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Santa Marta Travel Guide: 119 reviews and 370 photos

Founded in 1525 by Rodrigo de Bastidas - known as Spain’s ‘Noblest Conquistador’ for his refusal to maltreat native Americans even in his quest for gold - Santa Marta is the oldest surviving town founded by Europeans in the Americas. The town’s importance declined with the development of Cartegena des Indias after 1533. The city serves as a major coal port and as a tourist destination today. It is also the city where Colombia’s greatest football player Carlos Valderraman, best remembered for his blonde permed locks - he is now an asssistant coach with Atelico Junior in Barranquilla. The most historic site can be found a couple miles southeast of town at the site of a former sugar mill known as Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino - built in the 17th century - where on Dec 17, 1830, Simon Bolivar , El Libertador, died.

I was here for but a few hours, so can only provide a brief overview of what could be a much more fascinating location.

  • Last visit to Santa Marta: Nov 2008
  • Intro Written Jan 6, 2009
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  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Mar 19, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Didn't notice the coal dust in SM and much preferred it to Taganga which only held my interest long enough to grab one of their famed baguette sandwiches and watch the sunset. SM had a more authentic feel and much better overall food scene.

  • XenoHumph's Profile Photo
    Jan 11, 2009 at 8:55 AM

    Excellent page as usual! I though the first towns founded in Americas were in Santo Domingo island?? But I guess the surviving towns are different ones? Anyway, this must have been a very interesting trip!

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