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Santa Marta

Parrots screech across the rooftops at dawn and dusk. Banana ships enter the harbor while local fishermen prepare to go to out to sea. People stroll along the seafront park, and swim in the warm Caribbean Sea changes that colors all day, from sapphire blue to jade-green, to opal when the sun finally sets. All of this tranquility belongs to Colombia's second most important Atlantic coast port. Santa Marta hides her treasures well to the casual visitor who has come for the larger gems of her region: Ciudad Perdida and Tayrona National Park.

Santa Marta was the first Spanish city founded in South America, at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains where they cascade to the sea. On a clear day, their snowy peaks edge the horizon. This is a port that was repeatedly sacked by pirates and the place where SimĂłn BolĂ­var died. He lived his last days at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, now a museum to the Liberatador.

With the 21st century's second decade, Santa Marta is experiencing a renaissance. Sailboats and yachts dock into the new international marina at the south end of the camellĂłn (sea front boulevard). Cruise ships call into the main port at the north end. More statues honoring the Tayrona bedeck the seaside park and a monument to local soccer legend El Pibe is at Avenida Libertador and Carrera 19.

Santa Marta's dozen cultural centers and museums frequently host of music, theater and other festivals. Near the city are the beaches of Rodadero, offering all services for the higher budget tourist and excursions to an off-shore aquarium, and Tanganga, popular with backpackers and scuba divers.

To the southwest are two interesting villages: Aracataca, hometown of Gabriel García Márquez and a real-life Macondo, and Ciénaga, set on the east side of a bird-rich lagoon and amid banana plantations, and site of the 1928 massacre. Heading into the mountains are Minca, a cool get-away from the tropical port, and San Lorenzo, gateway into Parque Nacional Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

Santa Marta's greatest draws are Parque Nacional Tayrona with white sand beaches, emerald jungles and crystalline waters, and Ciudad Perdida (the Lost City), located five-days trekking deep in the heart of the Sierra Nevada.

Neighborhoods in Santa Marta: El Rodadero,

Other places nearby Santa Marta: Barranquilla, San Andres Isla, Aracataca, San Andres, Taganga, Cartagena, Minca, Ciénaga, Providencia and Santa Catalina and Valledupar.







By Lorraine Caputo

Upon re-declaring her independence at age 29, Lorraine Caputo packed her trusty Rocinante (so her knapsack's called) and began...

05 Jul 2011

VIVA Colombia

Top Restaurants in Santa Marta

Govinda

Like its sister location in Barranquilla, the Hare Krishna\'s Govinda restaurant location here in Santa Marta is a small, upstairs affair with inside and balcony seating. Music plays low while a set ...
Restaurant
Santa Marta, Colombia

Ristorante-Viñería El Sabor de Italia

Only legitimate Italian ingredients are used at El Sabor de Italia, thus guaranteeing authentic Italian flavors. Antipastos start your meal off with a traditional touch. Then choose pasta largo ...
Restaurant
El Rodadero, Santa Marta, Colombia

Restaurante El Pibe

El Pibe has arrived from Argentina and unpacked his recipes in El Rodadero. At this sidewalk restaurant you can get Argentinean empanadas and other dishes from the Southern Cone. These specialties ...
Restaurant
El Rodadero, Santa Marta, Colombia

Mañe Cayón Restaurante

Some say that the best cazuela de mariscos in Colombia is right here at Mañe Cayón Restaurante. This sand-floored, lattice-wood-sided eatery has seafood and more seafood to satisfy your taste buds, ...
Restaurant
Santa Marta, Colombia

Baguettina Café, Panadería y Delicattesen

Yearning for pastrami, prosciutto, salami, tocineta or imported cheeses? Here’s a deli for you: Baguettina. All sorts of thick sandwiches on fresh-baked baguettes ($4.50-11), round French bread ...
Restaurant
Santa Marta, Colombia

Deli Krem

Sometimes the only thing that will really take away the sting of a blistery day is ice cream. Most locals come to Deli Krem right on the Parque de BolĂ­var to grab a hand-dipped cone in one of 15 ...
Restaurant
Santa Marta, Colombia

