Tayrona National Park

Gripping the Caribbean coast is Colombia‚Äôs popular Tayrona National Park. Stretching along the coast from the Bahia de Taganga to Rio Piedras, the park lies at the foot of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range, the highest coastal mountain range in the world.  Covering over 12,000 hectares it boasts beautiful bays shaded by coconut palms and several coral reefs. The area is a magnet for wildlife lovers and photographers looking to capture the stunning scenery which ranges from sandy beaches in the north to rainforest in the south and verdant jungle in the central and eastern parts where more rainfall is received. Tayrona is inhabited by over 100 species of mammals and the colourful birds number some 200 species including the indigenous hen-like Paujil, which is often represented in Tayrona gold work.  Majestic condors nest in the highest peaks of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and monkeys can be seen frolicking along the jungle-fringed beaches.  Once home to the indigenous Tayrona Indians, important archaeological remains can be found here, and the best preserved of these is in the Pre-Hispanic town of Pueblito which is believed to have been home to some 4,000 people.

Why we like it

  • Colombia's Carribean Coast
  • Tayrona archeaological site
  • The adventure it brings
  • Verdant jungle and pristine beaches
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