A Walk Through Taganga, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia
Come take a walk through Taganga. It is a beautiful little fishing village surrounded by lush green hills. You can find it about 15 minutes from the city of Santa Marta in Colombia.
Taganga is small. You could walk along the beach from one end to the other in ten minutes if you wanted to. But, if you wander a little further out, and stop along the way to smell the roses, you could spend a few days or more there.
A Walk through Taganga
A kilometer or so before getting to Taganga from Santa Marta there is a mirador (lookout point). It offers a fantastic view overlooking the village. You can ask the bus driver to drop you there if you want or walk up from the beach. It’s not very far.
About halfway down the hill from the mirador to the village you can take a left at Hostel Azules Techos (blue roofs). This takes you to a spot where you can swim and, although it isn’t fantastic, you can snorkel there too. The water is clearer to the left, away from the beach.
From here you could swim to the main beach area. Or, continue walking down the hill. You can take the stairs on your left immediately before “The Mirador” bar straight to the main beach. The other option is to take the road all the way into the village and then turn left.
The beach is in two parts. The first is a swimming area and the other is for all the small boats.
The road in front of Taganga beach is complete with small shops, street food, bars, and restaurants. There are even a couple of small supermarkets.
You can get all the basic necessities without leaving Taganga, but it is cheaper in town (centro). Fresher too, especially from the open market.
Towards the end of the beach, you can buy the day’s catch straight from the fisherman.
At the very end of the beach is a path leading up the hills.
I especially enjoyed all the cactuses in the area. There’s something about cactuses near the ocean. I feel like they should only be in the desert… haha.
There are a couple of turns that go off that path which will lead you to the ocean. I didn’t go down any of them yet, but I will check them out for snorkeling one day.
At the end of the path, you will arrive at Playa Grande. It’s about a 15-minute walk.
Playa Grande is a similar setup to Taganga Beach, only smaller.
Behind the restaurants are a small residential area and a path which I may try hiking along one day.
Walk along Playa Grande to the end of the beach and there is another path. It may be possible to walk all the way into Tayrona National Park on it.
You can hike back to Taganga the same way you came, or take a boat. You could take a boat either way and all the way to Tayrona and other places if you want.
Once back in Taganga, take a stroll through the back streets. There you will find more small (cheaper) restaurants, a drug store, a church, a football field, small hardware stores, and more.
Getting to Taganga
The bus to Taganga starts at the bus terminal in Santa Marta. It goes via some neighborhoods before going through the center of Santa Marta (Carrera 5). It continues past the fresh market, and then onto Taganga. The whole journey takes over an hour. It is a blue bus with the words Taganga on the front. Wave it down when you see it and give the driver your money on the way in. It costs 1,600 COP, 1,800 COP on Sundays and holidays.
During the day the buses are quite frequent (less than every ten minutes) but after about 7 or 8 pm they hardly ever come. One night I was near the transport terminal around 7:30 pm and waited for about 40 minutes. I would have had to wait more but I asked the drivers and they said they would ask for permission to go to Taganga.
Have you taken a walk in Taganga before? Let me know all about it in the comments 😀 .