Santa Marta is Southamericas oldest, surviving Colonial town and offers a huge variety. There is a picturesque city center with excellent ice cream shops, cafes and bars. Typical colonial architecture can be admired in an evening walk while from the Caribbean a nice breeze is blowing. The Gold Museum is worth a visit and here you can escape the midday heat for a short time. The city beach and the promenade are nice and relaxed, yet far schhönere beaches offer Rodadero, Taganga, Playa Blanca and Park Tayrona. The city is the starting point for the stunning surroundings:
- With the Caribbean right in front of the door : Caribbean cruises, dive, swim and enjoy the beach, of course.
- A stone’s throw away: Taganga, a fishing village that got surprised some by tourism. here you can make a small boat trip to Playa Blanca, one of the most beautiful beaches.
- In District Mamatoco the Hacienda Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino is. Here Simon Bolivar spent his last days and died. The Hacienda was built in the early 17th century for the cultivation and to see the processing of sugar cane, is still the sugar mill and the distillery. In addition, the Hacienda offers a permanent exhibition of South American artists.
- Casa Museo Gabriel García Márquez: a very interesting museum in the restored birthplace Marquez.