Highlights and main attractions of Tayrona National Park
An 85 kilometre stretch of this is protected within the Tayrona National Park, both a marine and coastal park, offering a wilderness experience of clearly marked jungle trails and nature walks within Colombia’s most important ecological reserve and amidst some of the country’s finest scenery.
The nearest starting point for visits into Tayrona is the busy colonial market town of Santa Marta, South America’s oldest surviving city, dating back to 1525 when conquistador Rodrigo de Bastildas first arrived to its shores. Some would describe Santa Marta as a more rough and ready version of Cartagena, and arguably more typically Colombian. The national park itself is located 34 kilometres away from the town and covers a total area of 15,000 hectares, of which 3,000 is Marine Park.
What some people may not realise about Colombia is that it has an idyllic coastline lapped by Caribbean waters, punctuated by gigantic granite boulders, with rugged quiet beaches and deserted coves.