If you’re reading this then you’ve probably already heard something about Tayrona National Park, Colombia’s beautiful tropical gem located on the Caribbean coast. While being overcrowded and over-visited during some parts of the year Tayrona is still very much worth a visit for its incredible beaches, lush jungle hiking, indigenous culture and a chance to sleep in a hammock right on the beach to the sound of the waves. Two days is the ideal amount of time to visit Tayrona National Park and to get a glimpse of its incredible flora and fauna. After visiting the park twice already, I’ve finally worked out the perfect two-day active itinerary for Tayrona National Park.
I should mention here if you are new to Roam & Thrive that we focus on active and wellness travel. That being said this itinerary is the perfect mix of at times steep jungle trekking as well as relaxing on the beach. Please note that there are parts of Tayrona National Park, that this itinerary takes in that are quite steep and therefore I would recommend this itinerary for those that have a good level of physical fitness.
I did this itinerary entirely solo and would also recommend this to any solo traveller.
Not sure what to pack or how to get to the park? Click here for the Essential Guide to Tayrona National Park.
MORNING – ENTRANCE TO PLAYA BRAVA
Start at 8 am at the Calabazo entrance of the park. Continue up from the highway and pay your entrance and begin the trek to Playa Brava, the park’s most isolated and quiet beach. Playa Brava is one of Tayrona’s most beautiful beaches and it remains extremely uncrowded due to the tough trek it takes to get there. From the road, it will take you about three hours on the long and winding path, through thick jungle, past indigenous villages and along jungle streams. You won’t be able to experience thick jungle like this anywhere else in Tayrona and it feels like such an authentic experience, listening to the unique jungle noises.
On arrival at Playa Brava, check in to the accommodation for the night Playa Brava Teyumakke (this can be booked via Booking.com prior to your arrival, and I recommend you do so). This property has lovely but simple cabins right on the beach, ensuring pure rest and relaxation. You can also book a hammock too.
AFTERNOON – RELAX ON PLAYA BRAVA
For the rest of the day relax on Playa Brava and enjoy your surroundings. The best things to do here are a stroll down the long beach and take photos, relax in a hammock and read a book and even sunbathe. You can also walk to a pretty jungle waterfall nearby too, which takes just 25 minutes following a dried-up riverbed.
Playa Brava Teyumakke serves dinner from 6 pm in their restaurant which is quite a communal affair and a great opportunity to meet some other travellers. The food is nothing to rave about but they are filling- perfect post-trek. There is always a vegetarian option, which could be made vegan depending on what it is.
MORNING – PLAYA BRAVA TO CABO SAN JUAN
Have breakfast and leave at 7.30 am (or even earlier) for Cabo San Juan beach. Due to the popularity of this beach try to get there as soon as possible, before all the day-trippers arrive. The trek will take you up and over the high hills of Tayrona, through the jungle and back to Pueblito (ancient pre-Colombian ruins in the park) and down again to the beaches. Keep beaching hopping along until you get to Cabo San Juan. Once there, enjoy and take in one of the most beautiful beaches on this entire coastline. Relax, take photos and make the most of the swimming-friendly waters.
AFTERNOON – BEACH HOP AND LEAVE TAYRONA
After enjoying an early lunch in the restaurant at Cabo San Juan, continue on towards the rest of the beaches. From Cabo San Juan, it’s a solid 2-hour walk to the main car park inside the park where you can get a minibus that will take you to the entrance for $3,000. Bearing in mind that the park closes at 5 pm, spend the rest of the afternoon beach hopping and enjoying all the beaches along the way to the car park which include La Piscinita (another beach great for swimming), Arrecifes and Cañaveral. Just make sure to get to the main entrance before the park closed at 5 pm. To be on the safe side, I’d recommend being back at the shuttle bus park at around 4 pm.
Once at the main El Zaino entrance, you can take a moto-taxi, private shuttle, or public bus on to your next destination.
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