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Published: April 16th 2019
Tayrona national park is a very beautiful place, especially on the various beaches, (sweet).
But like I mentioned in first blog on Colombia, some irritants can also be found here. (sour).
The model for national parks in latin america is for me Costa Rica, hands down: Parks are well organized; Trails are very well marked; Detailed maps are available; Moving around in parks by yourself is simple; wildlife is abundant.
If you know Costa Rica, then Tayrona could be compared to Manuel Antonio or Cahuita national parks, in a sense of a forest bordered by sea. But organization in Tayrona is not great. Let me explain.
a-Entrance: main entrance is clogged with cars and buses just beside the main busy road. Even if you bought tickets online, you need to go to 2 or 3 different buildings before you enter. It's sometimes long.
b-they force you to buy extra insurance in case you need to be transported out of park if you;re hurt or something. Your home travel insurance does not work.
c-Vast majority of people at Zaino entrance, go directly to the arrecifes and other beaches,
after they reached the parking. This is a 45 minutes walk on a trail with many stairs. Why don't the road lead directly there instead???? The trail itself is very nice, crossing many types of terrains, but hundreds and hundreds of people walk on it, so chances to see wildlife is very slim.
d-Real trails to see wildlife are very limited. You have one, the trail of nine stones, which is my favorite, and relatively quiet. But it;s short. You can also take the trails that convoys of horses take to bring in goods from surrounding villages. But this trail is very dusty, and you constantly need to move aside to let horses pass. Some little spots of main road, are okay, when most of the traffic is passed or very early, (if you sleep in the park). Some non official short sides roads also brought some rewards.
e-entrance fees are expensive. They are comparable to costa Rica parks, and even a bit more, but with all the disadvantages.
So overall, I was happy to come, but also was very deceived, as it's supposed to be one of the best parks in the country ?????
also tried the western entrance around Neguanje. This one is the worst for me. If you are the kind of person that love beaches very much, then possibly go, otherwise don't. you pay the same high prices as the other entrances. Road is terrible...Even the buses go slow, which was a first!!!! Apart form the beaches at tend of road. There are no trails, no place to park and explore forest although some spots are nice. I did stop on side of the road to take some pictures, but that was really deceiving. Also, after I paid parking fees at entrance, they wanted to make me pay paring again near the beaches. !!$$$%$$%$
On the bright side, I saw some interesting animals overall.
I especially enjoyed the hotel I stayed in: Kantawa hotel and spa, 8 km from Zaino entrance: nice gardens, good food, big deck over a river, jacuzzi and sauna. Interestingly enough, I saw as many wild animals there as in the park....:-)
So, if you are new to Latin America and love wildlife, definitively go to Costa Rica, and not Colombia. Only come, if you really
want to see new things.
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