Parque Tayrona Transportation

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    getting there was easy

    by richiecdisc Written Dec 3, 2010

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    thinking of coming by boat? Think again.

    Tayrona is easily reached from nearby Santa Marta on buses leaving from the market at Carerra 11 & Calle 11. We paid 5000 COP ($2.50) for the one hour trip. From the road you are dropped off at it is about an hour walk to the first accommodation option. Alternatively, there are shuttle buses that ply the 10 minute trip for only 2000 COP ($1). From the drop off in Canaveral, you can also hire horses to various points up the coast. It is not expensive by western standards but if traveling around South America on a budget it's certainly much cheaper to walk the very pleasant and relatively short trail.

    It's only 45 minutes to Arrecefes and a horse there will cost you about 20,000 COP ($10). How much time could you really save? If you want one all the way to Pueblito and back, it will set you back well over $50. While I guess you'll see a lot of the park, it will be fleeting at best. It might be better to see a little less of it but at a slower pace so you can enjoy it. Anyone with a reasonable amount of fitness can walk to Cabo San Juan de la Guia and back out of the park in one day in a full day. You could certainly do the park as a long day trip and see a fair amount but with a 34000 COP ($17) entrance fee why not stay a few days and enjoy the amazing scenery a bit longer.

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    Bus - Riohacha to Parque Tayrona

    by mircaskirca Updated Oct 9, 2009

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    The bus terminal in Riohacha is at the corner of Avenida El Progreso and Carrera 11, some 15-minute walk from Panorama hotel where we were staying. The ladies at the reception told us we could also stop a bus at the crossroad on the way. This would save us some walking in the heat which was almost unbearable during the day (we took an afternoon bus).

    There are buses from Riohacha to Santa Marta and Baranquilla every 30 minutes and the company that runs is Expreso Brasilia. The journey takes about two hours. We asked the driver to drop us off at the entrance of the park.

    The landscape changes a lot during the journey, from the desertlike La Guajira peninsula in the extreme north of the country to Santa Marta mountains with lush green vegetation, which alone was already worth a trip.

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    Bus - Parque Tayrona to Barranquilla

    by mircaskirca Updated Sep 27, 2009

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    There are frequent buses from Riohacha to Santa Marta and Barranquilla and all of them pass by the entrance of Parque Tayrona. The company that runs is Expreso Brasilia. The bus doesn't always stop automatically so you have to wave with your hand to show the driver that you would like to go on the bus. You buy the ticket on the bus and I was surprised by how easy it was to negotiate about the price. I was travelling with my Colombian friend Donna and this was actually her idea. But it worked.

    After less than one hour of driving we made a short stop in Santa Marta and then continued to Barranquilla. All together the journey took about three hours.

    The bus terminal in Barranquilla is located 7 km from the city centre. By urban bus it took almost an hour to get there.

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    To Tayrona National Park from Santa Marta

    by MalenaN Written Jan 25, 2009

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    The path to Arrecifes

    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 CaƱaveral. There the military will look at your passport (or the copy of the passport) and search your bag. From there you walk 20 metres up to the place where you pay the entrance fee to the National Park (25 000 pesos for foreigners). There you also take a jeep, or truck, the last 4 - 5 km to the park. 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. It felt safe to walk the path alone and I was meeting a lot of people (and donkeys) along the way.

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    Boat to Tayrona

    by flynboxes Written Jan 6, 2009

    From Taganga you can catch a boat to the park. I did not do this but talked to a dutch guy that did and he had mixed feelings about it. The ocean can be a bit rough getting there and the guys that drive the boats take a direct route which can make for a bumpy and wet ride.
    The one thing he suggested was to take a plastic bag for your stuff since everyone on the boat he was on got soaked....the driver must have hit every wave he could find. He also said to hang on as turns can be a bit sudden and you don't want to fall out of the boat.
    If you are looking for some fun and don't mind getting a little wet then give it a try.
    Just ask around the docks in Taganga and you should have no problem finding a ride into the park.

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    Getting there

    by flynboxes Written Jan 5, 2009

    One of the best ways to get here is by bus from the station in Santa Marta. There are numerous buses headed up the coast and the ride should only cost you a couple bucks. Make sure that you let the driver know what gate you want to get off at Zaino was where I was supposed to get off but I forgot to remind the driver and when I realised that we passed it I got him to let me off a few miles up the coast. The driver was cool about it though and negotiated with a local who had a motor bike to give me a ride back to the park entrance.
    On the way back from the park just flag one of the many buses going by. One will probably stop and pick you up. I paid half as much getting back this way than I did getting there as the bus that picked me up was being ferried empty back to Santa Marta when they picked me up. I only had to wait 10-15 min for a ride back to SM.

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    Around

    by flynboxes Written Jan 5, 2009
    In the back of the jeep

    From the Zaino gate you can walk, catch a cab or there might be a local with a jeep around that will give you are ride which takes 10 min or so. If you want to walk it...its about 45 min to Canaveral on a paved road. I took the jeep in but walked out since the jeep was not around. There were cab drivers that offered me rides but the price they wanted to Santa Marta made me thing they were smoking or snorting something.

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    walk your way

    by call_me_rhia Updated Aug 7, 2008

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    Although it's possible to rent horses to get inside the park, most people prefer to walk.. and it's such a pleasant walk through dense rainforest. The offical park timing says that it takes 45 minutes to reach Arrecife, 20 more minutes to La Piscina and some other 25 to cabo San Juan. In total it is 1 hour and a half - but if you like pushing it a little bit you can make all the walk in 1 hour.

    The path is really good and you'll only need a pair of sports shoes... hiking boots are really not that useful in Tayrona... we've also seen some people wearng slippers or flip flops, but they did not look very comfortable. From Cabo San Juan, according to the official signs it's one hour to reach the ruins of the Pueblito. However I can't confirm it as we did not go there.

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    Try the local life...

    by Lodestar Written Nov 18, 2002

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    If money is not a big issue with you, you might want to try riding a mule or a horse, which you can rent from the village in the middle of the park. the price is a round 15 000 pesos, but it makes it easier to see more of the park...

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    Make it easier on yourself

    by Lodestar Written Nov 18, 2002

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    you might want to take a "taxi" for 1300 pesos from the enterance to the middle of the park, since you will have to walk for 3 kilometres to the camping grounds by the beach anyways. the hike altogether would be 7 km, which is not that short of a distance considering the climate...

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    Getting there and around

    by darthmilmo Written Oct 3, 2002

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    Several buses, trucks, and other vehicles use the Carribean coastal highway of Colombia. The easiest starting point would be Santa Marta were you can find a bus going to Calabazo (takes about 1 hour). There are taxis that can take you from the main entrance of the park to CaƱaveral, thus saving you an hour or two hike.

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