Taironaka is an authentic natural paradise located on the banks of the Don Diego River and in the foothills of the imposing Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. This extinct indigenous settlement
still has trails and terraces of the Tayrona civilization and today it is still frequented by their descendants, the Koguis. The reserve marvels the visitor with its exuberant flora and
offers the opportunity to enjoy a river of crystal clear waters.
From Santa Marta we drive along the interesting coastal road until reaching the Don Diego river bank after approx. 90 minutes. From here, we continue by boat upstream until reaching the
reserve. As a welcome we enjoyed some delicious “patacones” with a traditional panela water. We visit the small Tayrona Museum to learn a little about the history and way of life of this
culture until today. We visit a typical bungalow of the Koguis Indians called bohío and we continued walking to pre-Hispanic terraces to a small viewpoint (roundtour approx. 45-60min). We
have time to enjoy a swim in the Don Diego River or take one of the optional activities. Around 16:00 PM, return to Santa Marta.
Optional playa Los Cocos: Without any additional cost:
we can leave Taironaka at 13:00 PM and stop at Playa de los Cocos, located just 20 minutes away. Here we have time to enjoy the sea and have lunch (not included). Return to Santa Marta at
OPC. 1 ECOLOGICAL WALK TO RIO DON DIEGUITO AND TUBING:
We walk along a path of exuberant nature and bordering the Don Diego River. After approx. 1 hour we reach the mouth of the Don Dieguito River in Don Diego. Here we can enjoy a bath at the union
of the rivers, one of hot waters and one of somewhat cold waters. After we tube down the Don Diego River on floats to reach the reserve in approx. 30 minutes. Includes: floats, float guide.
OPC2 MEETING WITH THE INDIGENOUS KOGUI, AND ASEGURANZA In the afternoon we hold a small ceremony in the bohio (hut) with one of the Kogui priests (Mamo) who live in nearby
areas. During this meeting we can have a chat with the Mamo, who will answer your questions. Then we proceed to receive the so-called “aseguranza“ (“insurance”). This ritual, common among the
Koguis, consists of balancing the energies of the body, then receiving a blessing and a simple handmade bracelet on each arm to keep away bad energies. Duration approx. 20min.
OPC 3 KAYAK TOUR TO THE ESTUARY OF THE DON DIEGO RIVER AND THE SEA
This kayak tour lasts approximately 1 hour and takes us downstream, with the current in favor and howler monkeys cheering us on, to where the river meets the sea. Here we find a beautiful,
solitary, white, sandy beach, only frequented by fishermen or the indigenous tribes, surrounded by the lush green hills of the Sierra Nevada. You can swim from the river into the sea and taste
the difference. We return to the reserve by boat and from there return to Santa Marta. Includes: Kayaks, Kayak Guide, transportation by boat back to the parking lot.