Tayrona and Sierra Nevada
The Tayrona and Sierra Nevada National Parks are located adjacent to each other, to the east of the regional capital Santa Marta. Together they offer the ultimate bird-watching destination.
The Tayrona National Park runs along the coastal plain and features wild deserted beaches, protected rainforests and even an arid desert area. The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta National Park lies inland from Tayrona and encompasses many climate zones climbing to an altitude of more than 5,700 meters. The variety of scenery and climate zones ensures that his is one of the most important natural habitats in Colombia.
Santa Marta was founded in 1525 and was the first Spanish settlement in Colombia; it remains an important port today but the main attraction for visitors are the beautiful national parks stretching away to the east of the city.
The Tayrona National Park extends for 35 km along the coast and is one of the most popular destinations for Colombians, which means it can get busy over the peak holiday season. Surprisingly, there are few good quality beach hotels along this stretch of coastline so most international visitors (who are attracted by the scenery and wildlife) would be advised to combine it with a visit to the Sierra Nevada National Park. But there are some wonderful remote beaches where you can snorkel or kayak in clear water.
For the more adventurous, it is possible to go trekking in the national park up to the ‘Ciudad Perdida’ (lost city).
The main attraction of the Sierra Nevada is the abundant wildlife in the cloud forest, together with the distinct variation in vegetation and far reaching views. Bird watching in particular is popular here due to the vast array or birds in the area, as journalist Emma Duncan writes in her 1843’s article. Trekking options are plentiful, but gently drifting down one of the many rivers in a rubber tube watching the wildlife is a fun way to pass the time as well.
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Places we love to stay
Located deep with in the Cloud Forest, but with far reaching views, this is a perfect base from which to go bird watching in the Sierra Nevada.View details about Casa Galavanta
Reserva One Love
Opened in 2016, Reserva One Love is a beautiful eco-hotel in 80 hectares on the bank of the Palomino River in the Sierra Nevada National Park.View details about Reserva One Love
Although it is not set inside Tayrona National Park we believe that this hotel offers a better experience than those inside the park itselfView details about Merecumbe Hotel