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Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park Hotels
- Ecohotel
Cabaña Cinto
- Mendihuaca Resort Hotel
Villa Playa Los Naranjos
Casa Tayrona Los Naranjos
Ecohabs Tayrona
Cabañas Arrecifes
Ecohabs Minca
Ecohabs Los Naranjos
Ecohabs Taganga
Tayrona National Park
Tayrona National Park

Tayrona Natural National


Ecotourism in one of the most beautiful parks in Colombia.

Each Area of this fantastic park is protected and has different characteristics. We recommend you plan your visit in advance taking into account the following aspects:

Description of Tayrona Natural National Park

Where is the Tayrona Park? What is its location? Tayrona Natural National Park is located 34 kilometers from Santa Marta in Colombia and is part of the department of Magdalena.



Santa Marta's Sierra Nevada, the highest coastal mountain in the world, is part of the many attractions offered by the Tayrona Natural National Park. It is also the habitat of a wide variety of species that are distributed in different areas with different thermal floors, ranging from sea level to 900 meters in height. Its area is 15,000 hectares, of which 3,000 are in the marine area.

¿What to do in the Tayrona Park? What should you visit?


The Tayrona Park is a place for Contemplation and Rest. This beautiful Natural Paradise offers magnificent beaches with crystal clear waters: Chengue, Gayraca, Cinto, Neguanje, Concha, Guachaquita, among others. We could also enjoy other activities such as hiking, snorkeling, diving and archeology from an ancient town of Tayrona.

The Tayrona Park is ideal for nature lovers who want to discover unique landscapes, enjoy a restful time, admire sunrises and sunsets and take photographs.

¿Where to sleep in Tayrona Park?

The best thing is that you have the option of staying within the same park in different and spectacular hotels, ecological cabins of all characteristics and for all tastes and budgets. In the Cañaveral sector there are fourteen (14) Ecohabs, in six cabins with characteristics of the architecture of the Tayrona indigenous people.

In the same way in the Tayrona Park there are also other spaces such as camping areas perfectly suited for you to live an unforgettable experience. The Tayrona Park s one of the jewels of the Colombian nature that you can not miss visiting, it is one of the most touristic places of Santa Marta, ecotourism at the highest level where you can also enjoy Mangrove Beaches, lagoons and unbeatable coral formations.

The park has wonderful accommodations such as Ecohabs that are comfortable cabins with an inspired design that sits perfectly in the landscape. The Tayrona Park also has a camping area in the Arrecifes sector, explanatory trails, parking area, different restaurants and an auditorium with capacity for 120 people.


¿Where to camp in the Tayrona National Park?


For the adventurers, there are camping areas with all the facilities to accommodate up to 400 travelers in Arrecifes and 200 in Cañaveral.

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Information to the Phone Numbers:

Contact from Tayrona Park

Attention to the User of Natural National Parks
Street 74 Num. 11 – 81, 1st floor, Bogotá
PBX (571) 3532400 Ext. 3011, 3012



There is a parking service in four (4) sectors of the Park in open and non-demarcated areas, excluding two parking lots in Cañaveral, which have a demarcated area and 24-hour surveillance. There are also parking areas in Bahía Concha, Gayraca and Neguanje, managed by local people, who are the guarantors of their safety.

 ¿Is there Internet in Tayrona Park?

There is only internet service in the Cañaveral sector; There is Wi-Fi in the concession restaurant and there are two computers with free internet access for guests at the reception.


¿What should you take to the Tayrona National Park?

  • Hat or cap, sunglasses and raincoat for the rainy season.
  • Fresh clothing, swimsuit, pants and long-sleeved shirts to protect the skin from insects, branches and the sun.
  • Sturdy and suitable footwear for walking through the exuberant nature and bare feet resistant to water for beach areas.
  • Identity documents and current health service card or EPS

Tickets to Tayrona Park

Costs, Prices of Tickets and Conditions

Rates 2018 (subject to change)
People between 5 and 25 years old = 10,000 pesos/ticket
People from 26 to 64 years old (Colombians and CAN*) = 17,500 pesos/ticket
Foreigners (not CAN) = 44,000 pesos/ticket
Under 5 years old; Over 65 Colombians and Disabled Do not Pay.

Car Prices:

Cars 13.000 pesos
Corporate 33.000 pesos
Buses – small buses 69.500 pesos
Motorcycles 9.000 pesos


NOTE: From April 1, 2017 it is essential to have the yellow fever vaccine to enter the Tayrona Park in Santa Marta Colombia.


People between 5 and 25 years old = 11,000 pesos/ticket
People from 26 to 64 years old (Colombians and CAN*) = 19,500 pesos/ticket
Foreigners (not CAN) = 48,500 pesos/ticket
Under 5, over 65 Colombians and disabled do not pay.
Dates: From June 15 to July 15 / From December 15 to January 30 / Easter Week from Friday to Sunday (10 days) / Weekends with holiday on Friday with departure on Tuesday



Dates that are not considered in the high season


Recommendations to go to Tayrona Park

  • The entrance and departure times of the park are from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Ideal to make your reservations in advance. The capacity of the Park is 6,900 tourists / day
  • Find out beforehand about the ideal places to swim and bathe only in authorized sites or zones.
  • Bathing in the sea is considered until 6 p.m.
  • It is recommended to be vaccinated against yellow fever. The environmental education talk is mandatory. Respect the established schedules to use the showers and effectively use the water.
  • Within the Park there are sacred sites in the four (4) indigenous villages of the Santa Marta’s Sierra Nevada, which are demarcated and entry into these areas is prohibited.
  • The parking of vehicles in camping areas is prohibited. When the authorized parking spaces are covered, cars will not be allowed, only for visitors.
  • When you take a boat, make sure you have a life vest.
  • It is restricted: Plastic Bags, Styrofoam objects, musical elements, pets, alcoholic beverages, psychoactive substances, carrying weapons, surfboards, making campfires, throwing cigarette butts, burning trash, carrying out logging and capturing wild animals.
  • If you are hiring a guide, make sure it is vouched for this activity.
  • When leaving the protected area you must remove the garbage produced during your stay (husks, seeds or other residual products of plant or animal origin); not respecting this measure deteriorates the landscape and can cause diseases for wild fauna and flora.

