Lives in Bogota, Colombia
Since Sep 2013
25-34 year old female
I love to travel...feeling the real magic of the places, exploring flavors, people, landscapes. I like to feel like a local everywhere, as if some friend would guiding me but at the same time I like to live my city as a traveler. I enjoy to share my city with foreigners.
Churches & Cathedrals
Parks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Parks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Other Outdoor Activities
Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino is one of the most popular places visited by tourists in Santa Marta. Simon Bolivar spent his last days at this hacienda, and there are several monuments to him on the grounds. The architecture is from the period of Simon Bolivar, and inside you will find some of the furniture and other objects that belonged to the original owners. The well-maintained gardens are lovely for a stroll, and overall this magical, colorful place will send you on a journey through time.
The Catedral de Santa Marta is famous for having housed the remains of Simon Bolivar for many years (until they were returned Venezuela, his birthplace, in 1842). Here you will also find the virgin Santa Marta, for whom the city was named. This may just be the first cathedral of South America.
Plaza Parque Simon Bolivar is surrounded by beautiful gardens, and it is here that you will find the Simon Bolivar monument, City Hall, the Golden Museum, and the public library. Take a stroll, explore all the places of importance, and take in the stunning architecture and views over the bay.
This restaurant is one of the most famous in Santa Marta, offering delicious local food. It started some years ago as a food stall on the street, and has now gained international recognition. Good quality seafood and great service have made this place in a must in Santa Marta.
Museo del Oro Tairona is a must for history, architecture, and art lovers. It was recently renovated and now has four rooms: Prehispanic societies, Magdalena's People, Customs House History, and Bolivar Was Here. These rooms represent the diversity of the museum, where you can learn about Santa Marta's history and customs. Created to represent the varied population of Santa Marta (students, indigenous, fishermen, and farmers, among others), the museum's themes provide a robust look at the city's history.
Parque de Los Novios is great to visit both during the day and at night. Surrounded by many great restaurants, pubs, and bars, it is the perfect place to enjoy a meal or a relaxing drink, and since it's located right in the historical center, it's also a great spot to meet people and enjoy of the vibrancy of the city.
This a special monument for football lovers. Carlos 'El Pibe' Valderrama, a famous Colombian soccer player known the world over, was born in Santa Marta and is especially important to the people of the Caribbean coast. The statue is located in the city's stadium, and a picture with El Pibe is a must on any visit to Santa Marta.
El Rodadero may not be the best beach for relaxing (it's always full of people and is home to a lot of commerce), but it's the best area to get traditional handicrafts on any budget. It also offers great views and lots of authentic local food.
Paseo El Camellon is the point where the city meets the ocean. Take a stroll around, and stop to watch the ships entering and leaving the port. In the background, you'll see the famous 'Morro' standing guard by the lighthouse.
A fancy spot, Restaurante Bar Burukuka is beautifully decorated, and offers the best views of the ocean and the city. Come for a delicious dinner and great drinks, then finish with a night of dancing.