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Santa Marta Services

Tourism Office
The Santa Marta tourism office on the second floor of the historic Casa de Madame Agustine gives free maps of the city, El Rodadero and Taganga (Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-noon, 2-6 p.m. Calle 17 and Carrera 4. Tel: 438-2587, E-mail: turismo@santamarts-magdalena.gov.co, URL: www.santamarta-magdalena.gov.co). Information about what to see and do in Magdalena Department is available from the DirecciĂłn de Cultura y Turismo in the GobernaciĂłn building (Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-noon, Carrera 1, Calles 16 and 17, URL.: www.gobmagdalena.gov.co).


For maps of the region, go to the Instituto Geográfico Agustín Codazzi (Calle 15 3-25, Edificio BCH, 4th floor, Tel.: 5-421-0157). Dirección Territorial Caribe de la Unidad de Parques Nacionales Naturales coordinates the national parks in Magdalena, including Tayrona, Ciénaga and Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-noon, 2-6 p.m. Calle 17 4-06, Tel.: 5-423-0704 / 423-0752).


DAS, or immigration, is at Carrera 8 26A-15; the phone number for extranjerĂ­a or visa extensions is 5-423-2704. Panama, Spain, Finland, France and Italy all have consulates in Santa Marta; check the telephone directory for contact information.


Money
Many banks in Santa Marta are found in the Edificio de Bancos, between Calles 14 and 15, Carreras 2A and 3, with tellers on the second floor; others are in the same neighborhood, or on Calle 15 along the Parque BolĂ­var. All have ATH (24-hour) ATMs that accept Visa, Plus, MasterCard and Cirrus cards. Some institutions are:

• Bancolombia (Monday-Thursday 8-11:30 a.m., 2-4 p.m., Friday 8-11:30 a.m., 2-4:30 p.m. Carrera 3, Edificio de los Bancos)—Changes American Express traveler's checks; ATM also takes American Express cards

• Banco de Occidente (Carrera 2 15-28)

• Banco AV Villas (Calle 15 3-79)

• Banco Popular (Carrera 3, Edificio de los Bancos)


Other banks and ATMs cluster around Plaza San Francisco (Calle 14 and Carrera 4).

To cash U.S. dollars, Euros or bolĂ­vares, go to City Cambios (Calle 13 5-22) or Cambios Tayrona (Calle 14, 4-45, local 25, Centro Comercial Royal Plaza).

For receiving giros, or wired money in Santa Marta: Western Union / Giros y Finanzas (Calle 23, between Carreras 7 and 8, Almacén SAO); and MoneyGram / Cambiamos (Carrera 5 and Calle 23, Almacén Vivero, Tel.: 5-423-5439).


Keeping in Touch
Local shops offer local and national call services. Internet is quite common in Santa Marta, as is Skype. A one-stop option for all telecommunications needs is T@yrona.Net; ask at the desk for the headset to make Skype calls (daily 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Calle 11 5-05). The Correo 4-72 post office, of course, is where to mail that “Wish you were here” postcard (Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-noon, 2-5:45 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Calle 22, 2-08).



Medical
The most recommended medical facility is ClĂ­nica Capri, near the market in Santa Marta (Calle 11 8-21, Tel.: 5-421-0142). Several drugstores are on Parque BolĂ­var, and a number more on Carrera 5.



Laundry
Santa Marta does not wont for Laundromats. Two are located side-by-side on Calle 11. LavanderĂ­a Santa Marta is the cheaper, charging $1.30 per kilo for wash and dry; it has same-day service 7 days per week (Calle 11 2-60, Tel.: 5-423-5906 / 431-5040).



Camera
To purchase film, digital cards, batteries or any other camera accessories, hie over to Carrera 5 where a number of shops can fill your needs. Digital cameras can be repaired at Servisony (Calle 11, between Carreras 5 and 6).


Religion
Santa Marta’s telephone directory lists Catholic mass hours and non-Catholic churches at the end of the yellow pages. Protestant faiths in Colombia are called “Iglesias Cristianas Evangélicas”; of the mainstream religions, several Baptist and Presbyterian are listed.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Santa Marta: El Rodadero Services,





 
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