One the most unspoiled natural parks in Colombia, Tayrona National Park lies an hours drive to the north east of Santa Marta and unfolds it’s treasures like a natural Vivaldi symphony. Dense lush jungle and palm tree lagoons lead to beach after beach of golden sands, nestled among rocky alcoves, overlooking transparent turquoise waters. Backed by the cheeky chorus of Capuchin monkeys. Another way to describe it might just be paradise.
Discover la Ciudad Perdida, the Lost City of Colombia and meet Wiwa and Kougi indigenous tribes people on a 4-5 day jungle trek of a lifetime.
It’s always hard to write about something that so many before you have written about. Especially when trying to do a synopsis. What story can you tell about Ciudad Perdida, the Lost City of Colombia that hasn’t already been told? But then that’s the great thing about the Lost City trek, you write your own story.
Unlike the clinical Machu Pichu, which over indulgent capitalism has now destroyed. Turning one the most important archeological locations in the world into an over-priced fairground attraction, where you are herded through turnstiles by the thousands daily. Ciudad Perdida still stands exactly as it did when it was built around 800 CE, (roughly 650 years earlier than Machu Pichu). There’s no cute Agatha Christie train ride to the bottom of the mountain, or Aguas Calientes at the end of your 45 minute walk. It’s a 4-5 day round trek in and out of proper, real, commando-style jungle. Following the path of the indigenous Wiwa and Kogi people, decendants of the Tairona, who have lived here since the 1st century CE.
Santa Marta Diving is famous for being one of the cheapest places to learn in the world. It has clear blue waters (when the rains are not too hard) and an array of great diving locations all around Parque Tayrona. The perfect place to practice your dive skills and get to know the local sea-life. It was here when I first arrived in Santa Marta 3 years ago that I was introduced to Cata and Sebastian who run the small but extremely professional Deep Coral Diving and with whom I gained my open water diving certificate, opening (no pun intended) a window to a completely new underwater world.
Leaving daily from the Marina de Santa Marta, the Samoa boat trip is a great way to explore some of the stunning beaches in Tayrona Park.Next The boat heads out early in the morning and takes you to between 3 and 4 exquisite locations, some exclusively accessible by sea.
With a very professional captain, the boat is complete with all safety equipment. Soft drinks and water are available on board, and at the captain’s discretion you can also stock up on beers. Additionally a fresh fish lunch is available at a cost of $25,000 pesos.
If you want to discover some pristine quieter playas and get away from the hustle and bustle of some of the more populated Tayrona beaches then this is the boat trip for you. Tickets cost £150,000 COP per person (roughly £50 U.S) or if you have a big enough group you can book the entire boat for your own private tour!
They say a picture tells a thousand words, which probably means i should stop talking now. As you will see from the photos Cayena Beach Villa is leaving no stone unturned when it comes to creating a 5 star experience in their luxury boutique beach hotel.
One of the most popular hostels in the area (and also one of the best) Costeño Beach is renowned for it’s breathtaking beauty, great service, and of course it’s excellent surf lessons. The first ever surf hostel in Tayrona, Costeño Beach offers the perfect balance of relaxed beach vibes, good food & drinks, and nice social evenings.
Your trek to the lost city is gonna be hard, but it will also be a great adventure. You’ll fall over in pelting rain and get covered in mud. You’ll get bitten by the biggest mosquitoes you have ever seen. You’ll see monkeys and snakes, and old indigenous Wiwa and Kogi’s. And you’ll trek through the jungle for 4-5 days and experience two thousand years of history. So be prepared with our Top 10 Ciudad Perdida Travel Tips.
Tayrona National Park boasts some of the best beaches in the world. Mile after mile of paradise sands lined with palm tree forests licked by the cool waters of Caribbean ocean. What more could you want or need? Find out in our Top Tayrona Park Travel Tips.