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Santa Marta is a quite big city with over 400 000 inhabitants on the Caribbean coast. It is popular among Colombian tourists who come here for the beaches. Many of them are staying at the resorts in Rodadero in the south of Santa Marta.

When I visited Colombia the first time I didn’t stay in Santa Marta but in the nearby fishing village Taganga. But I visited Santa Marta many times to arrange the Ciudad Perdida trek, to withdraw money from the ATM, shop at one of the big supermarkets and to see some of the city. Places of interest to see are the Gold Museum, the Cathedral, Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino (the hacienda were Simón Bolívar died) and an aquarium. There is a beach promenade by the sea where it can be nice to take a stroll.

When I returned to the area in August 2008 I stayed in Santa Marta as it was a better starting point for going to Tyrona National Park and to Venezuela.

  • Last visit to Santa Marta: Jul 2008
  • Intro Updated Sep 26, 2008
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Lots of helpful transportation tips on this page. You wouldn't want to forget your passport, would you, could be thrown in gaol! I was wondering if the beach is sand or not, hard to tell in the photo?

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Lots of helpful transportation tips on this page. You wouldn't want to forget your passport, would you, could be thrown in gaol! I was wondering if the beach is sand or not, hard to tell in the photo?

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Oct 30, 2013 at 11:44 PM

      Hello Dee! The beach in the town is mostly sand but also contains pebbles.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Jan 24, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Looks charming & a nice base for your trek.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2008 at 10:52 PM

    :-)) Santa Marta also didn't change much ! Oh how I miss the food and fruit there :-)) I didn't know that there is a Gold Museum as well! And Tananga, isn't it beautiful? Have you also been at the tiny beach in the next bay?

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2008 at 8:38 PM

    Great page!

  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2008 at 12:22 AM

    I liked the Gold Museum - it must be interesting to see those gold items, jewellery and textiles of Indians! Juan Valdez Cafe seems a good place to taste colombian coffee and buy nice souvenirs :) - Very useful new tips. I'll try to stay in Casa Familiar!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Oct 1, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    What an amazing page, with great additions since I first viewed it a year ago! I really admire your adventurous spirit in visiting places like this that are so far off the beaten track. Even nearby Taganga is such a beautiful spot, yet unheard of!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Aug 14, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Hello, Malena! Thanks for your brilliant tips! Take care! ~

  • leonik's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2008 at 7:43 AM

    hola malena! i just flagged down any minibus that has the sign for taganga on the main boulevard by the beach... =) instead of having to go to the terminal or plaza bolivar... didn't think much of santa marta though. and i missed ciudad perdida!

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2008 at 7:52 AM

    Revisiting....Very detailed useful transportation tips for Santa Marta, even counting the hours and minutes and pesos required.

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