Parque Tayrona: Sweaty and sticky, but an idyllic day trip
In search of wilderness and exceptional, magical and memorable experiences, we usually tend not to follow the “top 10, 15, 25 / best things to do” lists. We prefer going off-the-beaten-paths and finding our own adventures. However, this doesn’t mean we completely skip sites, landmarks and places that are “special” but touristy. Come on…I’ve visited the Taj Mahal twice — in the name of love and romance and all that — loved it both times, and highly recommend it!
So, whilst deciding the places to explore in Colombia, Jason and I had a very heated discussion about whether or not to go to Parque Tayrona (also known as Tayrona National Park). The reason for this heated discussion was that we had a short period of time to cover a lot of North Colombia before heading down South to meet our mates who were visiting us from London (they couldn’t visit Colombia in the end — another story worth reading!). As always, I managed to persuade Jason to visit Parque Tayrona. How? Well, we were only going to Boca de Camarones because he wanted to see the pink long featured birds, and I used that as leverage — I am not even ashamed of it!
Anyhow, getting to Parque Tayrona was fairly straightforward, it’s a bus drive from Santa Marta. Go to the public market or transport terminal of Santa Marta and take a bus to La Guajira or Palomino. Just get off at any of the two park entrances El Zaino (open 8am-5pm) and Calabazo (open 6am-2pm) — we got off at the El Zaino entrance.
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