Taganga

Taganga is a small fishing town located just 5km north of Santa Marta, in the department of Magdalena. It’s just an hour bus ride from legendary Parque Tairona. Located on Colombia‘s Caribbean coast, it has recently emerged as a tourism hot spot. It’s a great place to enjoy a laid back couple of days or week, soak in the sun, and treat yourself to some nice hostels and restaurants.

Unfortunately, it’s a very long bus ride from Bogota (20 hours), Medellin (14 hours), and Cali (22 hours). You’re better of looking for a promotion with Avianca and flying. A flight is a little over an hour, and you may be able to find something as cheap as $100.000 one way.

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Taganga is built onto a hillside, and in just the past five years has become flush with tourism wealth. The village is situated around a small cove which has a beach, and a vast array of fishing boats. A much better option for a swim is Playa Grande, just a fifteen minute walk to the north through a beautiful path built into the cliffside.

Taganga is crawling with tourists during high season, both Colombian and foreign. If you’re looking for great accommodation, check out Casa Divanga. It’s a French-owned establishment with a small pool, fabulous restaurant, and a delightful rooftop bar with pool table. There are actually two Casa Divangas, just a couple of blocks apart, so try to book the one with the pool.

Parque Tairona is just an hour away by bus. First, you’ll need to take a van to downtown Santa Marta, and from there, take a bus on the highway towards Riohacha/Venezuela, and ask the bus driver to let you off at the park entrance.

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