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Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Updated on February 28, 2013
Tayrona National Park
Tayrona National Park | Source

The Tayrona National Park of Colombia is 34 km from the city of Santa Marta on the Caribbean Sea. The park was once the home of the Tayrona indigenous people. The park comprises 12,000 hectares of land and 3,000 hectares of sea. The park extends along the Caribbean Sea and into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. There is an amazing amount of bio-diversity within the park.

A popular way to view the park is by trekking through the park and visiting the various sites along the way. There are accommodations for sleeping and eating along the way. The main sites are Canaveral, Arrecifes, La Piscina, and El Cabo. They are all breathtakingly beautiful. To enter the park, one has to take a bus or a taxi from Santa Marta to the park entrance. The first site in the trek is La Piscina, about a one and a half hour walk.

La Piscina is a beach within the park. The water part of the beach is well protected and is relatively calm, therefore it has adopted the name La Piscina, which means the pool in English. La Piscina is a great place for the family to take a swim without the worry of currents and large waves. Therefore this is a favorite site for families to visit.

La Piscina
La Piscina | Source

Arrecifes is another beach location. It is a particularly gorgeous beach. At Arrecifes there are dangerous currents in the sea, so swimming is not allowed, but the viewing is fantastic. That makes this site more desirable to view and take pictures.

Canaveral is a popular location to visit because it is the only site in the park that is accessible by car. At Canaveral there are some excellent costal views and there are also some archeological sites to see. Canaveral is usually not viewed on a trek through the park, but best visited by a short bus ride.

El Cabo is the most beautiful beach with its amazing rock formations, and it is the most crowded. The water currents are not too strong there, so it is safe for swimming. El Cabo is a beach that is the most photographed.

El Cabo
El Cabo | Source

There are accommodations for sleeping and eating along the trek, including camping. The food and the drinks within the park are generally more expensive.

Tayrona National Park Beach
Tayrona National Park Beach | Source

Colombia has many national parks that are very memorable experiences and wonderful places to visit. The Tayrona National Park has some of the most pristine beaches of the Caribbean. That makes this park a very popular attraction for Colombians and tourists alike. The national parks of Colombia are preserved and protected by the government of Colombia. If one is visiting Colombia, the Tayrona National Park is a must see attraction. To see some amazing pictures of this remarkable national park, just visit:

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