With this guide to visit the Tayrona National Natural Park you will find useful information for your trip, location, how to get there, tickets, information on the best beaches, hiking, landscapes and biodiversity, are some of the highlights of the Tayrona Natural Park.

If you are a lover of beaches, hiking and nature, Tayrona Park will surely be a tourist destination that you will not be able to forget.

The word Tayrona is a very special name that was given to this natural park, since this destination was a territory that was inhabited in the past by the indigenous Tayrona who lived many years ago (100 AD to 1600 AD) in the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta.

Many of the park’s internal trails have visual information about the worldview of this representative indigenous culture, which after the Spanish persecution at the time of the conquest, hid in various places in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, giving rise to the 4 Indigenous ethnic groups that prevail today in these territories (Koguis, Wiwa, Arhuacos and Kankuamos).

Private transport

Go to the Public Market in the center of Santa Marta and there buses leave every 20 minutes to the entrance of the Zaino Parque Tayrona.

Approximate Value $10,000 COP Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Public transport

Request a Taxi Service so you can travel comfortably from the Airport to Zaino in Tayrona Park.

Approximate Value $180,000 COP Duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes

boat service

Arrive at the town of Taganga and from there take a boat to the best beach in Tayrona Park, Cabo San Juan.

Approximate Value $80,000 COP Duration: 1 hour approximately

Entrance to Tayrona Park



National or Foreign resident in Colombia or member of the CAN (Older than 6 years old up to 25 years old)

Adult National member of the CAN or Foreign resident in Colombia (Over 25 years old)

Not resident in Colombia or member of the CAN

Born in Santa Marta
(Over 6 years old up to 25 years old)

Born in Santa Marta (Over 25 years old)



National or Foreign resident in Colombia or member of the CAN (Older than 6 years old up to 25 years old)

Adult National member of the CAN or Foreign resident in Colombia (Over 25 years old)

Not resident in Colombia or member of the CAN

Born in Santa Marta
(Over 6 years old up to 25 years old)

Born in Santa Marta (Over 25 years old)


These rates are subject to change depending on the measures taken by National Parks of Colombia.
The countries that make up the CAN are: Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

How to Buy Tickets to Tayrona Park?


Here we inform you how to acquire the entrance tickets to the Tayrona Park , first of all you must arrive in advance at the entrance to the Zaino Parque Tayrona because the box office is often full of travelers who want to buy tickets, it all depends on the season.

There are several forms of payment to buy the manilla (entrance ticket) at the Zaino Tayrona entrance, you can pay with cash, debit or credit card, but remember one thing, that the Parque Tayrona Zaino sector has a limited number of tickets sold by day (carrying capacity).

Most national and foreign visitors to the Tayrona Park, Zaino sector, get up very early to get in line and be able to purchase Tayrona Park tickets, since until 2022 the Colombian National Parks website is not yet enabled to reserve tickets to the Park. Tayrona.


Send us to our email yachaycomercial@gmail.com , your passport or scanned document, the number of people who are going to enter, day of entry and approximate time of arrival.
The cost of the entrance to Tayrona Park is not included in the accommodation fee and the cost of the procedure for each Ticket is 6,000 pesos. Upon entering, a hotel official will be waiting for you at the entrance with the tickets.

Why the Closure of Tayrona Park?

The Tayrona National Natural Park is always open, except for three rest periods a year. On these dates the Tayrona is closed to visitors so that the ecosystems recover, during this time, the indigenous people of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta perform spiritual rituals in sacred places, so that nature is renewed.

Also during these closing dates, National Park officials carry out cleaning and research sessions on the native species that inhabit the Tayrona Natural Park.


From February 1 to February 15.
From June 1 to June 15.
From October 19 to November 2.

Recommendations for traveling to the Tayrona Natural Park


The Tayrona Park hours to enter through the Zaino are from 7:00 am – 12:00 pm, if you arrive after this time, they may not let you enter, so try to enter early.

In the Tayrona National Park, the departure time is between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm.

Make your reservations in advance, come equipped with a mask if you prefer, and with your own alcohol or antibacterial gel for added security.

The daily carrying capacity of the Tayrona Park in the Zaino sector is 6,900 tourists; After the Covid-19 pandemic, this daily capacity was reduced to 3,535 people per day. “We remember that National Parks of Colombia are the ones in charge of estimating the carrying capacity of the Tayrona sector Zaino”

What to bring to Tayrona Park?

