The Shimmering Caribbean Waters at Colombia’s Tayrona National Natural Park

The Shimmering Caribbean Waters at Colombia's Tayrona National Natural Park Photo Credit: Brendan van Son

Glowing with shimmering hues of blue and turquoise at predawn, the Tayrona National Natural Park, or Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, is a protected area located in Colombia's northern Caribbean region, within the jurisdiction limits of Magdalena and 34 km (21 miles) from the city of Santa Marta.

Archaeologists have found evidence of ancient human settlements in the area of the park, dating back to the 16th century. As a result, facilities now exist for eco-tourism, with paths suitable for travelers wanting to walk through ancient ruins of early civilizations. The Archaeologic Museum of Chairama is located in the Cañaveral Site, near the mouth of the Piedras River.

Other places which attract visitors to Tayrona National Natural Park include Los Naranjos Path, Castilletes Beach, The Pool, the Piedras River, and the San Juan Out.

Tayrona National Natural Park is the second most visited national park in Colombia with 293,502 visitors reported in 2012. The most visited park is the Rosario and San Bernardo Corals National Natural Park.


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