Having an unrivaled architectural heritage, Santa Marta is perfect starting point to visit Tayrona National Park or visiting the “Lost City”. There is a small beach and boulevard, Santander Park and Bolivar Square are pleasant places to stroll around. Santa Marta’s climate is hot, but the sea breeze makes it pleasant to just sip from a fresh fruit juice or cocktail in one of the various open-air cafes.
GATEWAY TO A JEWEL OF COLOMBIAN NATURE
Tayrona is located on Colombia’s northern Caribbean Coast and covers 46 sq. miles (120 sq.km) on land and an additional 11.5 sq.miles (30 sq.km) underwater but much of the park still isn’t easily accessible. The National Park gets its name from the Tayrona Indians, one of South America’s greatest pre-Columbian civilizations. This area was a major trading center for the Tayrona, whose population once exceeded a million. A long string of beaches stretch for around 5 miles (8km) from the entrance of the National Park, bounded by Cañaveral to the east and ending with the famous Cabo San Juan to the west.
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Santa Marta & Tayrona National Park
Historical City Center
Santa Marta was the first city on Colombian territory and one of the oldest cities in the continent. The historical center is romantic, colonial and very well preserved. The Cathedral, the Santo Domingo Convent and the Tayrona Gold Museum are historical, traditional sites.
Yachting or Sailing
A great option is have lunch or dinner at Marina Santa Marta, then heading out along the coastal city and out to visit Tayrona National Park. There are a range of boating options for different traveler or group type, we recommend a handful of yachts and sailboats.
Taganga is a small fishing village and perhaps most famous for its impressive views of the Caribbean and surrounding mountains. It’s well known for scuba diving and snorkeling. Enjoy walking the tiny town or unwind on Playa Grande, Bonito Gordo, or Bahia Cocha.
Tayrona National Park
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Best times to
visit Santa Marta & Tayrona
In general all year round is good to visit Santa Marta and the Tayrona National Park. The days are slightly hot but the evening sea breezes and the balmy Caribbean nights will make up for it. The temperature varies between 77°F (25°C) and 86°F (30°C), depending on the location and elevation.
The summertime of June, July, August and September are the months that most people choose to visit Colombia and therefore is when Santa Marta and Tayrona are the busiest. There are two rainy seasons from May to June and from September to November, with the heaviest rainfall in the last two months of the monsoon, not usually all-day deluges but a few hours of rain everyday which make Santa Marta quite enchanting and newly washed each day.
Every year between July and August, the Sea Festival takes place in Santa Marta and is where visitors can enjoy and learn more about the Colombian Caribbean culture. There are different activities like music concerts, parades on the streets and the famous parade of boats sailing around Santa Marta bay and gastronomic festival
HOW TO GET THERE
The Simón Bolívar airport is less than 10 miles (16km) south of the Santa Marta and has non-stop flights to and from Bogota and Medellin.
Santa Marta’s bus terminal is on the southeastern outskirts of the city with several daily connections to Bogotá (18 hours), Cartagena (4 hours) and Medellin (15 hours).
To reach the Tayrona National Park you can take a bus from Santa Marta and ask the bus driver to drop you off at the National Park entrance. It is about a 1 hour journey and one that can’t be missed. You can also take the bus to the closer town of Calabozo which is another entrance to the Tayrona National Park.
Unlike bigger cities in Colombia, taxis in Santa Marta generally do not run on a meter with payments range from a set price for a “lift” (usually a ride no more than 10 minutes) to higher prices depending on where you want to go. If you meet someone who ‘knows’ a taxi driver, this can be a good opportunity to negotiate a price to where you want to visit while staying in Santa Marta.
In the Tayrona National Park, Castilletes, the first point reached after entering from El Zaíno, offers peaceful camping with sea views. Cañaveral has some luxurious accommodation offerings and Arrecifes is mainly popular with families and those wanting to have some peace and quiet. Cabo San Juan del Guía is the most popular spot with budget travelers.
WHERE TO STAY
With Colombia’s growth in tourism, Santa Marta has experienced a real boom in accommodation offerings from comfortable B&Bs to luxurious and boutique hotels, so you’ll have plenty of choice.
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