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SANTA MARTA

Santa Marta is located on the coast of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the highest coastal mountain in the world. It also is home to several indigenous peoples of the Kogi, Arhuaco, Wiwa Kankuamos and ethnicities.

This beautiful city is well known for its colonial buildings, its hotel infrastructure, the picturesque surroundings, white sand beaches and especially the two important National Parks: The Tayrona Park and National Natural Park Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

During the CityTour you can visit the most representative places, such as the Bay of Santa Marta, Historic Center, Gold Museum, Statue of Pibe, Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino.

The Historical Center was declared a National Monument in 1963 and offers a rich history, architectural jewels and interesting places like Park de los Novios, Casa de la Aduana, Palace Hall (Mayor's Office), Simon Bolivar Park and the Morro Santa Marta or Fuerte San Fernando.

Santa Marta Region

  • Santa Marta is a monument to beauty, architecture and culture. Its warm climate and Caribbean atmosphere are synonymous with relaxation and fun. this warm city offers you hot springs, crystal clear rivers, waterfalls, aquariums and lots of nature at your fingertips. From the Sierra Nevado de Santa Marta, the highest coastal mountain in the world, you can enjoy a astonishing and sublime view.

AQUARIUM AND MUSEUM DEL MAR IN PLAYA BLANCA

The Aquarium has 13 pools built in the sea and 15 glass aquariums. It has more than 100 species and 900 specimens of invertebrates and marine vertebrates including barracudas, seals, dolphins, sharks, birds, and sea turtles.

There are shows with sharks, sea lions and dolphins. Visitors can swim with dolphins and take pictures with the sea lions.

SIERRA NEVADA DE SANTA MARTA

Being the highest coastal mountain worldwide, with more than 5,000 meters, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta has all the thermal floors from the warm dry to the perpetual snow. The climate itself throughout the region is determined by the trade winds and elevation. It is home to two important National Parks: Tayrona Park and National Natural Park Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

The population in this mountain range include 4 indegenous tribes: the Kogi, Arhuaco, Wiwa and Kankuamos.

LOST CITY

Ciudad Perdida (Spanish for "Lost City") is the archaeological site of an ancient city in Colombia's Sierra Nevada. It is believed to have been founded about 800 CE, some 650 years earlier than Machu Picchu. Ciudad Perdida was "found" in 1972, when a group of local treasure looters found a series of stone steps rising up the mountainside and followed them to an abandoned city.

Members of local tribes—the Arhuaco, the Koguis and the Wiwas—have stated that they visited the site regularly before it was widely discovered, but had kept quiet about it. They call the city Teyuna and believe it was the heart of a network of villages inhabited by their forebears, the Tairona. Ciudad Perdida was probably the region's political and manufacturing center on the Buritaca River and may have housed 2,000 to 8,000 people. It was apparently abandoned during the Spanish conquest.

Ciudad Perdida consists of a series of 169 terraces carved into the mountainside, a net of tiled roads and several small circular plazas. The entrance can only be accessed by a climb up some 1,200 stone steps through dense jungle.

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TAYRONA PARK

34 km from the city of Santa Marta is one of the most important natural parks of Colombia - Tyrona National Park. The park presents a biodiversity endemic to the area of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range presenting a variety of climates (mountain climate) and geography that ranges from arid sea level to 900 meters above sea level. The park covers approximately 30 square kilometres of maritime area in the Caribbean sea and approximately 150 square kilometres of land.

In the park you can find about 108 species of mammals and 300 species of birds. There are also approximately 70 species of bats, 31 species of reptiles, 15 species of amphibians, 202 species of sponges, 471 species of crustaceans, 96 species of annelids, 700 species of molluscs, 110 species of corals and 401 species of sea and river fish as well as over 350 algae and more than 770 species of plants.

There is archaeological evidence of ancient human settlements in the area of the park up until the 16th century. The Archaeologic Museum of Chairama is located in the Cañaveral Site, near the mouth of the Piedras River. Other places of interest are Los Naranjos Path, Castilletes Beach, The Pool, the Piedras River and the Cabo San Juan.

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MINCA

Minca is a small mountain village on the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and lost among the lush vegetation. With more than 820m above sea level, Minca is the ecological heart of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta with coffee farms, rivers with clean water and a diverse flora and fauna. There are bears, deer, armadillos, hedgehogs, ocelots and monkeys. In addition there are thousands of birds, insects and butterflies that make concerts of chants, hums and squeaks that can be observed during different ecological activities like nature walks, trekking, abseiling, rappelling, jumps into natural pools and canyoning.

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TAGANGA

Taganga is a typical fishing village where you can see the native fishermen with their handmade canoes and nets. There is a viewpoint where you can take beautiful photos of the bay.

It is the favorite place of divers for its beautiful and tranquil bay. Besides you can also catch a boat Playa Grande, which is famous for its golden beaches or other almost untouched beaches.