Santa Marta and Tayrona National Park

Santa Marta is the capital of the department of Magdalena and third largest urban city of the Caribbean Region of Colombia after Barranquilla and Cartagena. Fairly recently, the Colombian government has also spent plenty of money to revamp the city’s parks and public areas and converting the streets into pedestrian-friendly zones. Since the government started investing money into the city, investors started coming in droves – pouring money into restaurateurs, hotels, real estate, bars and clubs. Investments have also been made to restore the city's charming 500 year colonial architecture.

 

Because of world class yachting and scuba diving opportunities, Santa Marta is a great destination in its own right, however, for many people it is also a jumping off point to nearby Minca, Taganga, Tayrona National Park and Ciudad Perdida.

 

 

 

El Rodadero Santa Marta Colomiba

Santa Marta

Founded in 1525 by Spanish Conquistadors, Santa Marta is one of the oldest colonial cities in Latin America and one of the most popular places for Colombians and international visitors. Santa Marta sits alongside busy white-sand beaches with its back drop to the Sierra Nevada Mountains and its many historical locations, the city is a great place to visit and a jumping-off point to nearby Minca, Taganga, Tayrona National Park and Ciudad Perdida.

 

Sunrise Morning Taganga Santa Marta Colombia

Taganga

Taganga is a beautiful horseshoe-shaped bay and small fishing village just north of Santa Marta. The beach is packed with boats, bars, and restaurants that serve fresh seafood dishes. Playa Grande, a magnificent bay just northwest of the village, is a short walk away. Taganga is fast developing into a scuba-diving hub, where you can charter one of the numerous boats heading out to the tropical reefs.

 

Playa Arnilla

Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park is a sanctuary of nature and archaeological and a cultural treasure. The park incorporates a variety of environments from boulder strewn beaches, mangrove swamps, coral reefs, and humid cloud forests are home to a surprising variety of plant and animal species.

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Many locations in Colombia are only accessible by connecting through Bogotá's El Dorado International Airport, but direct flights to your chosen Colombian destination may be possible and/or more economical. We will choose the most economical option available to you.

Santa Marta & Taganga

Day2

 

We will pick you up Santa Marta's Simón Bolívar International Airport (SMR) and take you to your hotel where you will check in.

 

 

 

 

Suggested Itinerary:

We suggest you start the day with the Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino Tour, which includes visiting Plaza de Bolivar and Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino. Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino The rest of the afternoon and evening is up to you. Later in the evening, we recommend taking a short trip over to Taganga Taganga Bay for an early evening swim, fresh seafood and night of dancing.

 

Many other fun and interesting activities and short trips are available in and surrounding Santa Marta. Click the Activities Icon below to see what's available.

 

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Taganga

Day3

 

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Suggested Itinerary:

In Taganga the day's activities are up to you. We recommend going for a swim in the warm waters of the bay, or even better, take a short boat ride over to Playa Grande.

 

Enjoy delicious fresh seafood and maybe a few drinks while watching the spectacular sunset over Taganga Bay. Later that night when you feel the need to party, walk up to El Mirador Nightclub. Besides the great music and drinks, the rooftop vantage point at El Mirador offers superb views of Taganga Bay. Taganga Bay

 

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Tayrona National Park

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Suggested Itinerary:

After breakfast, we will take the 30 minute scenic drive into the base of the Sierra Nevados arriving at the main entrance into Tayrona National Park. From the entrance you trek along a well-maintained path, arriving at the sprawling beach of Arrecifes after about 1 hour. On the path, we are likely to see many different species of birds, including parrots and macaws, reptiles, monkeys, including Howlers, Capuchins and Tamarins, Coatis and other forest mammals, and if we are lucky (and quiet) perhaps something more exotic like an Ocelot or Oncilla.

 

Horseback

Another option is to travel to Arrecifes by horseback. The horse route is much more open, and you are less likely to see animal life, but it's still a beautiful trip, lots of fun and you can conserve energy for the hike up to Pueblito.

 

Either by hoof or hiking boots, your experienced guide will point out interesting facts about Tayrona's incredibly diverse flora and fauna and tell you about the rich cultural history of the region. After exploring Arrecifes head to La Picina (Spanish name literally means "the pool). Here, the calm and sheltered bay makes a beautiful and safe place for a swim. If you brought snorkeling gear Picina is also a good place to snorkel if the conditions are right.

 

Next we visit Cabo San Juan de Guia  Cabo San Juan with it's giant boulder strewn beaches bordered by dense tropical forests. Cabo San Juan deserves its reputation as being the most beautiful beach of Tayrona National Park. This is a great place to grab something to eat or drink before we head up the mountain to Pueblito.

