Tayrona National Park is located on the Colombian Caribbean coast near Santa Marta. The park extends from Taganga bay – a small fishermen village upstream to where the ‘Piedras’ River runs into the sea. The National Park covers an area of 150 sq-km [58 sq mi] of land and the remaining 30 sq-km [12 sq mi] are maritime. Predominant climate is tropical-humid with average temperatures between 25ºC to 30ºC. One of the main entrances to the Park is 34km from Santa Marta; from here one can gain access to the natural beaches, coral reefs, mangroves, mountains and exuberant vegetation found there. The fauna includes more than 100 mammals, 200 birds and numerous reptiles.
There are various archaeological sites that prove the existence of ancient cultures such as the Tayrona village “Chairama” (indigenous language) from Cañaveral bay a three-hour hike over stone pathways leads to Pueblito; where it is believed that a community inhabited during the pre-Columbian period and there are sacred sites for the Koguis, Arhuacos. These tribes descend from the ancient Tayrona culture.
After breakfast day at leisure.
Why not go on a hiking trail. There are two main hiking trails leaving from El Cabo – one to El Pueblito and another called the 9 stones hike (9 piedras).
El Puebilto is a one to two hour hike (2.4km). This town is an archaeological site and gives you an insight into how indigenous communities lived in previous times; this town is pre-hispanic and similar to the Lost City or Ciudad Perdida.
The Nine Stones hike, (Nueve Piedras) a hike around the park following egg-like stones at points along the way, is a good way to see more of the park and its environment.
- 3 Nights accommodation at selected hotels
- Return airport transfers
- Daily breakfast