Tayrona Ruins and tubing in Don Diego river

Product Id: TP-03


Enjoy a 45-minutes hike next to the Don Diego river and arrive at Tayronaka, an eco-hotel that was once one of the multiple indigenous settlements that Tayronas built over the Sierra Nevada. The owners of this eco-hotel spent years restoring this land, and they discovered elements, tools, and ceramic pieces from the Tayronas, which now rest in their own archaeological museum. Roam around this area and find the small terraces built over the slopes of the mountains, that somewhat emulates Lost City terraces. After touring around Tayronaka, refresh yourself doing tubing downstream the river. A splendid trip, where you can also take the sun, observe and hear the “howling monkeys” and if you are lucky enough, Simon Bolivar and Cristobal Colon peaks (the second-highest peaks next to the sea in the world). Delight yourself with an absolutely magnificent scene, once you get to see the mountains and the river merging with the sea.

Difficulty level





9 hours

Tubing in Don Diego River

What’s included?

  • One bottled water per person
  • Private transportation
  • Professional driver at full disposal
  • Insurance
  • Taironaka admission fee
  • Tubing activity
  • Professional guide


  • Food (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Tips (Optional)

What do I need to bring?

  • Sunblock.
  • Mosquito repellent.
  • Comfortable clothes, a cap, and sneakers.
  • Swimsuits and towels
  • Cash for paying lunch
  • Copy of your passport


  • Our driver will pick you up at your hotel at 08:00 AM.
  • After one hour and 20 minutes ride, you will arrive at the Don Diego River.
  • Once there, our driver will leave you in the parking lot, and you will start the hike with our guide to the ruins.
  • Once in Taironaka ruins you will roam around the place, find the terraces that the Tayronas built as well as a small archaeological museum built with pieces they found.
  • After finishing the tour around the place, you will start the tubing activity.
  • You can decide how much time you wish to spend doing the tubing activity from 1 to 1.5 hours.
  • Once you finish this activity, our guide will take you to a restaurant for lunch (this meal is not included).
  • After taking lunch, we have 2 options: we can go to a beach town called Palomino, or we can return to the hotel.

Don’t miss this experience. You won’t regret it!

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TripAdvisor Reviews

Amazing Experience with Bukap! I cannot recommend Bukap travel enough! From my initial contact with Santiago I knew that everything would go so smoothly, the company was such a dream to deal with- such a refreshing experience of efficiency and professionalism in Colombia! They went above and beyond to accommodate us, our driver was on time and made our trip an absolute pleasure. If you’re going to northern Colombia, do yourself a favour and book with Bukap, you will not be disappointed. 10/10 for this company!!
5 start private transportation from Cartagena to Santa Marta by Bukap!! This was my first time in Colombia and I was little hesitant to book a private car for transportation. However based on some good reviews I made a decision to take private car from Cartagena to Santa Marta. Santiago whom i was in touch with since booking was really helpful and provided all the necessary information. The driver was so nice and friendly and made the 4 hours drive very pleasant. Overall I would highly recommend Bukap.
Vinayak Deshpande
Vinayak Deshpande
La mejor opción para visitar el parque nacional del Tayrona Una experiencia súper recomendable! Tanto nuestro conductor como nuestro guía, Juan, fueron encantadores y estuvieron pendientes de que disfrutáramos al máximo de la experiencia. Juan sabía muchísimo sobre el parque del Tayrona e hizo lo posible porque viéramos todos los animales posibles. Además, sabe explicar toda la naturaleza que allí se encuentra. Un chico muy simpático y profesional que se nota que, además, disfruta con su trabajo.
sara a
sara a
Perfect transfer Our trip went very well, they contact us earlier to arrange the pick up and the communication are really easy. Our driver Mr. Hader made the trip really smootlhy and secure, he explain all to us during the trip, inclusive some history of the places. Recommend.
Rodrigo A
Rodrigo A
Smooth transportation to Cartagena Great service. Very smooth pickup, Jesús was a great driver. Plus we got there ahead of the expected time.
Cary B
Cary B
10/10 can recommend I had an exceptional experience with the transport service from Cartagena to Santa Marta. The punctuality, comfort, and professionalism of the staff exceeded my expectations. The journey was smooth, and the vehicle was well-maintained. I would rate it a solid 10/10 and highly recommend it to others seeking a reliable and enjoyable travel option between these two cities.
Vanessa L
Vanessa L
Very good Very good service. Punctual. Our driver, Hader, was great. Very competent and kind. Safe driving. He also gave us very useful and interesting information about the area. The car was clean. Good communication with the company before and after the trip.
Minca to Cartagena private transport From the time of making the booking I experienced a high level of communication. I didn’t have to worry about anything or question anything My driver was very competent and drove well and friendly in an unobtrusive way. We made one stop at a nice service station on the way and made it to Cartagena in approximately four hours. Overall I’m glad I took this option, for me I felt it was a choice and worth the price.
Best attention, quick and convenient! The drivers were very nice. Always checking whether I needed something and they were always in time! The cars were clean and spacious!
Laura A.
Laura A.
Great driver from Santa Marta to Cartagena We had a great driver from Santa Marta to Cartagena. He was very nice/friendly, picked us up on time, very professional and even stopped as we requested at the Sharika statue in Barranquilla on the way. Highly recommend!

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COVID-19 Restrictions

Visitors are required to use a face mask the whole time and must follow safety protocols at the entrance such as hand disinfection and temperature checks.

Is this tour available every day?

This tour isn’t available on Wednesdays.