Hotel Tamaca Beach Resort

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

Cra 2 # 11A - 98, El Rodadero, Santa Marta, Colombia
Hotel Tamaca Beach Resort
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  • Business60

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Could you please tell me how I can arrive to Tairona´s park in Santa Marta?


by MalenaN

Buses are leaving for the entrance of Tyrona National Park from Santa Marta market place, in the corner of Calle 11/Carrera 11. They are leaving about every half an hour between 7 - 15. The price is 4000 pesos (August 2008) and it takes a little bit more than an hour. The bus will drop you at the road to Cañaveral. There the military will look at your passport/document and search your bag. From there you walk 20 metres up to the place where you pay the entrance fee to the National Park. There you also take a jeep, or truck, the last 4 - 5 km to the park (Cañaveral). The car leaves when there is enough people and it cost 2000 pesos.
Then you have to walk. To Arrecifes it took me 40 minutes, and to Cabo San Juan another 35 minutes. Depends where you are going though!


by the___gecko

just in regards to the cop bag search, theyre after ganja. if your a smoker like most back packers are, just hide it somewhere like your camera case or somewhere similar.

dont hide it down your jocks though. ive been there 3 times and once the fagot cop grabbed me by the goolies a few times over. first time i assumed it was for drugs but when he did it again i realized he was a fully fledged shirt lifter abusing his position as a law enforcer for perverted homosexual pleasure.

im sure he and his poofter mate gave each other head after there shift.

enjoy tayrona though, without doubt the number 1 beach paradise in the world that ive experienced.

Travel Tips for Santa Marta

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by call_me_rhia

Santa marta, the main city of the Magdalena state.. one of those places I wish I had not visited...
Admitedly it is scenically located in a nice bay surrounded by the Sierra nevada mountains, but the charm ends here. it's supposed to be the oldest city in Colombia - but more than old, it looks badly run down. We found nothing of interest to be visited while roaming around town, so we headed to the calle where all the money exchanges are supposed to be, I don't remember if it's calle 13 or 14.

Anyway, all the money exchange offices except one (casa de hierro) changed dollars, at the worst rate ever in Colombia. It is still not quite clear what the other exchange offices change... Cocaine? Stones? Fresh Air? There's also a private exchange office, which was turning away people because it was not exchanging money. Does it make sense? We withdrew money from an ATM machine.

Then we headed for the Rodadero... where everyone seems to spend their vacations (included a trusted friend). Hell: miles and miles of high-rise all-inclusive and all-expensive hotels and a mediocre beach. Not quite our scene, again. It took us three hours to decide to leave Santa marta on the spot. Just to give you an idea of how sad Santa marta is... on the seafront promenade, while waiting for a bus or taxi to head to Taganga, we came across some prostitutes - not so young and so fat. We wonder who would pay a cent to go with them.

Still, as we were waiting, the other priceless moment... there was a ragged homeless sleeping on the pavement a few metres from us. Suddenly we see a local young man heading towards the homeless and putting his hands in his pocket, stealing from him a couple of 100 pesos coins (roughly rougly 12 cents).

Moral of the story: do stay away from Santa Marta.

Archeological tips and people behavior

by diditi

The whole archeological vestiges found in the park, show a high adaptation level about the use of tecourses of that wide coastal border: in fact, their settlements occupy a lot of microenvironments from the thorny and dry coastal forest until the exuberant cloudy tropical forest.

The Tayrona's prosperous communities had reached a complex and effective comercial system which stimulated the exploitation of several recourses and goods production from their specialized coastal economy: the Tagangas, skilful firshermen like the Busincas and Chairamas, provided a lot of fish to cities and little towns of the Sierra Nevada, set theirselves up as an important pillar of the Tayrona's urban system.

Lost City Trek (La Ciudad Perdida)

by darthmilmo

The Lost City is an archeological sight situated deep in the mountains near Sta Marta. The trek is one of the best in South America. You get to live so many childhood fantasies it's unreal. Read about this amazing trek in my Ciudad Perdida page. If you have time for one trek in Colombia, this is it!


by MalenaN

Taganga was my first stop in Colombia and I was surprised to see so many backpackers there. I had expected that there was going to be quite a lot of foreign tourists in Taganga, but not so many. It is a nice place to visit but I would not have stayed so many days (a week) if it hadn’t been for the diving.

Taganga is situated only 5 km away from Santa Marta and many tourists come to Taganga just over the day from Santa Marta. It is a small fishing village and by the beach there are many fishing boats and at the restaurants you can eat fresh fried fish. In the early evening you can watch the fisherman selling their daily catch at the beach. Taganga is beautifully situated in a horseshoe-shaped bay with hills around. If your not diving there is a small beach in the village and another beach a 15 minutes walk away. It is a place for relaxing, reading in the hammocks at the hostels, sitting in a bar or just hanging on the beach.


by mtncorg

There is a long beach that fronts the city of Santa Marta. The water was warm and the surf insignificant on the day that I visited. Most beach goers head north to Taganga or to the south to the more upscale Rodedero where coal dust is not so evident in the air.


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Address: Cra 2 # 11A - 98, El Rodadero, Santa Marta, Colombia