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Santa Marta

Santa Marta

Founded in 1525, Santa Marta is the oldest surviving town in Colombia, though its colonial character has largely disappeared. The climate is hot, but the sea breeze, especially in the evening, cools the city and makes it pleasant to wander about, or to sit over a beer in any of the numerous open air waterfront cafes.

Santa Marta has become a popular tourist center mostly because of its su'_ roundings rather than for the city itself. El Rodadero, just to the south (today within the city limits), is a fashionable beach resort. North of Santa Marta is the popular fishing village of Taganga, and further northeast, the beautiful Parque Nacional Tavrona. Santa Marta is also a jumping off point for Ciudad Perdida.

Places to Visit

Museo Arqueologico Tayrona
cathedral
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino
Museo Bolivariano



Santa Marta Hotels

Betoma - Calle 8a No 1-58, Santa Marta Phone: +57 (0) 542 27339
Irotama - Via Cienaga Km 14, Santa Marta Phone: +57 (0) 542 18021
La Sierra - Carretera 1 9-47, Santa Marta Phone: +57 (0) 542 27960
Sol Arhuaco - Kra 2 N 6 49 El Rodadero, Santa Marta Colombia, Santa Marta
La Riviera - Carrera 2a 5-42, Santa Marta Phone: +57 (0) 542 27090
Puerto Galeon Hotel - El Rodadero, Santa Marta Phone: +57 (0) 542 40991
Costa Azul Beach Hotel - Zona Franca Hotelera Pozoz Col, Santa Marta
Hotel Miramar
Residencias El Titanic
Casa Familiar
Hotel Tayrona Mar
Hotel Nueva Granada
Sol Hotel Inn
Park Hotel
Hotel Punamerican
Hotel Yuldama
Finca Carpe Diem

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