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A Photo Journey Through Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Tayrona National Park in Colombia sounded too good to be true.

Mountainous jungle crawling towards endless stretches of beach and blue ocean — it seemed the stuff of postcards that regularly disappoint. Now, after a two day visit, I can now tell you first hand that its exactly as everyone with wide-eyed remembrance will tell you — picture perfect paradise.

Tayrona National Park is located on the Caribbean shore of Colombia and is usually accessed from one of the two popular towns, Santa Marta and Taganga — both of which are about an hours drive.

Once you arrive at the park’s entrance, it takes about two hours to walk to the beaches, but its a leisurely hike that’s mostly flat and provides plenty of breaks for ocean-side photography and critter watching. There are several options for beaches to spend the night in hammocks or tents. I chose Cabo San Juan as its the most popular for backpackers and I was on my own — eager to find some people to enjoy the views with. Don’t be scared off by its “backpacker” label though — Cabo San Juan is the most crowded of the campgrounds but there is still plenty of room to find your spot on the beach and feel as though there’s no one there but you and the birds.

But of course, don’t take my word for it. Tayrona must be experienced first hand to understand the surprising serenity of Colombia’s most prized stretch of land.  You’ll feel like you’re King or Queen of the jungle AND the ocean, as two of the most fascinating ecosystems come together to form an awe-inspiring landscape that is yours to experience…

Tayrona National Park, Jungle meets ocean

Jungle kissing ocean…

Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park, Rocks and wild ocean

Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park, Upper Hammocks

The “Upper Hammocks” cost 25,000 COP (about $13 USD) and they’re located on top of a mountain of rocks, in a cabana overlooking the ocean. It’s prime real estate, but its also windy and COLD at night. If you’re looking to stay here, bring plenty of warm clothes and blankets.

Tayrona National Park, the view

The view from the “upper hammocks”.

Tayrona National Park, lizards

lizards, everywhere! Loved catching these guys scrambling off the path… until I realized how far we had to walk from our hammocks to a bathroom in the middle of the vey dark night. Then, not so much.

Tayrona National Park, Caribbean Ocean

I did hang out with people at some point, I swear... but after sleeping in hammocks and not showering, the animals were more photogenic.

I did hang out with people at some point, I swear… but after sleeping in hammocks and not showering, the animals were more photogenic.

Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park, paradise

It’s just so gorgeously cliche… paradise.

Tayrona National Park

Take me back to Tayrona!

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5 Responses to A Photo Journey Through Tayrona National Park, Colombia

  1. Camille March 12, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    Tayrona is definitely a slice of beauty and is now even more special for me as I went there last week with my boyfriend and he proprosed at Cabo San Juan!

    I`m glad you had a great time and I hope you continue enjoy your travels in Colombia and may you have a different response to Bogota this time around.

    • Britany Robinson March 12, 2013 at 9:27 pm #

      Congratulations Camille! What a perfect spot for a proposal! (Oh yes and I definitely changed my mind about Bogota. Loved it the second time.)

  2. Steve @ Backpacker Report November 25, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    you’re so lucky that you got to stay in the upper hammocks! i wanted to stay in the upper ones too but the entire campsite was full so we retreated back to the first campsite area. it was still nice, but not nearly as scenic.
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  3. Flora @ Flora the Explorer January 24, 2014 at 4:42 am #

    Stunning shots Britany! I didn’t make it to Tayrona the first time I went to Colombia – luckily I’m heading back next month so will have to make it a priority!
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