In truth ‘landmarks’ is a strong word for what you’ll find in Tayrona National Park, and the magic of the place isn’t so much in locating particular spots so much as losing yourself in the wild jungles or along the idyllic shores. It’s a place to put down your guidebook, forget about ticking off destinations and just relaxing.
Still, for those who like a bit of order to their relaxing time, there are certain locations in Tayrona National Park that are somewhat iconic, or interesting to seek out for their cultural significance. If nothing else, these landmarks are good to locate yourself and find your way back home.
El Pueblito is like La Ciudad Perdida’s little brother. Lesser known, lesser visited and less spectacular, it nonetheless makes for a rewarding hike that won’t take more than a few hours to complete. The rocky path is easy to navigate (although slippery when wet), but you should be sure to leave for the hike before 1pm.
To find El Pueblito is easy enough thanks to the abundance of signs that punctuate your route. You should leave from San Juan del Cabo beach and head into the jungle from there.
Upon arrival you can see the ruins of a small, ancient Tayrona village and within the vicinity are usually locals selling various hemp items. The site is worthy of a few photos, although the main attraction may well be the hike itself, which is simple and offers various spectacular views of the local scenery.
El Cabo de San Juan
Most of the iconic images that you will see of Tayrona are likely to be those taken at Cabo San Juan, with its enormous rocks lording it over the Caribbean water and the solitary hut staring longingly out to sea. No matter how many times you look at it, you can’t help but think that you are stuck in a heavily photoshopped image from a glossy magazine.
Flanked by raw nature (although the onslaught of tourism has left it somewhat less rugged and savage than it used to be) and dense jungle, this place really gives the sensation that you’ve left the world behind and started to live the simple life. However, get here soon, as it is quickly getting developed and, although there are times when the park is relatively empty, the days when you could be the only person sitting on a picturesque beach have long gone.