If you want to experience a truly natural place, the Tayrona National Park is ideal. It's set between the mountains and the sea and the wildlife is tremendous. The park rangers give good advice and make sure to bring extra batteries for your camera! After sweating it out in the jungle hikes, you can cool off on the beach! :)
This is a fishing village where the people are wonderful, a party atmosphere presides, and you can relax on the beach, and especially go diving. In Acuantis dive center they will treat you like true friends. Oh, and don't forget to listen to pipe music and Rolando playing the guitar and giving away some of his songs that make you stay in Taganga even better (if that's even possible).
The beach known as Cabo San Juan del Guía is the fourth beach in Tayrona Park in Santa Marta - Costa Colombia, and here you will find tourists from around the world, a perfect blue sea, a special multicultural environment that´s perfect for relaxing and getting up early to watch the ocean. It´s perfect. It´s Colombia!
Like [poi = 125135] Santa Marta [/ poi], the Cathedral is very old. Some say it is the oldest cathedral in Colombia, however it was completed at the end of the 18th century. The Cathedral is a very white monument that stands out against the other low buildings. It holds the preserved ashes of Rodrigo de Bastidas, the founder of Santa Marta. Until 1842 it also held the remains of Simon Bolivar, which were later transferred to Caracas.
I am a travel agent and of all the places I have visited the one that has really caught my attention is the one I have mentioned, for its beaches, environment, the way the locals treat visitors, the beaches the best climate , the coolest ... Make this place unique.
In [poi = 126229] Taganga [/ poi] you can find many different scuba-diving agencies, but it is easy to fall into the hands of unprofessional people. To ensure you have excellent instructors, good boats, and modern equipment and insurance, the Ocean scuba-diving service is by far the best. Ocean is situated just one block away from the beach, and here you'll find all kinds of equipment in line with your level. And if it is the first time that you are trying scuba-diving, the instructors are top notch and very reliable.
Walking from the entrance of Zaino in Tayrona National Park (45 minutes by road, the trip can be done by bus but we did walking and it took 45 minutes by jungle tracks) you, arrive at the first beach that is the Reef. A wild beach, if such a thing exists, and very nice, but it is impossible to go into the water, more than 200 people have drowned in it. A beauty in which it is possible to camp and which has very close one more beautiful beach where you can swim. Also back from the beach there is a kind Reef lagoon which is ideal for bird watching. I hope the pictures show this even though the Colombian ocean is a little stormy in the picture.
Minca, a small town that is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada itself, Santa Marta. Only 40 minutes from Santa Marta, a place where one enjoys a privileged position to see the sunset over the bay (as I said Pacheco, the most beautiful of America) and best of all for me, with cold weather, it is delicious and perfect. Minca is the gateway to the Sierra. Walking for an hour or a little more, there are clear rivers with fabulous pools and beautiful waterfalls. At night, depending on the location, you can see the city lights from the cold quiet of this cozy little town where, as often happens in national ecotourism destinations, there are more foreigners than Colombians. This place was for me an outlet to the boredom that I have described above. Less than four hours from my warm city of current residence, I found this very nice space which was economic, peaceful and secure. I would highly recommend this fantastic place.
The best way to enjoy Taganga Bay properly is from the same road that leads to Santa Marta (which is about 10 minutes away by bus), and about 2 kilometers outside the pretty little fishing village that backpackers tend to love. If you do not want to walk, any villager can approach us. We can also tell the bus driver to leave us some of the viewpoints. Mandatory walk along the beach of the bay, between boats weighers and bars where you can have a quiet drink.
Taganga is a small fishing village, situated just ten kilometers away from Santa Marta, in the Colombian Caribbean, and has a mainly backpacker vibe, much cheaper than Santa Marta. It is very popular because of the beautiful scenery it offers, with good diving spots nearby, including Tayrona PN. There is also a small harbor where boats leave to go to nearby beaches. The beach restaurants serve delicious fish served in coconuts.
I loved practically everything about Taganga. The place is enigmatic, it reels you in and you feel like you are really in heaven, it is like a mirage, to cross the huge mountain, everything is an adventure!, And then you see a mirage, a wonderful beach, you could say it was hidden in the mountains. My friends and I had a fantastic experience along with some foreign friends who also were amazed with the place.
La Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino was the place where the historical character, Simon Bolivar spent his last days In addition to its historical interest and memorial, it is a way to learn about the history of Colombia, especially through the Bolivarian museum. The complex is a beautiful botanical park, which is also worth walking through. There are 70 year-old trees and many are gifts from around the world.
Tayrona Park is amazing, I've gone twice and would go a thousand times more, mostly for the biodiversity that one finds in terms of animals, nature, etc..I was able to go to the nude beach Cabo San Juan after, and I found more than 15 people entirely naked, and quiet enjoying the spectacular beach
A heavenly place nestled on the beaches of Tayrona National Park, a perfect location to find yourself in the splendor of nature and the good energy of its inhabitants without forgetting it is food made the old fashioned way. YOu will find a mixture of colors scattered all around in the ocean, something so nice to enjoy.
Ciudad Perdidad sits high in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta on Colombia's northern coast. The story goes that back in the 70's someone was flying a helicopter in the area and saw circular stone rings that when he asked the locals about, no one new what he was talking about. In the 30 years between it's first sighting and my visit a small but dedicated team of locals and indigenous tribespeople have reclaimed from the jungle dozens of terraced stone ringed platforms that at one time were the home of a thriving city.
People believe that at the time of the conquistadors the indigenous folk (the Tayronans) split into two camps, those who embraced the European newcomers, and those that feared them. The latter retreated to the mountains and hid, and this city was their sanctuary.
The clandestine nature of the settlement is only really experienced when you visit. After a 4X4 drive as far up the mountain as the track goes you arrive at the town of Machete (allegedly named after the habit of previous inhabitants involved in the drugs trade executing thieves on the spot with machetes), we spent 2 days hard hiking to an unassuming river bed. Into the bank an equally unassuming lump of stone is set, a little higher is another, and then another, little more than a foot across you climb a dozen or so of these stones before you realize they are a rudimentary staircase. Climb a little higher and the steps get a little wider, a little more uniform, and before you know it half an hour has passed and your ascending a grand staircase into the city. A carved rock depicts the scale of the site, only a third of which has been taken back from the encroaching vines, trees and other assorted jungle flora.
To keep the area free of "special interest horticulturalists" the army patrol the area, and nothing has ever struck me as more Indiana Jones then seeing the Colombian military re supply helicopter come into land on the highest terrace; previously the site of the tribal leaders hut.
No one knows what happened to the indigenous who built their home in the clouds- maybe they returned to the coast and the conquistadors, maybe they simply faded into the mist that hangs in the mornings around their lost city.
For me the biggest mystery was how this place had evaded the prying eyes of the world for hundreds of years.