Santa Marta Colombia

Discover Santa Marta!

Santa Marta, on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, boasts a fine natural harbor and splendid views, but that’s only part of the reason the Spaniards chose it for their first settlement.

Their choice was influenced by gold. The local Tairona indigenous communities were known for their goldsmithing work. Some of their products, what didn’t get shipped back to Spain via the new port of Santa Marta, is on view in Bogota as part of the Treasures from the Museo del Oro. Now, the Tairona Heritage Studies Centre is devoted to the study of the indigenous groups which inhabit the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
Founded in 1525 by Roger de Bastidas, Santa Marta is ideally located for visits to the Santa Marta mountain range, second in height only to the Andes running through Colombia and two national parks. While it doesn’t have some of the tourism infrastructure of Cartagena down the coast, it has warm, clean beaches, many in Tayrona, or Tairona, park.

Getting and Staying There:

By Air:
Daily flights to and from Bogota¡ and other Colombian cities use El Rodadero airport outside the city on the route to Barranquilla. Select flights from your area. You can also browse for hotels and car rentals.

By Land:
Air-conditioned busses run daily to Bogota and other cities, plus local runs to nearby communities, and Tayrona park.

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When to Go:

Santa Marta has a year-round tropical climate. It is hot during the day, but the evening sea breezes are cool and make sunsets and nightlife particularly appealing. Check today’s weather in Santa Marta.

Things to Do and See:

  • La Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino was home to Simon Bolivar during the last years of his life. A museum on the grounds houses art donated by many of the countries he helped liberate.
  • La Sierra Nevada De Santa Marta
  • Building on the Cathedral was started early in Santa Marta’s history, but not completed until the end of the 18th century
  • Sitios Historicos, photos
  • Parque TayronaPlaya Cristal

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  • Neguanje
    Arrecifes with its fantastic beaches
  • Fishing villagre of Taganga on a beautiful bay for scuba, and a cruise or walk to Playa Grand

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  • El Rodadero, one of Colombia’s most fashionable beach resorts
  • Ciudad Perdida, the “Lost City,” the home of the Tayrona Indians was built on the lush slopes of the Santa Marta mountains between the 11th and 14th centuries. Thought to be larger than Machu Pichhu, it was found, and robbed, in the 1970’s by grave robbers.
  • Photos of Santa Marta’s waterfront you decide to travel in Colombia, then Buen Viaje!



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