Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

Cañaveral is as far as you can go in the park by road. From the car park a trail leads west to Arrecifes and Cabo San Juan del Guía. The beaches in Cañaveral are very beautiful – golden sand and blue water – but there's no shade, and swimming can be dangerous because of treacherous offshore currents. There are several places to stay here.

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Nearby Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona attractions

1. Castilletes

0.82 MILES

The longest beach in the park and the first place you can turn in for the night, Castilletes can be found some 4km from the El Zaíno park entrance, just…

2. Arrecifes

1.49 MILES

Coming from Cañaveral, it's a pleasant walk 2.5km west along a trail to Arrecifes, where there are budget lodgings and eating facilities. Bear in mind…

3. La Arenilla

1.74 MILES

La Arenilla is an attractive beach in a tiny cove framed by massive boulders, with chunky sand and glints of fool's gold dancing in the water. It has a…

4. La Piscina

2.02 MILES

As you might guess from the name, La Piscina boasts calm waters that are reasonably safe for swimming and snorkeling. Snorkeling gear costs COP$30,000 per…

5. Cabo San Juan del Guía

2.88 MILES

Cabo San Juan del Guía is a beautiful cape with a knockout beach. It's also by far the most crowded area of the park, although lack of road access deters…

6. Pueblito

3.42 MILES

From Cabo San Juan del Guía a scenic path goes inland and uphill to the small indigenous village of Pueblito, providing some splendid tropical-forest…

7. Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

7.91 MILES

This dazzling slice of mountainous jungle, vast boulders and golden-white sand makes up one of Colombia's most stunning national parks and is a popular…

8. Playa Cristal

10.15 MILES

This gorgeous boat-in beach on Bahía Neguange used to be known as Playa del Muerto (Beach of the Dead) – little wonder they decided on a name change. It's…