Colombia’s Tayrona Park: From Drug Battlefield to Tourist Paradise?

Travel Blog  •  Joanna Kakissis  •  11.13.07 | 1:39 PM ET

imageNot long ago, Colombia’s Tayrona National Park was the bloody haunt of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), as well as right-wing paramilitary organizations, which battled over turf for the cocaine trade. But since Colombian President Álvaro Uribe began a military crackdown on death squads and drove the FARC out to the southern jungles, the park has apparently been reborn. According to Joshua Hammer’s New York Times story, in fact, Tayrona is now being touted by Colombian authoritites as a tourist paradise that’s “among the most biologically diverse of any coastal zone in the Americas.”


What’s more, he writes, the park boasts $245-a-night cabins at the Ecohabs resort “built into the side of a jungled cliff overlooking the sea.”

For those seeking an appealingly underdeveloped swathe of beauty, Tayrona delivers. “Jungle-covered hills rose precipitously over cream-colored strips of sand lined by 70-foot coconut palms - like something from the set of ‘Lost,’” Hammer writes. “We lazed on the beach and splashed in the aquamarine water until distant rumbles of thunder roused us from our reverie.”

Illustrating the park’s beauty is an accompanying slideshow.

Is this further evidence that Colombia is on the verge of becoming the new New Zealand?

Related on World Hum:
* Is Colombia the New New Zealand?
* Colombia: Besieged By Narcoterrorists or Emerging Hot Destination?
* Medellín, Colombia Gets Thumbs Up From Gray Lady

Photo by MarkG6 via Flickr (Creative Commons).

Joanna Kakissis's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe and The Washington Post, among other publications. A contributor to the World Hum blog, she's currently a Ted Scripps fellow in environmental journalism at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

4 Comments for Colombia’s Tayrona Park: From Drug Battlefield to Tourist Paradise?

Paisa 01.14.08 | 1:33 PM ET

Totally agreed - Park Tayrona is like a paradise.  The beaches are quite amazing - some of the best in all South America.

Drug rehab 04.12.08 | 1:25 PM ET

It seems that fighting against drugs has positive results after all. Yet, it’s just a battle, there is still a long run until the war is won.

Barry 06.11.08 | 5:04 PM ET

I totally thought this was about battlefield the game. You guys pop up first in Google for battlefield.


Rehab Centers 06.26.08 | 12:02 PM ET

Drug lords have a multi-billion business and fighting against such powerful people is very hard and you really need a good long term plan if you want victory.

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