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Taganga una 'ganga' - Colombia

This blog is about my trip to the beautiful fishing village of Taganga, surrounded by green hills, cacti and great sandy beaches. This little piece of Heaven on Earth oozes that special laidback atmosphere so typical of the Caribbean coast of northern Colombia.

From Santa Marta I took a taxi to Taganga... Whilst descending the mountain prior to my arrival at the village, I drank in the beautiful views over the shining sea with its striking colors contrasting with the surrounding green mountains... I was both intoxicated and excited at the same time by so much 'real maravillioso'... marvellous reality!

It was great to enjoy the beach-life, swinging in my hammock; this place was so full of the “holiday mood”. I talked to a few people on the beach and reserved a boat for the next day. The following morning together with a friend and a few other tourists we traveled in the boat to a beach called "Playa Cristal" which lies inside the limits of the Tayrona National Park. Within a little less than an hour we had arrived and wow ... I felt as if I was in paradise. A turquoise sea surrounded by beautiful mountains an amazing spot and yet not too many people on the beach! I felt totally blissed out and without a care in the world! After an afternoon of total chilling combined with a little snorkeling and a tasty bite for lunch, our boat picked us up again and we set off back to Taganga.

Taganga is one of the cheapest places in the world in which to learn to dive....Diving here really is a great deal, ´una ganga´!, you can obtain at a super low cost your diving certificate. Course prices are very reasonable... “Open Water Course” 670.000 cop, an “Advanced Course” 630.000 cop and only a 150.000 cop for a double dive when you already have the certificate.

Taganga is also ideally situated for excursions to the Tayrona National Park, the "Lost City" and the beach at Bahia Concha. You could do a snorkeling tour leaving from the beach in Taganga or start a bike adventure to surrounding places such as Minca, Los Pinos, Palomino or other areas in or around the Tayrona Park.

Taganga is a cozy village with many good restaurants and a pleasant promenade where there is always something going on. It was nice to see how the fishermen were conducting their business on the beach and I enjoyed some spectacular sunsets. It´s truly a perfect place to just drop out and to tune into the laidback Caribbean lifestyle! Spanish and diving schools abound... so soon you´ll be chatting to the locals and feeling like a fish in water!

In the evening some friends and I went to ´Mirador´, an open air disco/bar on the rooftop of a building overlooking the beach. The dance floor was plenty big enough... which could be just as ´swell´ if your still on your sea legs after a day out on the ocean !?... it was the perfect end to a perfect day... such a wonderful feeling to dance with the breeze on my face combined with the stunning view over this enchanting fishermen´s bay. A memory that I carried away stowed securely in my treasure chest of amazing and unique places to have had the great good fortune to have visited and revisited... It´s always feels great to be back in Taganga... a totally different and refreshing experience!

This magical fishing village really is a ´great deal’ or a ´ganga´ as Colombians would say… don´t  miss out on this so cool and really inexpensive place to chill!

Santa Marta = 10min, taxi 8/tr; collectivo = 1.2pp. Tayrona-Santa Marta = 1hr, bus 5pp. Santa Marta-Cartagena = 4hrs, ±32-43pp. Direct transport to Tayrona = 17pp.

-The boat is always paid cash when arriving back in Taganga. Don’t pay in advance.
-It is better to get some cash in Santa Marta before you head off because the ATM is Taganga is not always working.
-Here you can find more information about prices and activities.

Written by Colombia Fácil in 2012.