Welcome to Taganga

Taganga today is something of a cautionary tale about the overdevelopment of small towns, though, and in the past few years the village has gone from a near-obligatory backpacker stop to a rather depressing place where poverty is rife and much of what originally attracted visitors has disappeared. That said, some travelers still come here for cheap accommodation, partying and diving; there are also those who love being so close to PNN Tayrona, just a short boat ride away. The town's hostel owners are a determined bunch and are doggedly fighting to restore Taganga to its former glory.

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$36.25 Tours & Sightseeing

Santa Marta Sightseeing Tour

After pickup from your hotel in Santa Marta, depart by coach for La Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, located about 20 minutes away. With your guide, tour the grounds of this 17th-century hacienda, famous as the site where Simón Bolívar died in 1830. As you view the Altar of the Homeland and the Altar of the Fatherland, each memorializing Bolívar — called 'El Libertador' (The Liberator) — learn how the military and political revolutionary led Colombia and neighboring Latin American countries to independence from Spanish rule. See the flags of the Americas on display in the Plaza de Banderas before visiting La Quinta’s botanical gardens. Here, you’ll find ancient trees and more than 150 plant species on display, including varieties of orchid, cacti, fruit trees, mangrove and medicinal plants. You may even observe animals living in this natural habitat, such as iguanas, parrots, hawks and hummingbirds.Re-board your coach and continue to Taganga, a town situated on the Caribbean coast about 3 miles (5 km) north of Santa Marta. Legendary for its sunsets, scuba diving and gourmet restaurants — as well as venues for dancing the rumba — this typical fishing village provides a base for the nearby Sierra and Tayrona national parks. After a walk around town with your guide, drive to Santa Marta and view a monument to Carlos Valderrama. This 22-foot (6-meter) bronze statue, erected outside Eduardo Santos Stadium, commemorates the famous soccer champion, who played for Colombia’s national football team in the 1990s. Finally, you’ll visit the Bay of Santa Marta to take in the gorgeous views before your guide drops you off at your hotel.

$446 Cultural & Theme Tours

4 days: Tayrona Park and Minca

ItineraryDay 1: Santa Marta, Colombia - Free Day - Arrival DayStop At: Santa MartaArrive at a time of your chosen and be collected from the airport and taken to your accommodation in Santa Marta to check-in. At which time you will have the rest of the day to explore or if you come early enough we can organize an additional tour for you.Duration: 12 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Ribai Hotels or similarDay 2: Tayrona Park and Cabo San Juan OR Playa CristalStop At: Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, Santa Marta, Santa Marta District, Magdalena DepartmentYou’ll start this day early with either a 6am or 7am pickup to maximize your Tayrona National Park and beach time. Depending on which option you choose:Option #1 You’ll be taken to Tayrona park and enjoy a 2 hour ecological walk through the jungle and 3 beaches including Arenillas, La Piscina, Cabo San Juan and Los Arrecifes. Before enjoying some relaxing time in the beach (approx. 3 hours), lunch and heading back for another 1.3 hour walk through the jungle and your waiting transportation.Option #2 You’ll be taken to Tayrona park and onto the Seven Waves lookout, an ecological walk and enjoy a boat ride to Playa Cristal and some awesome beach time (4-5 hours beach time), followed by another boat ride.Duration: 11 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Ribai Hotels or similarDay 3: Minca TourStop At: MINCAYou’ll be collected from your accommodation Santa Marta accommodation and taken into the magical mountains of the Sierra Nevarda and to the beautiful town of Minca. Once here you’ll be taken on a tour of this wonderful town, along with checking out a coffee farm, a cocoa farm, enjoying an ecological walk, some beautiful waterfalls, a swim if you desire and a stop for lunch in a house made of Bamboo.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Ribai Hotels or similarDay 4: Santa Marta - Free dayStop At: Santa MartaDay Four is all yours and completely up to you. Your transport will be waiting to take you to the airport for the next part of your Colombian adventure, or if you have arranged for another night or more accommodation to explore more of the Sierra Nevada De Santa Marta (highly recommended and can be organised with us after booking), your transport will be waiting for another day.If you would like we can provide you with recommendations of places to go and see or another tour (perhaps check-out Taganga)Duration: 12 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$147.28 Day Trips & Excursions

Scuba Diving Day Trip from Santa Marta

Taganga is a fisher town 15 minutes away from Santa Marta by car. Once you get to the diving center, you will be taught about the diving activity, you will be giving all due information about the diving site, and the diving activity, this training is necessary in order to do well once your in the ocean, after finishing your training you will be taken to the diving spot, there are many of this sites in Taganga, it is considered a must-diving site in Colombia due to its wonderful submarine life full of reef, fishes that you will not see anywhere else and many more.

