrona

10. Playa Cristal Parque Tayrona

At the indicated time, we'll collect participants from the various pickup points in Santa Marta. From there, we'll begin our journey to the Tayrona National Natural Park. After a 1.5-hour drive, we'll arrive at the entrance of Tayrona National Natural Park, where we'll watch an explanatory video with tips on how to enjoy the natural environment responsibly. Afterwards, we'll return to the vehicle to go to the viewpoint of Playa 7 Olas. Have you brought your camera? There'll be plenty of great photo opportunities! We'll continue the excursion to Playa Neguanje and later to Playa Cristal - also known as Playa del Muerto and considered the best beach in the park! Back on dry land, it's time to relax and enjoy yourself! You'll have 5 hours of free time to take a refreshing swim, bask in the sun, hire snorkelling equipment and, of course, refuel with a wholesome lunch! After we're fed and feeling relaxed, we'll meet up again and begin our journey back to Santa Marta, where we'll conclude our tour after 9 hours of activity in total.

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What people are saying about Tayrona National Park

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(15 reviews)

the park is beautiful, even if the guide doesn't explain anything about the nature that surrounds you and it's a two-hour walk at a brisk pace to get to the last beach. You are then free to move around independently. to other beaches and to return on horseback or on foot and wait for the guide to return to the hotel if you want to fully enjoy the route!

We had a very enjoyable day at Tayrona! Our guide Edwardo was knowledgeable about the history and made our four hour hike in the forest fun and full of information. The beach was a lot of fun and the lunch excellent. Great value for money and highly recommended.

Absolutely amazing!! Had so much fun snorkeling, came accross a jellyfish(which we moved so people did not touch. Great guides, good food. Definitely recommend.

Great trip by boat! Didn’t see much of Tayrona national park, we were just taken to one beach for the day.

Great 5 hour walk, magnificent beaches. Just missing a little explanation on the hiking trail.