The scenery and the beaches are indeed beautiful, the hike is challenging and presents beautiful views, and maybe if we had one of the four spots in the hut on the top of the hill, our experience would have been a bit different, but overall we were very disappointed in this site.
-It was extremely crowded (we were there in high season, first week of January). Beach was a sea of bodies, tents packed together like at a concert, etc...
-Loud, obnoxious music at night until 4:30 am. Why? We have no idea. There was nobody at the restaurant/bar save for perhaps 5 -10 staff members. The music was incredibly loud and ranged in the genres of Columbian traditional dance music to children's music to Columbian pop. On repeat. We got to know the songs well. This was the worst part. It made sleeping impossible. Maybe up on the hill or back near the horses you couldn't hear it as well but for most of the camp it was blasted through, loud and clear.
-Poop on the trails. Yes, as the other reviewers state, this is indeed the case. Bearable but definitely what you're hiking through for about half of the trail.
-Lots of families and kids that seem to be there for quite a while at a time. Colombian family holiday hot spot.
There are positives, yes, and I'm sure that in low season and in one of the cabins or hammocks it would be a great experience, but this is what we went through. Still unforgettable in it's own way. I'm sure we'll look back at the experience and laugh one day.
- Also Known As:
- Camping Tayrona Hotel Santa Marta