If you have ventured up to the Caribbean coast a day hike through the majestic Tayrona National Park is something not to be missed. Located less than an hour from the coastal city of Santa Marta and can be easily reached by bus or by private transportation.
One important thing is that the park is closed between 1 – 3 times per year so it can have a breather from the tourists. This year (before 2020 was turned into disarray) it has been scheduled to close for a few weeks in February, June and October.
Tayrona has a variety of beautiful beaches, clean, clear, and calm water for swimming around La Piscinita and Cabo San Juan, Arrecifes is more on the rough side.
As you hike through the lush tropical rainforest be sure to be on the lookout for a wide array of wildlife including endemic monkeys, giant iguanas, and many beautiful birds. There are said to be Jaguars but the closest you get might just be a paw print.
For culture & history lovers don´t miss the hike up to the Pueblito ruins which are an archaeological site, with terraces and structures constructed by the Tayrona civilization.
Tayrona can get extremely busy especially over the peak period of December & January so be sure to keep this in mind.