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
Rituals of Payment
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
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
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.
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