Santa Marta is called the most beautiful bay in America. The capital of the department of Magdalena is located in a privileged location featuring both snow-capped peaks and an Atlantic coast with a majestic view of the ocean. It the only place in the world where you will find both of these natural phenomena, and it’s also home to the highest point in all of Colombia, Cristóbal Colón Peak, which is part of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range. Its beauty, cultural heritage, and fantastic mysteries offer you many things to do in Santa Marta.

Cabo San Juan in Tayrona National Park. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino
Come learn of Colombia’s emancipation wars and visit the final resting place of the country’s liberator, Simón Bolívar at the Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino. We recommend wearing sunblock and a cap, as there is not that much shade throughout this tour.

Marina Santa Marta
Appreciate one of the world’s most breath-taking sunsets at this marina or see yachts and the large cruise ships arrive from Panamá or Aruba. While you are here, we recommend visiting the historical downtown and the Gold Museum.

The Lost City is a must see destination near Santa Marta. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

The Lost City
The most thrilling eco-hike of your life awaits at Ciudad Perdida. Here lies the hidden indigenous town of the Tayronas, amid the dense forest of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. This site is said to be older than Machu Picchu and indigenous tribes still dwell here. Also called Teyuna, the only way to reach it is through a savage tropical rain forest which you will need to cross. To see it, you will go through rivers, climb and descend unleveled paths, and fight against humidity, rain, and heat, but ultimately, you will find yourself in one of the most sacred and veneered places in the world. Although this clearly requires a significant amount of exertion as it takes about 4 days to complete, you will be among the few to behold the magic of the lost city.

Tayrona National Park
This is the number one mandatory stop during your vacation. You will be in awe of the rich biodiversity, but above all you will feel life pumping through your veins as you hike to each one of its beaches. This National Park gives you an opportunity rarely seen in other places. In one day, you can visit anywhere from 5 to 6 beaches, as each one is completely different and only about 15 minutes apart. We do not want to give away all of its secrets but to give you a small taste, some of its beaches have soft and white sand while others are like quicksand, some beaches have thunderous waves while others feature an ocean that seems more like a swimming pool.

Tayrona National Park. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Quebrada de Valencia
If you are looking for a perfect day that combines a short and easy hike through the wilderness with a tranquil refreshment, make sure to stop at this natural nook. This waterfall lifts the soul and will rejuvenate you. Make sure to visit it during the rainy season, otherwise it will probably be dried up.

Beaches in Santa Marta
If you cannot make it to Tayrona National Park, do not worry, you still have plenty of other beaches to visit to enjoy the Caribbean breeze and sun. You will love the canoe trip over the Buritaca River, as it becomes the Caribbean Ocean. This is where you can also see howler monkeys or do some bird watching.

Taganga is the scuba diver’s paradise, offering classes and diving sites for all ages and levels, from beginner to advanced. This magnificent small fishing town attracts millions of tourists annually. Its Playa Grande offers a great day at the beach with your family and friends. You will love the view of the pool-like bay and its sunsets are one-of-a-kind.

El Rodadero Santa Marta
Come check out Santa Marta’s nightlife at Rodadero which boasts clubs, restaurants, and artisan markets where you can buy mochilas (hand-crafted indigenous bags) and dream catchers, among others. Rodadero Beach usually hosts great beach parties both during the day and at night. It’s the place where people like to hang out after a day at the beach, and if you have time, you can also check out its famous aquarium and learn a little more about Colombia’s biodiversity.

Best Restaurants
Some of Santa Marta’s best restaurants include, Mañe Canyon where you will have an amazing Colombian seafood experience. At Basilea Gourmet, you will enjoy one of the most exquisite fine dining experiences with delightful French cuisine. Bar Burukuka offers you amazing flavors and a breath-taking view.

Santa Marta attracts both families, friends, foreigners, and backpackers, which fills the air with a diversity and ambience you will love. Come check out this bohemian city that has a little bit of everything for everyone. Book your stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Santa Marta and come explore the wonders this enchanting city holds.

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