Getting to: Playa Brava in Parque Tayrona, Colombia

Playa Brava (Teyumakke) is a beautiful beach found in Parque Tayrona National Park.

Playa Brava Teyumakke is a stunning beach nestled in Parque Tayrona National Park. Visitors to the park often take a leisurely stroll along the park's perimeter, stopping off at beaches like Playa Brava along the way. The park boasts many beaches facing the Atlantic Ocean, making it a great destination for beach-lovers. For the more adventurous, there are 3- and 5-day hiking tours to the lost city. For those looking to relax, Playa Brava offers a peaceful respite from the crowds.


Playa Brava offers a peaceful respite from the crowds.

A photo of Playa Brava Teyumakke, a stunning beach nestled in Parque Tayrona National Park.

Here’s some information before arriving to the park. We found that the only way to get a bed reservation was to book in advance with the email shown on the image below. Sometimes they have openings for hammocks, but those are first come, first serve. Or you can bring camping supplies and camp on the grass.

A photo of the menu at Playa Brava. or whatsapp: +57 – 315 – 230 – 0818

Price breakdown per night:

  • Cabana Privada + Desayuno = $ 160.000(Private Cabin + Breakfast =  $50 USD)
  • Cabana Grupal + de 3 personas = $60.000(Group  Cabin of 3 beds = $19 USD)
  • Hamaca con mosuitero y sabana = $30.000 Hammock with bug net + blanket = $9.50 USD)
  • Camping = $15.000 ($4.75 USD)
  • Desayuno = $20.000 (Breakfast $6.50 USD)
  • Almuerzo = $30.000 (Lunch $9.50 USD)
  • Cena = $20.000 (Dinner $9.50 USD)

Alquiler mulas (Mule Rental):

  • To Calabazo  = $80.000 (Dinner $25.50 USD)
  • To Cabo  = $120.000 (Dinner $38 USD)

Playa Brava is inhabited by two families who have friendly dogs that roam around the area. Since they only get reception in a small section of the island or when they go back to the town to pick up supplies, it is advisable to book a couple of months in advance via WhatsApp or email. Please note that they occasionally run out of supplies at their small convenience store, which stocks items like candy, toiletries, snacks, and water. The people in charge speak English and can cater to vegetarian and vegan diets.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner is served in between certain times. So make sure you ask in advance to book a meal!

There's a scenic 20-minute hike leading to a stunning waterfall, and in the opposite direction, a trail that leads to Pueblito. This town is home to the Tayrona Colombian natives, although we didn't get the chance to visit because we got spooked by what we thought were jaguars (yikes!). We later learned that the howling monkeys inhabiting the jungle are usually heard from a distance, and if encountered, the worst they might do is throw feces. Still not pleasant, but at least less dangerous than a jaguar attac

This is the park entrance, which is located about a 5-minute walk away from the posted signs. There is a daily limit on the number of people allowed to enter the park, but it's typically the other East entrance that reaches its limit first. This Calabazo entrance, on the other hand, is less popular among tourists and mostly used by locals or those familiar with the area. Below is a breakdown of the park fees, and don't forget to bring your passport as it's required for entry.

  • Colombian citizens pay $13.500 per day ($4.30 USD)
  • Everyone else pays $30.750 per day ($9.75 USD)
  • Medical Insurance $2.500 (80¢ per day)

Medical insurance can be helpful in case of an emergency or unexpected medical issue during your trip. It can provide financial assistance for medical treatment, emergency transport, and other related expenses. In the case of my mom's friend who had a heart attack at the park, the medical insurance likely covered the cost of the helicopter transport and medical care received. While it's possible that emergency services may have still been sent without insurance, having insurance can provide peace of mind and help alleviate some of the financial burden associated with medical emergencies.

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