Barranquilla to Tayrona National Park

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How to get from Barranquilla to Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park offers some of the best beaches, breath-taking hikes and unparalleled sights in Colombia and according to many, even South America.

Here you’ll find activities like snorkelling, horse riding, camping, bird and animal watching, visiting archeological sites and why not, nude bathing.

Tayrona National Park covers 225 km² and has many access points. Most visitors enter via El Zaino or Calabazo, since they are relatively easy to reach from other major destinations in Colombia.

Given its proximity to Santa Marta, most visitors chose to hop on a bus from here, but many travellers also go straight to the park from Barranquilla. Instead of spending the night in Santa Marta, you overnight in one of the most unique places to stay in Colombia in or near Tayrona Park. A guarantee d unforgettable stay.

2 ways to get from Barranquilla to Tayrona National Park

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Minivan3h50,000 COP ($10)Read article for more info
Bus3h 30m excl. transfer time20,000 COP ($4.15)Read article for more info

When travelling the 112 km from Barranquilla to Tayrona National Park, you have 2 options: a 3-hour minivan ride to the El Zaino entrance at Tayrona Park, or a 3.5-hour bus with a transfer in Santa Marta. Rates range from 20,000 COP ($4.15) to 50,000 COP ($10).

The minivan is the easiest way to travel from Barranquilla to Tayrona National Park.

When is Tayrona National Park closed?

It’s important to know that Tayrona National park is closed for a proportion of February, June and October every year.

The indigenous communities living in Tayrona request this so that they can physically and spiritually clean the area, allowing the plants and wildlife to return.

In 2022, Tayrona National Park will be closed: 

  • 1-15 February
  • 1-15 June
  • 19 October – 2 November

The dates vary slightly every year, so make sure to check out Parque Tayrona for the latest information. 

Entrance into Tayrona

Below, we explain how to get from Barranquilla to the most popular entrance to Tayrona National Park, El Zaino, by direct transport.

If you want to enter Tayrona Park by one of the other 4 entrances, you’ll first have to travel from Barranquilla to Santa Marta. Check out the Santa Marta to Tayrona guide to see how to go from there.

Coming from Cartagena? Then check out this guide about how to travel from Cartagena to Tayrona National Park.

El Zaino entrance

A ticket for Tayrona can be bought with either cash or card (card is accepted only at El Zaino and Calabazo). The price for foreigners during low season is 57,500 COP ($12) or 66,500 COP ($13.50) in high season – December to January, during Easter holiday and mid-June to July.

Also take into consideration that insurance is mandatory, which is sold at the park entrance, for 5,000 COP ($1) per day. This has to be paid in cash.

Barranquilla to Tayrona National Park by Minivan

Duration: 3 hours
Cost: 50,000 COP ($10)
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: 50,000 COP ($10)

From Barranquilla to Tayrona, minivans take 3 to 3.5 hours depending on traffic and stops along the way. Travelers prefer this option because the driver can pick you up from any hotel in Barranquilla and drop you at most hotels or entrances in Tayrona.

Tickets for Marsol Transportes can be booked via WhatsApp or phone call (+57 3197601810) and Tickets for Caribe Vans can be booked via WhatsApp or phone call (+57 300 5438797).

Barranquilla to Tayrona National Park by Bus

Duration: 3.5 hours
Cost: 20,000 COP ($4.15)
Duration: 3.5 hours
Cost: 20,000 COP ($4.15)

A simple and budget-friendly way to go from Barranquilla to Tayrona is to take any bus to Guajira region (Palomino and Riohacha) and ask the driver to drop you off at the park entrance in El Zaino.

You can book the tickets online to Palomino or Riohacha, but we recommend asking the bus driver in advance to make sure that they will stop at the park entrance.

If the buses won’t stop at the park entrance, you can just buy a ticket to Santa Marta and from there find another bus headed to Palomino or Guajira which run frequently.

Here’s some more information on getting the bus from Santa Marta to Tayrona.

If you’d prefer a private transfer, you can also book one through BookAway, which offers nice cars with professional drivers.

Getting around inside Tayrona

Once inside the park, getting around is mainly done by walking, but horse riding and a small bus exist at the El Zaino entrance. We recommend taking the bus because it skips 30-minutes of walking along a road, and it takes you straight to the start of the trail – that’s where the fun begins.

The bus from El Zaino to the Cañaveral area, a 10-minute ride, will cost 5,000 COP ($1).

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