Donde Chucho

Tucked in a quiet corner across from the Parque de los Novios is Donde Chucho, one of Santa Marta’s premier gourmet restaurants. It takes pride in delicacies of old Italy. Pasta does plays a major ...
Restaurant
Santa Marta, Colombia

Ben & Josep

Ben & Josep serves other dishes, but let’s talk about what has made this place famous: the steaks. Not just any steak, but the filet mignon. These are tender, even when cooked medio crudo ...
Restaurant
Santa Marta, Colombia

Restaurante Lucky Hong Kong

For a different kind of typical set lunch, drop by Restaurante Lucky Hong Kong for Chinese food. Of course, Lucky Hong Kong also has à la carte selections—in fact 135 dishes— and 26 choices of ...
Restaurant
Santa Marta, Colombia

Ostras El Juancho

One evening I told the folks at the hotel, “Gee, I have such a craving for seafood.” They looked at each other and immediately said, “Donde Juancho.” (It’s really called Ostras El ...
Restaurant
Santa Marta, Colombia

Crêpes Expresso Café Bar

Each named after writers and other figures of French culture, the crêpes at Crêpes Expresso Café Bar are haute cuisine. Eric (oui, French) and his crew mount some delicious, freshly prepared ...
Restaurant
Santa Marta, Colombia

Top Hotels

Hotel Yuldama

The Hotel Yuldama is a relic of late 1950s architecture. The disappointingly worn rooms have almost all the comforts one can expect of an inn in this price bracket. There\'s A/C, cable TV, mini bar ...
Hotel
Santa Marta, Colombia

Hotel El Rodadero

The modern Hotel El Rodadero\'s reception area greets its guests with sea-themed stained glass and sand-filled pillars. The staff will show you to a room with mini bar (extra charge), cable TV, ...
Hotel
El Rodadero, Santa Marta, Colombia

Hotel Arrecifes Caribeño

Hotel Arrecifes Caribeño is a perfect lodging choice for travelers in a group. This four-story hostel has rooms for four to eight people, and a special package is offered in the low season. Solo ...
Hotel
El Rodadero, Santa Marta, Colombia

Tima Uraka Hospedaje

Now El Rodadero is within reach of the budget traveler’s pocketbook. Tima Uraka Hospedaje—The House of the Moon—is a new backpackers’ hostel there. The beautiful courtyard garden has hammocks ...
Hostel
El Rodadero, Santa Marta, Colombia

Camping Cantamar

If you happen to be traveling with your own tent, this is the place to go. Camping Cantamar is located on the farther end of the bay, with basic sites only 200 meters (700 feet) from the sea side. No ...
Campground
El Rodadero, Santa Marta, Colombia

Park Hotel

Since its inception in 1927, the same family has lovingly run the Park Hotel, a favorite inn of Colombian TV personalities and international journalists. The outside may have had a facelift a few ...
Hotel
Santa Marta, Colombia

Hotel Imperial Caribe

Hotel Imperial Caribe is a travel agent’s favorite place to put up the tourists. Frequently you’ll see the buses pulling up and those travelers stumbling out, looking in awe at their new ...
Hotel
Santa Marta, Colombia

Hotel Nueva Granada

Around the garden courtyard are the beautifully decorated rooms of the Hotel Nueva Granada. Comfortable and quiet, each comes with a spotless private bath and an in-room security box. Sit in the ...
Hotel
Santa Marta, Colombia

Hotel Saboy

Hotel Saboy is one of the many sub-mid-range options within reach of the budget traveler, especially if with a friend. Service is good, particular attention is paid to ensuring you receive company ...
Hotel
Santa Marta, Colombia

HospederĂ­a Casa Familiar

Hospedería Casa Familiar has long been a standby for shoestring travelers who don\'t want the party atmosphere of the other Calle 10C budget hostels. True, it’s a bit pricier, but many feel that ...
Hostel
Santa Marta, Colombia

Residencias San Jorge

An understated inn tucked among the partying-budget traveler and shadier hotels on Calle 10C, Residencias San Jorge promises a family atmosphere —and provides it. For more than 30 years Javier and ...
Hostel
Santa Marta, Colombia
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