Wednesday, 4 April 2012



From Taganga: by boat to Cabo San Juan del Guía ($40,000pp)

From Santa Marta: take a bus ($5,000/1h) from the corner of Carrera 11 and Calle 11 (on the edge of street food market, so do your last minute shopping here). The bus driver will shout “Parque Tayrona!” when stopping near the entrance. If you worried he won’t (does happen), let him know earlier that you want to get off by “entrada del parque”. The name of the access village is El Zaino. There are several restaurants and shops there if you forgot to buy something (everything more expensive than in Santa Marta).

El Zaino entrance
After paying the entrance fee (see: OTHER INFO) hop on a minibus parked after the entrance booth ($2,000/15min.). It leaves only when full (or nearly full) so you might have to wait (up to an hour if you’re unlucky).
Alternatively, you can walk all the way to Cañaveral following the paved road (40 minutes to 1 hour)

Turn right for the new path

From Cañaveral to Playa Arrecifes (45min.):
The minibus will drop you off by the car park. Follow the road to the “horse stables” and, instead of taking the VERY muddy and destroyed horse trail to the left, go right and enjoy the new, well-marked, boarded path to Arrecifes.
Otherwise, hire a horse and enjoy a bumpy ride!

The muddy horse trail near Arrecifes

The new, boarded path
From Playa Arrecifes to Cabo San Juan del Guía (45min.):

Walk along the beach and then, after La Piscina, follow a trail through the forest.


There are 2 more official entrances to Tayrona:

Palangana (for Neguanje and Gairaca bays): about 1km after the highway toll booths turn left and follow a dirt road (not sure about transport options there as I havent’ been to this part of Tayrona)

Calabazo: for Chairama/Pueblito (2h) and Cabo San Juan del Guía (another hour from Pueblito)

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