 

The path to the Indian ruins of El Pueblito is spectacular and offers fantastic views of the mountains and jungle. This is another great opportunity to view colorful butterflies, birds and reptiles and perhaps spot the rare and endangered Cotton Top Tamarin - the area is the last place in the world where these 1/2 pint sized primate still survives in the wild.

 

The ancient Tayrona indigenous site is worthy of a few hours exploration. From the stone plazas of Pueblito, in the cooler mountain air, it's fun to try to imagine what life must have been like there 500 hundred years ago.

 

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Santa Marta

Day5

 

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Depending on your city and country of origin, after breakfast, we will return to Santa Marta's airport.

 

This doesn't have to be your last day. Consider adding more to this part of your Itinerary.

 

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Add activities: Make your trip to Colombia AdvenTour even more interesting with these add-on activities. Simply choose the ones you like and we will automatically add them to your package.

Add extra days: As long as you are so close, consider adding one or more extra days to that part of the itinerary to accommodate the extra activities and short tours.

 
Santa Marta's El Rodadero Beach photo by Roj Ecco

Santa Marta/Taganga + day(s)

There are plenty of fun and interesting activities and short tours to do around Santa Marta. Check out what's available and consider adding another day to this part of the itinerary.


Included:

• Accommodations

• Breakfast(s)

• Transfers to locations & activities

 
Price is each way for a minimum of two people together
+ US$ 120
per person
Fishing sailfish the Caribbean Colombia

Santa Marta/Taganga

Sport Fishing

3.5 hours

There are a number of great spots near Santa Marta and Taganga where you can catch Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, Wahoo, Black fin Tuna, Yellow-fin Tuna, Kingfish and Barracuda among others.

 

Included:

  • • Expert fishing guide
  • • Transfers to locations & activities
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  • Arrange to have your catch prepared for you any way you like it. FRESH Sushi or Ceviche anyone?
 
Price per person for a minimum of 2 guests traveling together
+ US$ 120
per person
Blue Tang

Santa Marta/Taganga

Snorkeling in the Caribbean

4 hours

The waters off the coast of Taganga and Tayrona National Park are ideal for snorkeling because they are clear, warm and filled with marine life. Since most of the reef's fauna is above 50 ft you will be able to see a plethora of marine life even from the safety of the surface.

 

Included:

  • • Expert instructor/guide
  • • Mask, fins and snorkel rental
  • • Snacks, Juices and water
  • • Transfers to locations & activities
 
Price per person for a minimum of 2 guests traveling together
+ US$ 45
per person
Hawksbill

Santa Marta/Taganga

Scuba Diving

4 hours

This part of the southern Caribbean is one of the most beautiful aquatic scenes in the world thanks to the multitude of wildlife that can be seen there including sea turtles, octopus, large schools of fish and a wide variety of corals.

 

Included:

  • • Expert diving instructor/guide
  • • Full scuba equipment package
  • • Snacks, Juices and water
  • • Transfers to locations & activities
 
Price per person for a minimum of 2 guests traveling together
+ US$ 65
per person
Cabo de la Vela

Santa Marta/Taganga

Mountain Biking the Sierra Nevadas

8 hours

The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountain area is world renowned as being one of the best places in the world to mountain bike. This tour includes a challenging 25 miles of pure downhill, crossing 3 different climatic zones and accompanied by jaw dropping beautiful views of the mountains and forests all the way to the Caribbean Sea. Not into the "challenging" part? Our mountain-bike tours come in three flavors – Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

 

Included:

  • • Expert bilingual guide
  • • Transfers to locations & activities
  • • Full suspension mountain bike
  • • Helmet and pads
  • • Lunch, snacks, fruit juices, coffee   and water
  • • Entrance fees
 
Price per person for a minimum of 2 guests traveling together
+ US$ 45
per person
Don Diego River photo by Cedric Favero

Santa Marta

Tayronaka River Adventure

6-8 hours

Enjoy vivid natural green landscapes and with their unique secrets. The lands surrounding the Don Diego River are among the last places on earth that still retain their virgin forests. This activity provides a uniquely intimate experience with our natural world as you float down the river in kayaks or inner tubes (your choice) to the sea. On this journey, you can see howler monkeys, a huge variety of birds, butterflies, reptiles, and mammals as they come to the shores of the river to drink from the clean and refreshing waters.

