Tayrona - Paradise, are you serious?

Parque Nacional Tayrona Travel Blog

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Wood pecker!

So, with both of us in anticipation on visiting one of the ¨best beaches in the world¨ and what has been described as ¨paradise¨ we took a bus with Simon - who we met on the Lost City trek, to the entrance to the national park. We caught a small truck up the road which cut down quite a bit of walking time before the actual track starts. It took us about 1hr to reach the first beach which you can not swim at but can stay. On the way we saw some tiny, gorgeous monkeys which Nathan describes well as like kittens but monkeys. Would fit in the palm of your hand they were so small. So cute, and sounded a bit like birds, we only spotted them because one of the locals was walking with us and showed us.

We got the the first beach called Accefices? You can not swim at this beach though, but we did decide to stay here in the end anyway as it was quieter than the next beach along which was overrun with school kids.

We sat down and had a nice fresh juice and ordered something to eat. A drunk Colombian ten came over to us, bottle of whisky in hand and was like ¨You speaka an Englisheee?¨ and told us we must order fish and how did we like his country etc. Offered us a swig of his rum which we declined and then his girlfriend joined us before our meal was served up - thankfully not long afterwards. Apparently, when we got talking with an old guy who was sleeping in the same area as we were, he said he had seen them with the hallunciante wite drug which Wilson had talked about on the Lost City trek and shown us the flower. Personally I think that they were probably using it themselves rather than using it on us, but it was nice for him to think about us anyway, even though we wouldn´t take a drink from someone back home let alone in a foriegn country! 

We hung out on the beach for most of the time, looking for coconuts that we could crack open - which we failed, and the playing cards.

I tell you - it´s a hard life.

Next day we were awoken at about 5.30am as it gets quite light here early, and watched as the squirrels ran down the palm trees and then up another one. So cute to watch them hop through the grass. We then went for a walk to the next beach and did some snorkelling. Didn´t want to go too far out though but we did see some fish, but nothing fantastic. They say in the Footprints guide that there is excellent snorkelling there so I take it you have to go further out to see much. We then walked to Cabo and had a look, it was pretty full but alot nicer than any of the other beaches that´s for sure.

We spied heaps of these lizard things everywhere, and all different species. Lots of crabs aswell, and one guy told us - if we translated it correctly - that there was a snake about 2m long up ahead of us at one point.

We didn´t see it though, which I am personally thankful!

Headed back to the entrance to the park at about noon. We had had enough, hopefully got a tan and seen some wildlife so it was still worth it in both our opinions to visit. We were reassured when we saw an iguana on the way back, wich unfortunely I didn´t get a good photo of, but it was huge!

Off to Cartegena soon,  will stay another night at Taganga before heading off in the morning.

Gringo Info

For anyone looking at going here, if you have good beaches at home, or have been to beaches in New Zealand, Australia, any of the islands in the Pacific or the beaches of Thailand - beware that you will be disappointed just as much as we were.

We were also happy that we weren´t the only ones that thought so, Simon ´the Australian´and even Thomas AKA Frenchy were dissappointed so we are happy to say that we wouldn´t reccommend wasting your time. The restaurants are also quite expensive, at about $14,000 to $24,000 for a meal.


  • Bus took about 1hr from Santa Marta - if coming from Taganga, tell driver you are going to Tayrona and they will tell you when to get off. Usually you won´t have to look for the bus for Tayrona, as touts come find you!
  • Waited for a bus at the entrance to the national park to get back to Santa Marta


  • Bus from Taganga - Santa Marta $1,000 each
  • National park entry fee $23,000 each
  • Hammock $10,000 each
  • Meal $14,000 - $23,000 each - fish being the most expensive
  • Natural juices $3,000 - $3,500
  • Bus from Santa Marta to Tayrona entrance $3,500 each


  • Bring enough water and food so you don´t have to buy meals.
    Cans of tuna, crackers, oreos, bread etc are always a good idea. Some meals can be easily shared to cut costs. Otherwise you will find it expensive!
cthunder86 says:
Thanks for the info bro. Very helpfull
Posted on: Apr 19, 2012
Ape says:
Thanks a heap for the info on the costs.. very helpful! Looking forward to reading the rest of your blog :)
Posted on: May 13, 2010
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