Documentation: All people who visit the Tayrona Natural Park without exception must present an identification document (Citizenship Card, Identity Card, Civil Birth Registry, Passport or DNI).

Vaccines: It is recommended to apply the Yellow Fever and Tetanus vaccine for the Tayrona National Natural Park, at least 10 days before the trip.

Clothing and items: Bring cotton clothing, sunscreen, camera, comfortable walking shoes, hat, repellent stick, flashlight, it is recommended that products are biodegradable, reusable plastic, aluminum or glass containers to carry your water.

Cash: Within the Tayrona National Park there is no way to get cash and sometimes the signal to make card payments is poor, due to the location.

Beaches and Trails of Tayrona National Park

Our Eco Hotel Yachay Tayrona is located in the El Zaino sector, a perfect place for people who go to the Tayrona National Park for the first time, since it will allow them to get to know a greater number of beaches in less time and enjoy the wonderful ecological trails.

You will be able to observe beaches such as La Piscinita, Arenillas, Arrecifes, the Natural Pool, Cabo San Juan and the Nudist Beach or Boca del Saco; On the beaches of Arrecifes and Playa Nudista it is not recommended to swim, since the waves are very strong in this area.

In Cañaveral, the only beach suitable for bathing is Piscinita, it should be noted that this is only a 15-minute walk (2 km) from the Cañaveral parking lot, within the Tayrona National Park, which is where the hiking and walking activities begin. on horse

In Playa Arrecifes we find several camping areas to camp in Tayrona and take advantage of one of the best beaches in Santa Marta, the Tayrona Park Pool.

The walk ends at Cabo San Juan, a charming beach in Tayrona Park, follow the link below if you want to know how to get to Cabo San Juan.

During the walk you will get to know the 9 stones trail, which is an interpretive path where you can learn a little more about the worldview of the indigenous Kogui’s descendants of the Tayronas, appreciate beautiful views. The beaches within the trail are not suitable for swimming.

Cañaveral - La Piscinita
Playa La Piscina Natural
Arrecifes Parque Tayrona
Playa Cabo San Juan

What to do in Tayrona Park


Among the things to do in the Tayrona National Natural Park, hiking through its ecological trails, natural attractions and beautiful beaches that are perfect for hiking, bird watching, snorkeling and other activities stand out.

You will be able to admire species such as monkeys, sloths, the Crested Oropendola, the Eagle, the Pigua, the Clown Toucan, the White-tailed Hummingbird, the Curucutú Owl, the Bull Blood, the Crested Woodpecker, fish among others.

Stay more than three days and you will be able to visit tourist places near Tayrona Park such as: Buritaca, Guachaca, Palomino, Mendihuaca, Río Don Diego or Quebrada Valencia. All of them can be reached using public transport that passes through the Troncal Caribe.


It is prohibited in Tayrona Park

The actions that are prohibited within the protected areas of the National Natural Parks System are established in order to prevent negative impacts on the natural and cultural values that are protected. (Decree 622 of 1977, Res. 0234 of 2004).

  • Enter by sea to areas not authorized by DIMAR.
  • Provoke and participate in scandals.
  • Use aerosols or polluting elements.
  • Introduce plastic bags or styrofoam material (Circular 01 of 2010).
  • Throw rubbish or waste in places not authorized for it, or incinerate them.
  • Entering with alcoholic beverages and/or psychoactive substances; as well as firearms.
  • Travel with vehicles at more than 30 km/h.
  • Introduce and/or use polluting substances that can disturb ecosystems.
  • Make campfires, these can cause forest fires. Use candles.
  • Travel with vehicles outside the established schedule and route.
  • Parking vehicles in unauthorized places.
  • Do not enter your vehicle into the camping area.
  • Cook or smoke inside the Tayrona National Park.
  • Extract biological material (fauna, flora, rocks, coral remains, shells, etc.).
  • Carry out hunting, fishing, excavations and logging of any kind.
  • Supply food to wildlife, which alters their natural behavior.
  • Introduce pets or plant material. This can transmit diseases and lead to the extinction of a native species.
  • Entering and/or camping in unauthorized sites, causing damage to the facilities, altering, modifying or removing signs, notices, fences.
  • Alter the properties of the sand on the beaches and disorient the turtles that arrive during the spawning season.