Trekking to Playa Brava


Tayrona National Park


Description of the experience

Playa Brava is a hidden destination in the Tayrona National Park, it is the perfect destination to relax and camp at night under the stars; to reach this quiet beach you have to travel to the entrance of Calabazo Tayrona, a village of Santa Marta where we find the beginning of the route to Playa Brava, and the beaches that follow during the exit through the Zaino.

Visitors to this beach are mainly foreigners who enjoy hiking, so a quiet and relaxing experience is guaranteed.
The effort of this trek is worth it because of the breathtaking scenery and the absence of crowds of tourists, making this destination the perfect setting to disconnect from the world; the ideal place for a romantic getaway or to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

This tour from Calabozo to Playa Brava in the Tayrona Park is a unique experience that combines physical challenge, natural beauty and tranquility, it is important to mention that this beach is not available for swimming, due to its huge waves.

How to get there

Playa Brava PNN Tayrona can only be accessed after an intense hike of approximately 5 hours to the beach, which can be challenging due to the mountainous and humid terrain of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

Throughout the trek, you will experience two different types of climate, a tropical rainforest climate and a tropical cloud forest by the sea; along the way you will find freshwater streams where you can refresh yourself, the water will revitalize you and give you energy to keep going.

During the hike, you will be able to observe the flora, fauna, and beautiful landscapes that characterize this trail up to “Playa Brava Teyumakke”, during the tour you will observe a Kogui Indigenous community called Tayku, if you want to visit this place, it will have an additional cost.

Once you arrive at Playa Brava, you will be able to observe the beautiful landscape and its charming white sand beach; it is the ideal place to take a rest after the long and complicated trip.

Itinerary of the experience

Arrival to Calabazo: Beginning of the experience, arrival to the meeting point in the Calabazo trail.

Start of the hike: Begin the demanding hike to Playa Brava, enjoying the scenery and biodiversity of the Tayrona Park.

Jungle trekking: Continuation of the hike, observing the local flora and fauna.

Breaks and photographs: Strategic stops to rest, hydrate and take photographs of the surroundings and the magical viewpoints.

Arrival at Playa Brava: Arrival at the beach after 5 hours of walking and accommodation in the camping area.

Lunch: Travelers take a healthy lunch to relax after the long hikes.

Beach Exploration: Free time to explore the beach, relax and enjoy the scenery.

Dinner: Dinner at the local lodge, tasting typical dishes of the Caribbean region.

Evening activities: Possible activities such as a bonfire on the beach, stargazing or interaction with other travelers.

Sunrise and breakfast: Wake up early to watch the sunrise and enjoy a healthy and energetic breakfast.

Return hike: Start of the trek back to Calabazo, enjoying one last time the beautiful views of the park.

End of the experience: Arrival to Calabazo and farewell to the group, concluding the experience.

What is included

  • Tourist guide
  • Tayrona Park entrance fee
  • Ecological walk
  • Feeding
  • Hosting
  • Insurance
  • Wildlife watching


Dry Season (Dec to Mar)

This is generally the best time to visit. The climate is drier, which makes hiking easier and the beaches more pleasant. However, these dates also coincide with the high tourist season.

High Season (Dec to Jan, Easter and mid-year)

During these times, the park can be quite crowded. If you prefer to avoid the crowds, it is best to plan your visit at other times.

Low Season

Outside of school vacations and holidays, you will find fewer visitors, which can offer a quieter and more personal experience.

What to bring

  • Personal identification.
  • Do not carry valuables.
  • Thermos or bottle of 2 liters of water.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Mosquito repellent.
  • Sunscreen or hat.
  • Flashlight for the nights.
  • Swimsuit
  • Toiletries.
  • Towel for drying.
  • Comfortable and lightweight backpack
  • Plastic for wet clothes.
  • Camera or cell phone.

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