Hey, back to my trip to Colombia.
I headed over to Parque Nacional Natural (PNN) Tayrona aka Tayrona National Park. It was pretty awesome, and has been covered well by some great blogs as you can see here:
- Globetrotter Girls
- Miss Tourist
- Sinmapa (en español)
- Dejarlo todo para viajar (español)
- El Tiempo (artículo en español)
All these blogs and many more should answer most of your questions. I was still looking for a good trail map. The best one I found was here:
I dutifully printed it out and brought it with me and then forgot I had it and ended up on a horse path on the way back. Oops. It’s not 100% correct to say that there is one trail and that you won’t get lost, but you won’t get, like, lost in the jungle lost. It looked like most people were getting a pamphlet when they paid their admissions that had a map on it. I didn’t get one and then I didn’t want to wait in line again to ask, but I suggest asking for that when you’re there.
DEFINITELY take the van from the entrance to the trail head. I saw most blogs suggesting this but I would say it’s a must. Also not that it mattered but I had read we would watch a video before entering but that didn’t happen. There was a video while we waited in a short line to pay the admission, but it’s not like you had to sit in a room and watch a movie. I was given a wristband I was told to wear and keep the receipt with me. The only time anyone checked this was right in the same admissions area.
BUGS/MOSQUITOS: I didn’t see any biting bugs. Supposedly I was there in dry season (beginning of March). The only place I saw a mosquito was back at my hotel outside of Santa Marta. I’d nevertheless suggest covering up anyway and using bug spray and sunscreen. I was not asked for proof of a yellow fever vaccine (March, 2018).
Is it a must-see? Like many of life’s conundrums, I don’t think there is one right answer. I wouldn’t call it crowded but there was no time when I was not in sight of other people. The beaches were gorgeous, but they were kind of a project to get to. I think it’s worth seeing but if you were short on time, had difficulty moving around, or weren’t doing anything else nearby, I think you could skip it without regrets. On the other hand, the hike was cool and the people I did see were chill backpackers from all over. And I saw monkeys.
I only did a day trip so if you were staying over you might have a totally different experience. Agree? Disagree? Questions? Does anyone have any interest in what I wore? LMK. -caro