Taganga, a tiny fishing village on the north coast of Colombia, is fast becoming a backpacker magnet.

Not only is it the perfect base for exploring Tayrona National Park and Ciudad Perdida, it has two pretty beaches, scores of  great restaurants and some of the cheapest dive schools in the world.

Taganga -  Colombia travel guide - Fabulous Travel Guide

Taganga - Colombia travel guide - Fabulous Travel Guide

When you’re not out at sea, or studying for your PADI,  grab a cup of cerviche and get a massage on the beach. They’re seriously relaxing and cost just 10,000 cops (£3).

Fancy a change of scene? Playa Grande is a 10-minute boat ride away and costs 6,000 cops (£1.50) return. NB. It is possible to walk there but there have been several reports of robberies up on the cliffs.

How to get to Taganga

Taganga is only a 10-minute drive from Santa Marta so either catch the K11 bus (1,500) or jump in a taxi for around 8,000 cops (£2.50). Be warned: the road to Taganga is long and winding. Drivers often overtake on blind bends and drive well over the speed limit!

If you’re coming from Santa Marta airport, the only real option is a taxi. It will take around 40 minutes and you should pay around 30,000 cops (£9). TOP TIP Agree a price before you get in – some drivers try to add hidden taxes to the price.

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