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Day 1 in Santa Marta

Welcome to Santa Marta! Upon arrival at the airport, you will go through customs and immigration. Should you opt to purchase a transfer to your hotel; a representative will be waiting for you as you exit immigration. Arrive at your hotel, check in and do not give in to jet lag! There is so much for you to see and do!

We recommend you get acquainted with the oldest city in Colombia, Santa Marta is bursting with Spanish Colonial architecture spread throughout the ancient buildings and landmarks, especially in the historic downtown area. Wander around the main plaza here and grab some lunch at one of the eateries that surround the iconic Simon Bolivar Park.

After lunch, visit the La Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, the 17th-century hacienda is where Simon Bolivar spent is final days. Explore this stunning colonial estate that once produced honey, rum, and sugarcane has been transformed into a museum. There are two exhibition rooms, an outdoor theatre, botanical gardens where several monuments stand in remembrance of Bolivar.

See the spectacular Santa Marta Cathedral, an iconic landmark in the historic heart of the city. It is the oldest church in Colombia, built during the War of Independence boasting ornate Renaissance style architecture. Still an active place of worship today with plaques and commemorations inside along with chandeliers, arches, domes and an elaborate altar.

If time allows, check out The Tayrona Gold Museum, the building dates back to the 1500`s when it was originally the Customs House. Wander through the museum`s four themed galleries filled with history and cultural heritage of the region with artifacts such as jewelry, pottery, and exquisite gold on display.

As evening time approaches, make your way to the quaint fishing village of Taganga, decorated with colorful houses and brimming with restaurants and bars in a stunning beachside setting. Take a stroll along the soft white sands with the warm waters of the sparkling Caribbean waters at your feet. Sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful sunset. Enjoy drinks and dinner at one of the restaurants in Taganga with breathtaking views of the ocean.

Day 2 in Santa Marta

Today, head out to explore the massive and magnificent tropical paradise that is Tayrona National Park. Set in the foothills of the awe-inspiring Sierra Nevada Mountains, covering thousands of acres of lush verdant jungle and lined by thousands of miles of breathtaking beaches.

This picturesque treasure offers the best of both worlds, hiking through miles of green trails with arresting views of the sparkling blue waters. Relax on one of the idyllic beaches and take a welcomed refreshing dip in the ocean. Explore the secluded coves in the area decorated with crystal clear lagoons or escape to a hidden hammock hideaway at the top of a hill, where over 20 hammocks hang under a wooden hut, the ideal spot for an afternoon nap. Enjoy a packed picnic on the beaches while watching the waves lap on shore.

Make your way back into Santa Marta and spend the afternoon doing some shopping, the city offers an amazing variety of unique souvenirs and handmade crafts. Check out Parque de Los Novios, a bustling social hub in the city offering an abundance of restaurants and bars surrounding the popular park, grab a refreshing drink and an afternoon snack while enjoying the surrounding scenery.

Escape to the beautiful beaches for your last evening in Santa Marta, El Rodadero is the most famous beach in the city where you can do some more shopping for that perfect souvenir. You will also find vendors up and down the beaches offering everything from chilled refreshments to massages, indulge yourself in a beachside massage to wind down from your day. As evening time approaches, be sure to capture your last sunset in Santa Marta, you can head to the Marina for a great view of the sinking sun with plenty of eateries and rooftop bars onsite offering delicious cuisine and tropical cocktails.

Additional Days in Santa Marta

Should you be able to spend additional days in Santa Marta explore the many majestic beaches brimming along the entire coastline. Brava Beach, Canaveral Beach, Chengue Beach and Playa Beach are just a few of the relaxing beach destinations to choose from in the city.

Visit the Cienaga Grande de Santa Maria Wildlife Sanctuary that stretches from the Magdalena River and flows into the Caribbean Sea. The massive area covers thousands of acres of land, it is one of the largest mangrove areas in Colombia. Activities include fishing, birdwatching, boat rides and plenty of wildlife.

Visit the small town of Bocas de Buritaca which is a popular spot for dining and activities such as kayaking along the freshwater river.

Your Last Day in Santa Marta

Depart from your hotel to the airport for your return flight home. We recommend that you purchase a private transfer to the airport if so the representative will meet you at your hotel with plenty of time to get you to the airport for your flight out.