<p><br> Pristine Caribbean beaches make Tayrona National Park a standout in northern <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/colombia-guide/">Colombia</a>. The park is one of several natural and cultural attractions in the area that include the 16th-century city of Santa Marta and Ciudad Perdida, an archaeological site to rival Machu Picchu.</p>

Tayrona National Park


Pristine Caribbean beaches make Tayrona National Park a standout in northern Colombia. The park is one of several natural and cultural attractions in the area that include the 16th-century city of Santa Marta and Ciudad Perdida, an archaeological site to rival Machu Picchu.

Photograph by Jane Sweeney, Corbis

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