6 Breathtaking Santa Marta Hikes, Colombia

6 Breathtaking Santa Marta Hikes, Colombia

Discover 6 breathtaking Santa Marta hikes. The 2 most famous places for hiking in Santa Marta are Tyrona National Park and the Lost City. While these 2 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.

1 Breathtaking Santa Marta Hikes, Colombia, Playa Grande

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.

2 Breathtaking Santa Marta Hikes, Colombia, Tayrona National Park, Pueblito

3. Minca

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.

3 Breathtaking Santa Marta Hikes, Colombia, Minca

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.

4. Breathtaking Santa Marta Hikes, Colombia, Paso Del Mango

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.

7 Fun Things to Do in Santa Marta, Colombia, Playa Blanca

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.

6 Fun Things to Do in Santa Marta, Colombia, Ciudad de Perdida

By Gavin Rough from Waterloo, Canada (Lost City Ruins) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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Comments ( 9 )
  1. Rach Rob
    December 18, 2017 at 16:16

    Tayrona closed a week before I got there for the season and I was so bummed! But the lost city hike was one of the most memorable experiences of my life!

    • Bert Luxing
      December 18, 2017 at 22:56

      I didn’t know they closed Tayrona, I guess I was lucky to get in.

  2. Aditya
    December 18, 2017 at 20:44

    Definitely, the first and sixth I will go whenever I get the chance. Even if it is for hiking. Those do look breathtaking.

  3. kavita
    December 19, 2017 at 03:26

    amazing view…I have never heard These famous hiking places …Thanks for sharing this post…

  4. five little doves
    December 19, 2017 at 10:24

    Wow these posts always make me so jeaolous that we live so far away! ive never been to santa marta but it looks gorgeous!

  5. kathryn Maher
    December 20, 2017 at 02:07

    I’m loving the hiking choices you made and have featured in your post. My favourites are the Waterfall Hike in Bonda it looks super fun and I also love the Tayrona National Park. I hope to travel and do some hiking myself in the future.

  6. Rahul Khurana
    December 20, 2017 at 11:21

    These are really nice options for a hike. I love trekking and exploring things by going the odd way. Playa Grande looks really beautiful and would love to do these if I ever visit Colombia. The La Ciudad archaeological site looks interesting too.

  7. Irena
    December 20, 2017 at 12:48

    Wow, those are really some breathtaking places. I would love to visit some of them.

  8. London Mumma
    December 21, 2017 at 07:18

    I have never heard of Santa Marta before, but it sure does look amazing.

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