Guide to visit Santa Marta

If you are planning to visit the Colombian coast don’t miss this guide to visit Santa Marta this 2021. Santa Marta is one of the most touristic cities in Colombia. This is mainly because it is a city that has a lot to offer. From enchanting beaches, delicious rivers, to the greatest adventures in the mountains. 


How to get to Santa Marta?

Getting to Santa Marta is very easy. You can arrive by plane to the Simon Bolivar airport which has routes from all major cities in the country. Some of the airlines that fly to Santa Marta are Avianca, Viva Air, Wingo, among others. It is also very easy to arrive by land to the transportation terminal. Buses arrive there from all cities in the country. The price of this ticket will vary depending on the season.


Where to stay in Santa Marta? 

Habitacion Hotel Best Western
Habitacion Hotel Best Western

Santa Marta has a wide hotel offer. You can choose where to stay depending on your budget and the area of the city you wish to stay. 

In the center of the city you can stay in hotels like the San Miguel Imperial, Ribai, or if you want a more luxury hotel the Best Western or the Hilton Garden Inn are a good option. There are also very good possibilities of hostels such as the Villana Hostel, Masaya Hostel and Fatima Hostel.

You also have the option of Rodadero, in that case there are options such as Porto Bahia, Sansiraka, Bello Caribe, etc. Finally there is the hotel zone of Bello Horizonte, which is a little further from the center but it is super easy to find transportation to the sights of the city. It has the advantage that most hotels in this area have access to the beach. In this case you can stay at the Marriot Playa Dormida Hotel and  the Santorini. 


What to do in Santa Marta? 

As we mentioned before, it is a city that has a lot to offer. Here are some places that you will surely love: 

Historic center and sites of interest in the city.

The historic center of Santa Marta has some very nice streets with charming colonial architecture that you can walk through. You will also find places like the Gold Museum, the cathedral, the park of the bride and groom, the Cloister San Juan Nepomuceno, among others. 

On the other side of the city you can visit the Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, the place where Simon Bolivar died. This is a hacienda that has very beautiful gardens, in addition to the architecture and history that can be seen there. 

You should read: City Tour Santa Marta 



Of course this city on the Caribbean coast has beautiful beaches. Some of them are: Cabo San Juan, Playa Cristal, Bahía Concha, El Rodadero, Taganga, Playa Grande, Playa Blanca, among many others. All of them are very beautiful and offer a variety of plans. An option that may interest you to know the beaches of Santa Marta is to take a sailing tour, an ideal plan for the whole family. 


You should read: How to get to and what to do in the Tayrona Park? 


Ciudad Perdida



Ciudad Perdida is one of the must-see places in Colombia. In the middle of the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, is this archaeological site. After its discovery in 1976 it has become a very visited place by tourists from all over the world. The site is completely beautiful. There you can breathe history, culture, nature and above all a unique energy. To get to the lost city it is necessary to do it with an authorized agency. The tour takes 4 or 5 days and is practically all on foot. Although it may seem very challenging, we assure you that it is the most exciting part of the experience. The beauty of this trip is not only the archaeological site, during the whole tour you will enjoy unparalleled landscapes. 


Indigenous community 

This is an experience that will give you a different vision of many things. You will learn about the traditional culture of the communities of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. You will learn about the ancestral knowledge that has been passed down from generation to generation in these indigenous groups, and that they still preserve today. At the same time you will enjoy the nature, the rivers and the incredible views of these places.


If you would like to make a tour of this type we offer you: Atazi Trip, Nikwali, Visit to the Kogui Seiwiaka village. 



This small coffee town is ideal for nature lovers. In Minca, in addition to touring the town, you can do activities such as a coffee tour, bathe in the blue well or Marinka waterfalls, attend a cocoa tasting and go on ecological hikes. A very interesting option is to spend a day in Sierra Minca a very nice place that has incredible views of the city. 






Eating at local restaurants


The traditional food of Santa Marta is delicious. There is a variety of typical dishes such as fried or stewed fish, the famous cayeye, fried foods such as empanada and arepa de huevo, among others. If you want to eat a traditional Samarian recipe we recommend Mama Zulma’s restaurant in Taganga.

We invite you to watch this video to learn more about Mama Zulma’s restaurant: Taganga #LaMagiaEstáAqui – Turismo Gastronómico

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