7 reasons why you should visit Santa Marta – Colombia. Santa Marta is the oldest city in Colombia. Thanks to its 492 years it awaits amazing places full of history, nature and culture. It is surrounded by an immense and calm sea. It is also sheltered by the largest coastal mountain in the world. A magical and amazing place that you should add to your travel bucket list. Its slogan “The magic of having it all” makes you understand everything you will find there.
1.Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino
An old 17th century hacienda dedicated to the production of honey, rum and panela. This is where Simon Bolivar, the liberator, spent his last days and died on December 17, 1830. It houses the Altar of the Homeland, a museum of contemporary art and a botanical garden.
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Ecological capital of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. A natural treasure hidden in it, where you can enjoy the beautiful fauna and flora, enjoy waterfalls, natural wells and an excellent climate. In addition to that you can observe about 300 species of birds including resident and migratory. The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is the highest coastal mountain in the world. Where is located one of the highest peaks in Colombia called Pico Cristobal Colon. The Sierra Nevada is the highest mountain system in the world in the tropical zone. For this reason, it is said that in the Sierra is the best climatic summary of the world, where you can find all the thermal floors from the warm beaches of the Caribbean to the glaciers that still exist at the summit.
3. Parque de los novios
From a small lake fed by the Manzanares River to the pink zone of the city is the history of the Parque de los Novios. Today you will find bars, restaurants, discos and cafes, to enjoy with your friends, family, couple or even alone. Apart from that you will find history in a bust of the politician Manuel Murillo Toro. And a monument to one of the heroes of the country, Francisco de Paula Santander, so you will be surrounded by music and history.
Where the river meets the sea, another incredible place to visit in Santa Marta. The contrast is wonderful and the rarity of nature makes it a magical place. The Buritaca River springs from the heart of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. During its journey it bathes the mountain with fresh water to meet the infinite Caribbean Sea. In addition to enjoying beautiful sunsets you can also enjoy water sports experience worth feeling.
Another place not to be missed during your stay in Santa Marta is a true paradise hidden at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. Here you will enjoy green tourism, archeology and spiritual connection. You can visit the museum. In it you will find an important collection of objects, utensils and archaeological remains that were found right there of the Tayrona culture. And to give you another reason to walk among the terraced stone terraces, the multiple cobblestone streets that connect with the rock circles. In this place there were huts and a rudimentary but efficient water collection system.
6. Tayrona National Natural Park
One of the most important natural parks in Colombia. Not only for its incredible beaches of crystalline waters, but it also has a tropical forest with diverse fauna and flora. Every corner of this Colombian paradise set by nature and beach. It is the ideal place for those who love the sea, walks in the middle of the jungle and, above all, relaxation.
Tayrona Park is a must-see destination, if you are traveling to Santa Marta, you will appreciate beautiful sunsets that will make you want to come back.
One of the most amazing treks in all of South America ideal for lovers of adventure, nature, history and culture. In it you will cross incredible trails full of nature, if you are one of those who like to watch birds on the way you will find many of them and some endemic species, during the tour you will see indigenous communities you can learn about their customs and cultures, enjoy a good and relaxing baths in the river Buritaca, really a paradise. Visit the lost city is one of the best experiences you can have if you are in Colombia.
Without a doubt Santa Marta is the magic of having it all. A perfect city to do all kinds of tourism with different alternatives: cultural, historical, archaeological, adventure, ecological, gastronomic or just relaxing. In order to continue enjoying it is our responsibility to help preserve all these wonders that this beautiful city offers us.