Day Trips in Santa marta

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Visit the Tayrona National Park

Santa Marta is a great tourist destination by itself, but it also offers some great Santa Marta Day Trips. One of them is the trip to the magnificent Tayrona National Park. The park is a natural preserve protected by the authorities of the Magdalena Department (the capital of which is Santa Marta). It is located around 34 km northeast of the city, with the road to Riohacha directly leading to the entrance of the park. Tayrona National Park has a total area of 180 square kilometers, with 150 square kilometers of land and 30 square kilometers of sea.

Practical Information

The entrance fee for foreigners is about $10, which is more than double than the fee for locals. However, it is worth every cent, since the park offers some truly breathtaking nature views. If you want to go inside with your vehicle, you’ll have to pay an additional fee of $3. The main gathering point for tourists is the Cañaveral site. It has two nice yet affordable restaurants, and a camping area with 76 campsites and several indigenous-styled cabins (called "ecohabs"). An ecohab for four people costs around $44 nightly.

Things to Do

The Tayrona National Park offers numerous recreational activities. Various nature trails are available for hiking and about 9 different bays offer sunbathing, diving and snorkeling opportunities. Once in Tayrona, you should definitely explore the Chairama City archeological site and its Archeological Museum. Chairama was an ancient indigenous settlement abandoned in the 16th century.

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