- what activities are must-do
- there will be four of us traveling together
- any recommendations for places to stay in Santa Marta
In Tayrona National Natural Parkyou can camp or sleep in hammocks. there are various hikes you can do through the park. The food inside and water are a bit expensive so i will recommend you to buy some before entering tayrona. In Santa Marta you can also go to taganga (like 10 minutes away from santa marta city) its a fisher town, and its very very pretty.
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recomendations for tayrona bring confortable clothing you have to hike between beaches anywhere for 20 minutes to 2 hours this is medium level activity i also recomend insect repelent. you can eat anywhere from cheap delicious food on the beaches up to a fancy dinner. tayrona is full of young and relaxed people bring your sunblock and enjoy this amazing place.
to spend the night you have 4 options, you can rent an ecohab it is expensive if you go with friends you can rent a small house in a place called arrecifes its beautiful also you can spend the night in a tend or an amaca.
in santa martha you can found many cheap hostal, there are many local foodtrucks there is a beach called rodadero there you can rent an aparment, its cheap too. you can make a lot of tours to many beaches near the city.
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Hey Rachel, I would try and get an apartment rental in Santa Marta if there is more than 1 of you- it works out cheaper than hotel rooms! There were 4 of us, and we got a 4 bed apartment with a pool and sea view for less than we could in a hotel room. Don't book in advance either, there are plenty of scouts looking to sell tourists a room- make sure you haggle! Find out more about my adventures in Colombia at www.coffeewithasliceoflife.com
I spent two days there, it's a beautiful day. As Rasto said we took a bus from Santa Marta, we had booked one night on the "hamacas", really cheap and really fun, and one night in the Ecohabs which are luxury cabannas with sea view. In two days we couldn't visit much but we enjoyed the beach and did some trecking. Be prepared because it may rain suddenly.
I assume you made typo and meant Tayrona NP. :-)
It is certainly must to do when in Santa Marta and give yourselves at least 2-3 days to enjoy the park.
You can take bus from Santa Marta which will take you directly to the park entrance (quite frequent and way cheaper than taxi). From there you will have to hike through jungle few kilometres to get to the coast and the beach called Arrecifes. Depending on season you might book accomodation (hammocks) in advance since quality varies among options you will have there. If you stay overnight, next day, you can hike along the coast to another beach called El Cabo. Hike along the coast is very scenic and feels like a tropical paradise. I found coast in Tayrona quite turbulent, not that much for swimming. There is a nice bay in El Cabo where you can swim, but not that much in Arrecifes. You can stay again overnight in El Cabo and the next day hire someone to take you to pre-colombian ruins Pueblito and further south to Calabazo village from where you can take bus back to Santa Marta. You can as well do it on your own, but you have to know what you are doing. It is walk through jungle over the hill with almost no settlement along. See the map below to get an idea.
If you want story told by pictures, here is Tayrona NP picture collection from my trip.
Short video showing Arrecifes Beach
Short video showing El Cabo Beach
Enjoy your trip, Colombia is one of my favorite countries!