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Tayrona National Park Closure For Cleansing

One of the most stunning ecological destinations in Colombia will be closed from January 28th until February 28th next year. Located on the Carribean coast of Colombia, near the town of Santa Marta, Tayrona National Park will be given this time to rest and recover.

Rituals of Payment

Blue sky, blue sea and white sand on the beach in Tayrona National Park

The decision to close the Tayrona National Park during this period comes in response to a special request from local indigenous leaders. The leaders of four indigenous peoples, of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, made the request. They have stated that during this period of rest, the park will undergo a number of rituals of payment carried out by the Mamos. These traditional rituals are to aid in the natural and cultural recovery of the area.

Health of the Tayrona National Park

Green trees and blue seas in Tayrona National Park

The closure applies to all ecosystems of the park; both land and marine life with be given the time to recover. There have been concerns over the effects tourism is having on the park. Providing the ecosystems with this time off will allow the soils, water sources and air to recover. Reducing stress on the ecosystems is particularly important this time of year, as it is dry season in the Park.

This will be the fourth consecutive year that officials have closed the Tayrona National Park for cleansing and recovery.

What to do now

View of mountains, beach and Ocean in Tayrona National Park

If you have a trip booked to the area during this time contact your tour providers. It is likely the park will be closed during this period in future years. It is best to look into travelling to the Tayrona National Park at a different time of year.

Learn more about this incredible national park on our blog Discovering Tayrona National Park or plan your tropical escape to this gorgeous part of the world here. 

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