$319 Outdoor Activities

Tayrona Park trek

Day 1 • Playa Brava • Pueblito • Cabo San Juan • Cinto Bay Start from Calabazo at 7:00 am to Playa Brava, wonderful place where swimming is not allowed because of the strong waves that bathe its beaches, however it is a really good place for being and relax with friends. Passing through tropical humid forest in approximately 3 hours.Free time to enjoy the landscape, wet feet in the sea and take pictures.Tour of a 20-minute ecological trail to Quebrada Playa Brava, where you can take a refreshing swim and take pictures.Return by the same route to Playa Brava for 20 minutes. To take a snack.Departure from Playa Brava to Pueblito, which is the old town of the Tayrona village that has archaeological vestiges of a pre-Columbian culture, there we will be in contact with a Kogui family for approximately 30 minutes enjoying the place and receiving the information of the guide.Descent by stone path for approximately 1 hour from Pueblito to Cabo San Juan.Lunch in Cabo San Juan and free time of 3 hours to enjoy the place30-minute boat ride from Cabo San Juan to Cinto BayArrival at 5:00 PM to Cinto.Dinner.Sleep in hammock (Optional bed with additional payment). Day 2 • Cinto Bay • Neguanje • Playa Cristal Early breakfast in the bay of Cinto.Snorkeling activity (1 hour), to know the wonderful marine fauna. Departure at approx. 10:00 am on a journey from Cinto to Neguanje through the jungle for approximately 2hs / 30min.Lunch in Neguaje.One hour tour through the mangrove forest to see the different fauna and flora that can be found there.Hike from Neguanje to Playa Cristal approx. 30 min. Free time to enjoy the sea or snorkeling.Sunset in Playa Cristal.Dinner.Sleep in hammock or Camping.Day 3 • Playa Cristal • Playa del Medio • Playa del amor • Gayraca Early breakfast in Playa Cristal. Snorkeling activity in Playa Cristal.Ecological walk from Playa Cristal during 2hs / 30min approx. knowing several natural scenarios to Gayraca where you will enjoy a snack.Ecological tour to “Playa del Medio” where we will have a delicious lunch.Ecological tour to Playa del amor where we will do a Snorkeling activity.Return to Gayraca for appreciating the sunset.Dinner.Accommodation in hammock. 4Day  • Gayraca • Chengue • Santa Marta Early breakfast in Gayraca.Trek from Gairaca to Chengue for approximately 2h / 30min observing the mangrove and tropical dry forest.Lunch in Chengue.Return to Playa del Amor 2h / 30 minutes, free time to enjoy the beach for approximately 2 hours.Transportation by boat to Taganga for approximately 45min. Return to the hotel or lodging place.

$33 Cultural & Theme Tours

Santa Marta - The pearl of Colombian Caribbean

One of our representatives will pick you up at the hotel in the afternoon, to take you for a walk along the city. Santa Marta is one of the oldest cities in South America, founded in 1525. Walking along the beach, you will be able to enjoy a magnificent atmosphere. Then, you will visit the most emblematic places of the city, like the Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, the hacienda where Simon Bolivar died on December 17, 1830. At the end of the day, you will be able to appreciate a beautiful sunset in Taganga, a fishing village where the sky lights up with fire-orange tones at the end of the day. Return to the hotel.

$2719.20 Classic

Classic Colombia

Colombia tends to be an underrated travel destination, which just means there’s more untouched parts of this beautiful country for you to explore. If you have two weeks to spare, there’s no better way to experience Colombia than to jump in with both feet and experience the national parks, beaches, and cities firsthand. Plus, there’s no better place to be if you’re looking to try delicacies such as fresh seafood on the beaches of Cartagena and delicious coffee from the region of Calarcá. Be a part of the revitalization of this warm, welcoming country and come back with more stories than you’ll ever have time to tell.