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Colombia Travel – Beaches of Tayrona National Park

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Colombia Travel - Arrecifes Beach in Tayrona National Park

Due to decades of civil conflict Colombia escaped most travel maps.  Today, however Colombia travel is beginning to shine; backpackers and vacationers are heading to this diverse country and loving every bit of it.  Colombia offers its visitors colonial and modern cities, outdoor adventures, coffee plantation tours, and pristine colombia beaches.  Among Colombia’s must see natural landscapes is Tayrona National Park located on the Caribbean coast, an hour from Santa Marta and 5 hours from Cartagena.

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Colombia Travel - Arrecifes Beach in Tayrona National Park

The park entrance fee is $15.50USD, which allows you to explore the park up to 5 days.  As a national park it is a protected area that covers 150 kilometers of land and 30 kilometers of maritime.  There are 4 popular Colombia beaches to visit within the park and these include Cañaveral, Arrecifes, La Piscina and El Cabo.

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Colombia Travel - Jason Climbing Boulders at Arrecifes Beach in Tayrona National Park

Keep your eyes open for howler and titi monkeys.  While walking through the park’s forest at 6am we spotted a family of titi monkeys moving across the land high in the tree tops.

Cañaveral Colombia Beach

Cañaveral is the only place which can be reached by car.  There is a small convenient store, bathrooms, and a parking lot where most people begin their hike towards the more interesting areas of the park.

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Colombia Travel - Aracely and I Enjoying the Sunset at Cabo Beach

Arrecifes Colombia Beach

After an hour walk through a wide jungle path visitors will arrive to Arrecifes, the first beach.  Arrecifes’ waters have strong riptides and the water temperature is much cooler than in Playa Blanca, near Cartagena, but the scenery is beautiful.  There are Eco-Cabanas for high scale accommodation, hammocks for rent and camping available for budget travelers.

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Colombia Travel - An old row boat has become a colorful art picture on the Beach

La Piscina Colombia Beach

A short walk north from Arrecifes is the beach of La Piscina, an area for swimming only.  The water is crystal clear with a natural, isolated setting.

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Colombia Travel - El Cabo Beach in Tayrona National Park

El Cabo Colombia Beach

Following the well marked path for another 40 minutes is El Cabo beach.  This is a large picnic and camping site located next to the ocean.  A restaurant serves all 3 meals at set times, but we considered them a bit pricey.  There is also a small convenient store that sells basic goods and snack items.  There are two lodging options in El Cabo; hammocks and tents.

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Colombia Travel - El Cabo Beach in Tayrona National Park - The Hammock Hut

If you don’t have a mosquito net, you can rent one for your hammock.

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Colombia Travel - Camping in Mosquito Net Hammock at Cabo Beach

High on a rock that jettisons out into the ocean, you can rent more expensive hammocks in a more picturesque setting, called the Hammock Hut.  From El Cabo visitors can walk 60 minutes to El Pueblito, a smaller archeological site similar to Ciudad Perdida.

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Colombia Travel - Hiking Through Tayrona National Park along the Beaches

Budget Colombia Travel

If you are traveling on a budget, avoid taxis when traveling to the park and bring your own tent and camping gear.   We suggest cooking your own food.  You will be surprised how much money you can save avoiding the expensive restaurants available in the park.

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Joy says:

I was in Parque Tayrona Christmas Eve and Christmas Day of 1996 when I was 18 years old. Thanks for bringing back great memories with those pictures.

Larry says:

I went last year; and it is cheap!!! look for the walking vendors selling chocolate bread OM NOM NOM!!! bringing your own drinking water or filter is a must

marta says:

fantastic beach! A reason more for travel to Colombia

Sean Janelle says:

Wow, I love this. I takes me back there myself. Hiking to the beaches, jumping in the blue water, picking up the fallen coconuts – I love those beaches and Tayrona as a whole. Thanks for sharing and resurfacing my memories!

adam says:

Everyone who goes to Colombia always seems to rave about it. I’ll have to get there sometime.
.-= adam´s last blog ..Hula Hooping & Comfort Zones =-.

Brian says:

Like the info. Cool that you can camp out at the beach. I would have expected that.

Connie says:

Great post! It’s always nice to see that people are traveling to Colombia and blogging about the country.
.-= Connie´s last blog ..Tcherassi Hotel and Spa in Cartagena =-.

Kyle says:

Parque Tayrona is one of my favorite places in the world. Beautiful!
.-= Kyle´s last blog ..Get Your Fingers Away from my Bum-hole! =-.

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