 
Included:

• Expert bilingual guide

• Kayaks or inner tubes

• Transfers to locations & activities

• Entrance into all parks

• Lunch, snacks, fruit juices, coffee   and water

 
Price per person for a minimum of 2 guests traveling together.

+ US$ 55
per person
Ciudad Perdida Lost City Colombia

Santa Marta

Lost City Adventure (Cuidad Perdida)

4-6 days

Our Lost City AdvenTour is the "pinnacle" of adventure tours for Colombia. Hiking trails meander through virgin rainforests, crossing rivers, streams, and waterfalls where you can take refreshing and invigorating swims. This is an unparalleled opportunity to behold the incredible biological diversity of Colombia’s coastal forests. This is a journey met for moderately in shape people, but efforts are rewarded upon your arrival at the magical and ancient site that is “Ciudad Perdida."

 

Included:

• Expert Spanish speaking guide

• 3 meals per day

• Fruit juices, coffee and water

• Lodging in tents and fincas

Price per person for a minimum of 2 guests traveling together.
+ US$ 365
per person
Minca and the Sierra Nevadas de santa marta Colombia

Minca + day(s)

There are plenty of fun and interesting activities and short tours to do around Minca. Check out what's available and consider adding another day to this part of the itinerary.


Included:

• Accommodations

• Breakfast(s)

• Transfers to locations & activities

 
Price is each way for a minimum of two people together
+ US$ 120
per person
Minca Waterfall Cascadas Colombia

Minca

Nature and Coffee Tour

6 hours

This guided tour starts with a stroll through the village combined with a cup of coffee at a charming and charismatic coffee shop then to Las Piedras Restaurant, where you can literally have lunch IN the Minca River. After lunch, we’ll visit the La Victoria Coffee Plantation. Founded in 1892, it is the oldest coffee plantation in Colombia. After our plantation tour (and more coffee), we’ll begin our nature trek including stops at Pozos Azules, Las Cascadas and lastly a breathtakingly beautiful hike into a cloud forest offering spectacular mountain views as a reward.

 

Included:

• Expert bilingual guide

• Transfers to locations & activities

• Lunch, snacks, fruit juices, coffee   and water

• Entrance fees

 

Price for a minimum of 2 guests traveling together.

+ US$ 65
per person
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Colombia

Minca

Trek to Cerro Kennedy

6 hours

Astounding views of the highest coastal snow-capped mountain range in the world with the aquamarine waters of the Caribbean Sea in the distance awaits you in this tropical biologically intense paradise. You’ll have the chance to explore sacred indigenous lands surrounded by a myriad of colors, sights and sounds as exotic butterflies and birds accompany every step.

 

Included:

• Expert bilingual guide

• Transfers to locations & activities

• Lunch, snacks, fruit juices, coffee   and water

• Entrance fees

 

Price for a minimum of 2 guests traveling together.

+ US$ 65
per person
Chlorophonia Cyanea photo by Alonso Quevedo Gil

Minca

El Dorado Bird Reserve

4 hours

El Dorado is a 1,600-acre reserve situated in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range, and is the sole accessible subtropical to montane forest in the Sierra Nevada. Named after the legendary city of gold, El Dorado is the "holy grail" for birding in the Americas. The reserve hosts the highest concentration of continental range-restricted bird species found anywhere in the world.

 

Included:

• Expert bilingual guide

• Transfers to locations & activities

• Lunch, snacks, fruit juices, coffee   and water

• Park entrance fees

 

Price for a minimum of 2 guests traveling together.

+ US$ 45
per person
Cabo de la Vela

Santa Marta/Taganga

Mountain Biking the Sierra Nevadas

8 hours

The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountain area is world renowned as being one the best places in the world to mountain bike. This tour includes a challenging 25 miles of pure downhill, crossing 3 different climatic zones and accompanied by jaw dropping beautiful views of the Mountains and forests all the way to the Caribbean Sea. Not into the "challenging" part? Our mountain bike tours come in 3 flavors – Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

 

Included:

  • • Expert bilingual guide
  • • Transfers to locations & activities
  • • Full suspension mountain bike
  • • Helmet and pads
  • • Lunch, snacks, fruit juices, coffee   and water
  • • Entrance fees into parks and points   of interest
 
Price per person for a minimum of 2 guests traveling together
+ US$ 65
per person

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Destination - Santa Marta/Taganga, Tayrona, 4 days

Destinations

Santa Marta, Taganga and Tayrona (4 days)

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  • Split Air-Conditioner
  • Hot and cold shower
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  • Private balcony with hammock and view to the forest
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