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Santa Catalina - Other Activity Providencia and Santa Catalina - Colombia

The tiny island of Santa Catalina was connected to Providencia at one time, but it is believed that pirates—possibly Henry Morgan or the Dutchman Edward Manswelt—may have cut a 100-meter (328-ft) wide channel to make for an easily defendable, one-square-kilometer base on Santa Catalina.

Today the island is connected to Providencia by a causeway named “Puente de los Enamorados” (“Lover’s Bridge”). Across the bridge from Providencia is a path along the waterfront, which is interrupted with placards detailing historical curiosities and identifying where six forts have been placed over the years. What remains today of these bastions, symbols of European imperial designs, are hardened rubble and a few scattered cannons.

Be sure to bring along your camera and snap some photos of the views and of the delightfully painted traditional Caribbean architecture.


Santa Catalina

Providencia and Santa Catalina, Colombia

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Getting There

Walk across Lover's Bridge!

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Relative price: Free

Travel Skills: None

Currencies accepted
Colombian Peso

Here are other activities in and around Providencia and Santa Catalina that may be of interest: Parque Nacional Natural Old Providence Mcbean Lagoon,

By Richard McColl
With over five years travelling and working in Latin America, Richard feels most at home here in the big Continent. From the former Scottish...
08 Aug 2011

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