Visit Tayrona National Natural Park and swim in a reef-formed pool in the Caribbean on this day trip from Santa Marta. Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, as it’s known in Spanish, is one of the most popular national parks in Colombia, home to animals like monkeys, dolphins and condors that live in its 37,000 acres (15,000 hectares) of land and sea. A local guide will lead you on a walk through the park to a white-sand beach where you can swim in the clear water of the natural pool and enjoy lunch (own expense).
After hotel pickup, your day trip from Santa Marta starts with a 1-hour drive to Cañaveral, the main entrance to Tayrona National Natural Park. One of Colombia’s most-visited national parks, Tayrona encompasses 7,410 acres (3,000 hectares) of sea and 29,650 acres (12,000 hectares) of land in the rainforest-covered foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, one of the highest coastal mountain ranges in the world. With your guide, walk through the park toward the Caribbean coast for approximately 1 hour, keeping a lookout for native animals like howler monkeys (you’ll hear them before you see them!), deer, bats, condors and white eagles. Arriving at the beach, head down to the white sand, ready to enjoy the idyllic setting where the reef and sea form a natural pool that’s perfect for swimming. Have lunch here before being returned to Santa Marta in the afternoon.