Two days in Paradise – Tayrona Park, Colombia

After four days of trekking in the jungleTayrona Park came right down from heaven. We spent two days sunbathing, taking naps in the hammocks, walking on the beach, and sipping on coconut water. Pure bliss!

Discovering Tayrona Park in Colombia.

Two days in Paradise – Tayrona Park

Bertrand and I spent three days in Bogota, then made our way to Santa Marta for the four days trek to the Lost City, and finally two days in this little paradise on the Caribbean, Tayrona Park. After trekking for 44 km in the jungle, resting on the beach was exactly what the doctor had prescribed. We took advantage of the relaxing time and spent our laziest two days during the whole six months trip in South America, and you know what? We loved it! Although we are active people and we love to see everything, after such a physical effort, we had earned our laziness.

We stayed at Tayrona Tented Lodge, an eco hotel right on the beach, surrounded by palm trees, where the only sounds you hear are the birds in the trees and the waves crashing on the shore. When I say we didn’t do anything, I really mean it. We had all three meals included in our stay so we didn’t even need to go out for dinner :). This is not to say that there are no places to see. Tayrona Park is one of the region’s attractions, so if you don’t suffer from laziness as we did, go check it out.

Discovering Tayrona Park in Colombia.

Discovering Tayrona Park in Colombia.Discovering Tayrona Park in Colombia.

Discovering Tayrona Park in Colombia.

Discovering Tayrona Park in Colombia.

Discovering Tayrona Park in Colombia.

Discovering Tayrona Park in Colombia.

Must do for all the Lost City trek, survivors :)

For all of you thinking of doing the Lost city trek, I want to say, first of all, good luck. It’s a tough one. No joke. We did the trek in March and we melted during the four days walking in the jungle. However,in the end, when the blisters start healing and you can move your legs again, all you remember are the good moments. You not only finished one damn hard trek overcoming your physical limitations, but you got to see one of the most beautiful sites in South America, and I dare to say, in the world.

In conclusion, if you do go for the trek, take some rest days after. One, two, ten :), as many as you need, but take them. And yes, I recommend Tayrona Park or the surroundings. You can thank me later :).

Finding the Lost City trek in Colombia.Photography by Bertrand Delvaux.

Tips and tricks

How to get there: We took a taxi from Santa Marta, this being one of the only times we choose a taxi instead of a bus. We were too tired and not eager to walk to the bus station with our backpacks. I can’t remember exactly how much we paid, but you can always negotiate the price. There’s more info about prices on the Tayrona Tented Lodge website and you can always email them before to ask what the correct price would be for the taxi journey. If you book your accommodation there, that is :).

Where to stay: We stayed at Tayrona Tented Lodge which is located just next to Tayrona Park and if the pictures do not express the awesomeness of the places, I don’t know what does :). You can book here, or if you want more info about the place, check here

Happy travels,

Cristina

 

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Tayrona Park, Colombia.

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32 Responses
  • Kristine
    October 29, 2016

    This place really looks like paradise! And the feeling of bliss from you =) Lovely!

    • Hidden Gems
      November 14, 2016

      Thanks, Kristine :).

  • Kavey
    October 29, 2016

    Seems only fair to have a lovely relaxing rest after a hard trek! This resort looks heavenly, love your photos.

    • Hidden Gems
      November 14, 2016

      Thanks, Kavey :).

  • Carla
    October 29, 2016

    Nice photos and thanks for sharing your wonderful experience trekking Lost City jungle.

    • Hidden Gems
      November 14, 2016

      Thanks, Carla.

  • Milena
    October 29, 2016

    I think I would never leave this place :D Just saved it to my “see-before-die” list. Thanks for the map, it’s very useful!

    • Hidden Gems
      November 14, 2016

      Good to hear, Milena :).

  • Tami
    October 29, 2016

    No pictures of Bertrand, too? It does look like an amazing place, and I’m sure it was a very well-deserved and needed break! The trek you took sounds very interesting too. Not sure I’d be up for trekking in the jungle, but visiting the Lost City sounds like an incredible experience.

    • Hidden Gems
      November 14, 2016

      He’s camera shy, Tami :). The Lost City trek was hard but really awarding. At the moment, you can only visit the site by doing the trek. It might change in a few years as it is becoming more and more popular.

  • Anisa
    October 29, 2016

    it does look like paradise, but sounds like you really earned it. I really love hiking but I have never done a multi-day hike. Having to carry all your stuff makes it a lot harder!

    • Hidden Gems
      November 14, 2016

      Actually, we only took small backpacks with a few clothes and toiletries. The hard part was not carrying our stuff, but surviving the heat and humidity. But hey, it was worth it in the end :).

  • Stacey
    October 29, 2016

    Sounds like perfection after a grueling hike! Im dying to do the Lost City hike! Will def be spending some time here after.

    • Hidden Gems
      November 14, 2016

      Good luck, Stacey. If you want some info on the trek, I have a post going through the 4 days with pictures and plenty of info. Good luck!

  • Chiera
    October 29, 2016

    This sounds like an incredible trip! Will definitely pin it for later !

    • Hidden Gems
      November 14, 2016

      Thanks, Chiera :).

  • Christina
    October 29, 2016

    This looks like a paradise! I was just in Tulum and your hotel reminds me of where I stayed – right on the beach, but with a jungle atmosphere. Love it, and love this post!

    • Hidden Gems
      November 14, 2016

      I’ve seen a few images of Tulum and it looks like paradise. I hope to get there one day. Thanks for visiting, the blog I mean :).

  • Taís
    October 29, 2016

    What a place! I can’t wait to go to Colombia and explore all these gems! I am more into adventure and exploring, but sure some days relaxing in this paradise will be more than welcome:)

    • Hidden Gems
      November 14, 2016

      We all need some relaxing time, but I’m like you, I love to explore. In South America, I managed to do quite a few treks including Lost City and Salkantay which were quite hardcore. Thanks for visiting, Taís.

  • Nancy
    October 29, 2016

    Those bungalows are so cute, I want to stay there! Looked like you had an awesome trip!

    • Hidden Gems
      November 14, 2016

      I can’t complain, Nancy :).

  • Chrysoula
    October 30, 2016

    This place is heavenly! I haven’t heard it before but now it is definitely on my list. After all those days hiking that is a lovely break!

    • Hidden Gems
      November 14, 2016

      Thanks for visiting, Chrysoula :).

  • Eva | Travel The Whole Wide World
    October 30, 2016

    What a heavenly place! I wish I could go there soon!

    • Hidden Gems
      November 14, 2016

      Thanks for visiting, Eva.

  • Tammyonthemove
    October 30, 2016

    I currently live in Bogota, it have yet to visit the North. The trek and Tayroma are definitely high on my list though, especially after seeing your photos!

    • Hidden Gems
      November 14, 2016

      I was in Bogota before traveling to Santa Marta for the Lost City trek. I warmly recommend for the trek and the relaxation time after :).

  • Anita Hendrieka
    October 31, 2016

    I am going to have to add this place to my bucket list. This looks like my sort of paradise! Your photos are really beautiful.

    • Hidden Gems
      November 14, 2016

      Thanks, Anita :).

  • Darlene
    October 31, 2016

    What an awesome place to do nothing! If I had that view too I would surely do the same! Nothing like Paradise to soothe your soul and just do a digital detox. Definitely good for staycation after that trek!

    • Hidden Gems
      November 14, 2016

      Indeed :).

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