In the department of Magdalena, 34 km from the beautiful city of Santa Marta, Colombia is the Tayrona National Natural Park, a sanctuary of nature and archaeological remains that invite you to meet with yourself. Ecosystems such as mangroves, corals, algae meadows, thorny thickets and magical dry, moist and cloudy forests proliferate and harbor a surprising variety of plant and animal species that are testimony to life. White sand beaches that preserve a special natural environment.
In this park can be practiced the sighting of flora and fauna, especially birds, on the way to extinction. In addition to its natural and archaeological attractions, the Tayrona National Natural Park is a good place for ecotourism thanks to its exotic waves beaches that differ from one to another and even to its areas suitable for diving, the three best known are: Bahia Concha, a beautiful resort with cabanas and restaurants; Neguanje and Cañaveral, with its camping area and some delightful beaches amid the exuberant nature. The stone paths that lead from the different beaches to the Chairama, now known as Pueblito, are also toured by tourists as one of its main attractions.
Tour in Cabo San Juan
The Tayrona Park stands out for its diversity of environments, both terrestrial and marine. During the tour of the Cabo San Juan Tour we will enjoy the beautiful green trails that the park offers that will take us to visit its paradisiacas beaches until arriving to Cabo San Juan where to delight us in its crystalline and calm waters.
The Lost City
Getting to the Lost City is an unforgettable adventure. Built around 700, it is the main urban center of the ancient Tayrona civilization and constitutes one of the most important archaeological sites for the investigation of this culture. Here there are circular squares, stairs, roads and canals built in stone that serve as a base for houses made of straw and bahareque.
In the middle of the dense flora of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and its Natural Park, is the Lost City or Tejuna Archaeological Park. Their finding was made in 1976 by a group of researchers, although a year earlier a guanero had discovered it. It has about 13 hectares of area.
When the Tayronas lived, the various indigenous peoples of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta communicated by means of stone roads. They inhabited circular bohios without windows and with palm roofs on stone terraces.
The surprising thing about the Lost City is the complexity of its architecture, which contemplated a system of channels to transport rainwater through the population and the terraces to preserve soil fertility. There are also cave paintings and petroglyphs (drawings engraved in stone), among which the Stone of Donama stands out for the multiple interpretations of their carvings.