HISTORY: Creation of Tayrona Park

¿When was the Tayrona Park created?

On April 24, 1964, the region was declared a natural park to guarantee the reserve and conservation of the ecosystem, through resolution Number 191 of the Colombian Institute for Agrarian Reform - INCORA in Spanish. Later this resolution was reformed by agreement number 04 of 1969 and approved by Resolution 292 of INDERENA the same year. In 1969, the 15,000 terrestrial and 4,500 marine hectares were declared a natural park due to the great biological and archaeological value that they have.


Flora of Tayrona National Park


On the maritime edge of the park are distributed more than 350 species of algae while the terrestrial flora has more than 770 different species of plants. The dry forest of the park exhibits between half and a third of the plants, in comparison with the humid forests. The National flower is the orchid that is found in this area (Caribbean). This Park is characterized by its tropical landscape, coral formations, white beaches, rocky coastline, mangroves and lagoons.

Fauna of Tayrona Park


The Tayrona Natural National Park is habitat for a great diversity of fauna species, among which several groups of mammals stand out and of these five (5) species of cats have been listed for the area: The Jaguar, the Ocelot, the Tigrillo and the known Puma.

Without mentioning the forty species of bats, a total of 59 species of mammals are reported, among which are the nocturnal monkey, the maicero monkey, the sloth, the armadillo, the red deer, the anteater, as well as five species of marine mammals..

396 species of birds are reported, among which stand out: The small tinamou, the king vulture, the sparrow hawk, the clawed hawk and the purple macaw.

Among the reptiles are four species of sea turtles and the snake Boa constrictor. Lately, the presence of the needle cayman has been reported, being that of the Tayrona National Park one of the few populations present in the Colombian Caribbean.

It is important the great diversity of marine species of the park, personified in mollusks, crustaceans, algae and corals, among others.



Hydrography - Tayrona Park Rivers

The hydrography of the Park consists of two drainage systems. The first is a set of small streams and streams that flow into the Caribbean Sea. In the direction of the east, the flow increases gradually and becomes permanent. In the same way, the La Boquita, San Lucas, Cinto, Santa Rosa and Mason streams provide fresh water all year round. The second drainage system is continental, consisting of streams that flow into the Piedras river, of which the most significant is the Jordán creek.

Archaeological remains of the Park

In the area of the park, there are archaeological ruins that indicate the existence of human settlements of the Tayrona tribe that occupied the region from pre-Columbian times until well into colonization.

Communities that inhabit the Tayrona Park

The socio-cultural dynamics of the Tayrona Natural National Park and its areas of influence make up a larger and more complex whole, which is the Santa Marta's Sierra Nevada.

The four indigenous ethnic groups that make up the Sierra (ancestral territory) with its coastal and lacustrine areas outside the reserves are Kankuamo, Kogui, Wiwa, and Arhuaco. In this ancestral territory, there are sacred sites that must be protected and respected as part of the cultural heritage of humanity. In the surroundings of the Park, mestizos and Afro-Colombians live, who base their livelihood on activities such as tourism, fishing, agriculture, and livestock.

Climate at the Tayrona National Natural Park

The predominant climate in the park is tropical humid with temperatures that fluctuate between 25 and 38 ° C. Account with the rainy season and dry season being the first of them characterized by heavy rainfall and include the months of May and July as well as September and October. In spite of this, activities can be carried out without problems, since the rain is almost always fortuitous, which allows visitors to continue enjoying the beauties of the Park

¿How to get to Tayrona Park from Santa Marta?

In Santa Marta you must take transportation to one of the two entrances to the Park:

The Zaíno is the main entrance and is 32 km from Santa Marta, along the trunk road of the Caribbean in the direction of Riohacha. Estimated time in vehicle is 45 minutes. By Zaíno you can reach Cañaveral, Arrecifes, San Juan's Cape of Guía and Pueblito.

Palangana is at kilometer 5 along the trunk road of the Caribbean in the direction of Riohacha, where you can get to Neguanje, Gayraca and Playa del Muerto, “crystal beach”. In this area the visitor can only spend the day and has no accommodation to stay.

The entrance to town is by the sidewalk gourd at kilometer 20 of the trunk of the Caribbean in the direction of Riohacha.

What is the Entrance Time to Tayrona Park?

The entry and departure schedule of the park are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., taking into account the walk that needs to be done, it is recommended to arrive before 3:00 p.m.

Ecotourism activities of Tayrona Park


For those who want new and surprising ecotourism experiences, Tayrona Park is a place full of myths and legends of the ancient communities that inhabited the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. There you will find archaeological remains of an immortal architecture and exuberant nature.

For those who seek seclusion and relaxation, the Park offers magnificent beaches and the relaxing panorama of an intensely blue ocean. Those who are attracted to more exciting activities can enjoy lung diving in Playa del Muerto “Playa Cristal”, Garnet and Tayrona Natural Pool.

Other activities offered by the Tayrona Park: Hiking, Archeology, Wildlife and Wildlife Observation, Environmental Education, Bird Watching, Photography and Video, among others.



In Isla Aguja and Granate you can practice the autonomous diving and in Cañaveral, Arrecifes and Pueblito you can take walks, with the possibility of observing birds, small and medium mammals or simply enjoy the exuberant beauty.