"Nice and homey" Santa Marta by Lodestar

Santa Marta Travel Guide: 125 reviews and 381 photos

The oldest city in Colombia, founded in 1525 by a Spanish Conquistador, it is is located on the northern coast of South America in a beautiful bay of quiet Caribbean waters. Before the arrival of the Spaniards, it was populated by native groups of Indians. Nowadays, the economic impact of the region’s banana plantations has been surpassed by an increasing number of tourist activities that are enhanced by the city’s exuberant tropical vegetation, topographical contrasts and emerald-colored ocean.

Santa Marta is a very nice small town by the coast of the Caribbean sea. There are plenty of sightseeing things in and around the town. It is also the favourite place of dozens and dozens of packpackers, some of whome just stay in the town for the cheap women and drugs... The town is however relatively safe and clean. This is the place to go to, in case you are interested in going to Ciudad Perdida or Parque Tayrona. This is where the trips are organised from. And although going to Parque Tayrona on your own is perfectly ok and most people do it independantly, you have to go to one of the official tour organisers to go to Ciudad Perdida. santa Marta is also the place to go if you are interested in diving, as many packpackers' hostels organise diving courses and tours. So Santa Marta is more like a starting point to go other places rather than a sightseeing place itself. But it is definately worth a visit, even if you are not planning to use the help of the tour organisers.

  • Last visit to Santa Marta: Jun 2002
  • Intro Updated Jun 12, 2003
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  • AndreSTGT's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2004 at 10:10 AM

    Very beautiful Taganga picture!!! I share your opinion about Santa Marta, it's pleasant, but nothing special. The Miramar sounds fun!!!

  • Mar 6, 2003 at 1:44 AM

    Nice pictures and a very helpful page on the whole :)


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