6 Breathtaking Santa Marta Hikes, Colombia
Discover 6 breathtaking Santa Marta hikes. The two most famous places for hiking in Santa Marta are Tyrona National Park and the Lost City. While these two places are great for hiking, there are much more. In fact, one of the reasons I stayed in Santa Marta for so long was because of all the hiking opportunities.
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6 Breathtaking Santa Marta Hikes
Titling this article Santa Marta hikes is a bit of a lie. Sorry about that. Most of these places are not actually in Santa Marta, but all are within easy reach for day hikes from Santa Marta. In other words, Santa Marta makes a good base for all these hikes.
1. Taganga to Playa Grande
The very first Santa Marta hike I did was in the same area that I lived in, Taganga. It is a short one. Only about 15 minutes from the trailhead in Taganga to the beach on the other side of the coves, Playa Grande.
Being short doesn’t make it any less enjoyable though. In fact, I am sure many people will prefer it. You get some awesome views along the way, and at the end, you can go for a snorkel.
2. Tayrona National Park
There are a lot of hiking opportunities inside Tayrona National Park. I went as a day-trip, but you could spend a couple of days camping there without getting bored. When I went I entered through Calabazo and hiked to the Pueblito archeological site. From there I continued to Cabo San Juan del Guia and after a quick snorkel I went out the main entrance. It was a great day hike.
Minca is another place where you could spend a few days doing different hikes. Better still, it is less than a 30-minute van ride from Santa Marta. When I went there I did a short hike to Pozo Azul where there are some waterfalls. Another popular one is up Los Piños, a mountain. I read it takes 3 hours (one-way) but some friends that did it told me it only took 2.
4. Bonda – Paso Del Mango
About a 40-minute bus ride from Santa Marta is a town called Bonda. From there you can hike to the traditional village called Paso Del Mango and further on to Pozo Del Amor. Once there, take a refreshing dip in the waterfall. You can even jump into it from the rocks if you want.
5. City to Playa Blanca
The most epic Santa Marta hike I did was from the city to Playa Blanca. You could take a boat there from Rodadero, but hiking is much more of an adventure.
6. La Ciudad Perdida
I didn’t actually do this, but no post about hiking in Santa Marta would be complete without The Lost City. La Ciudad Perdida is a 4 to 6-day trek to an archeological site older than Machu Pichu.
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