How to do Tayrona Park differently

Looking for accommodation in Tayrona National Park, but don’t want to sleep in a hammock? I found a way to do it comfortably, in style, and without breaking the bank… 

The standard and most touristy place to stay in the park is Cabo San Juan. Home to the famous hammocks – but there are a few restrictions:

  • It’s busy so you need to get there early to bank a hammock
  • There are only hammocks – not the most comfortable, and this is coming from a 5″2 girl, so good luck to all those 6″ chaps out there
  • It’s pretty much impossible to get there carrying a big rucksack, as it involves a 3 hour walk through narrow trees. So you’d need to leave it somewhere. Most people leave it in Santa Marta, but it’s a bit of a faff.

So where do you stay in Tayrona Park if you want comfort and somewhere to put your bag?

I stayed at Manigua Tayrona Park, and I couldn’t recommend them more!

Want to check them out on Here’s the link.

Located just outside Tayrona Park, this is a small guesthouse run by a super kind Colombian family, who went out of their way to make our stay as special as possible.

A friend of a friend told me about them, and I have to admit we only booked it initially out of convenience. We were fairly unprepared at the time – it was Easter weekend, so it was busy, and we didn’t know what else to do.

But everything about it was seamless.

They came to pick us up from Costeno beach and immediately greeted us with lulo fruit juice & beers. And we went for a dip in their pool, and had an afternoon nap in the biggest, most comfortable hammocks I have ever slept in (even my 6 foot 4 friend fell asleep in one!). We woke up to wafts of the amazing home-cooked stew that was being cooked by the family chef, for all the guests.

Tayrona National Park accommodation- stay at Manigua

Alejandra (one of the owners) even booked our tickets for the park, so we didn’t have to queue the following day.

We left early in the morning, having checked out but leaving our bags there, for the park. The hike really is beautiful, through the jungly trees & along the beach – it’s like something I’d never done before.

Tayrona National Park accommodation

And afterwards, we went back to Manigua to get our bags, before heading on to Minca.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy.


Tayrona National Park accommodation

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