Santa Marta is world famous for the beauty of its geography, for the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the highest coastal mountain range in the world, which sweep down to the sea where you will find the Tayrona National Park. Colombia is the second most bio diverse country on earth and the wild untamed beauty of the Tayrona Park is home to a great variety of species of flora and fauna. The scenery varies from white sandy beaches to semi tropical rainforest and the park is home to many species of birdlife, for which the Colombia is famous.
Covering an area of 37,000 acres of which 7,000 correspond to coastal waters. The majority of the park is covered by virgin tropical forest and inhabited by over 100 species of mammals; 200 species of birds and 50 species of reptiles. The Paujil, a breed of hen, is often represented in Tayrona gold work crafted by the pre-Hispanic Tayrona Indians, who once lived in this area, and is indigenous to the park, as is the majestic condor which nests in the highest peaks of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Monkeys can often be seen along the fringes of the beaches. There are a series of oval stones which according to the indigenous culture have a relationship with the cosmology of the Tayrona people. Along the trail there are a series of look out points which afford general views of the park and depending upon good fortune, the opportunity to see some of the local wildlife.