The Tayrona National Natural Park is one of the most visited natural places in Colombia, this location is surrounded by a dense tropical forest, diversity in flora and fauna, surrounded by wonderful rivers that embellish the ecosystem and its wonderful beaches which have a warm and crystal clear sea. In this park there are places of indigenous settlement along the beaches with totally green and natural paths.
In the Tayrona Park we are going to find places considered as a natural reserve of this wonderful ecosystem, places which are unknown for many people such as: Chengue Beach, Gairaca Beach, Cinto Beach, Guachaquita and Palmarito. We also find places or beaches totally dedicated to tourism and all its dependencies, such as: Bahia Concha, Neguanje Beach, Cristal Beach, Cabo San Juan, Cañaveral, which with its coral white sand beaches, delimited by rocky atolls, mangroves, bushes or forests, bathed by the crystal clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, are part of the many attractions that Tayrona National Park offers, in addition to its excellent cuisine and most importantly; the places of Indigenous settlements, such as Pueblito Chairama, an ancestral place and typical of the ancient Tayronas.
In pre-Columbian times, a complex system of roads in stones communicated the settlements of the coast, like Pueblito Chayrama, with populations of the Sierra Nevada from Santa Marta and allowed to exchange salt and sea shells, necessary for the (mambeo) of coca, (to chew coca leaves mixed with a special powder made out of seashells), for agricultural products and gold manufactures made out of semiprecious stones from Sierra Nevada.
This park is a wonderful place to venture into an ecological and cultural Trekking or simply to relax in a hammock or a campsite under the sun of the Caribbean Sea, listening to the whisper of the breeze moving the palm trees.
The Tayrona National Natural Park extends over 12,000 hectares of land and 3,000 hectares of beaches, and it is located north of the department of Magdalena, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. This place has an average temperature at sea level of 29º C and it has two seasons a year:
The dry season goes from December to April and an Indian summer between July and August, with extremely low rain probabilities. The rainy season goes from May to June and September to November but it is very sure that the “warmth” is noticeable in the average temperature, which rarely drops below 27ºC and 28ºC. In this area there are more than 100 species of mammals, 70 species of bats and several species of primates. The lonely eagle and the white eagle are part of the 300 unique and recorded species of Tayrona National Natural Park.