Santa Marta
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Santa Marta

Founded in 1525 by Don Rodrigo de Bastidas over a beautiful bay, Santa Marta is the oldest town in Colombia. With its foundation, the Spanish also started conquering the lands from the region and setting up the colony´s administrative bases which included a maritime port and several defense points to prevent pirate raids;  but during the Colonial times the city started losing its importance as maritime port to the nearby city port of Cartagena.

Later, after the independence from the Spanish was procalaimed, Simón Bolivar, the region´s “libertador” died in an estate called the Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino on the outskirts of Santa Marta on December 17, 1830.

During the 20th century the city served as a main port for massive exports of bananas and coal, produced inland.

Its privileged location on the Caribbean Sea, at the foot of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (the country’s tallest snowy peaks at 5.780 m) makes it a one of a kind destination. Its proximity to the Tayrona National Park, the most important ecological reserve in Colombia, the popular fishing village of Taganga, as well as its rich culture, history, and colonial architecture make Santa Marta a very attractive place.

Amaterra tours featuring Santa Marta

- A taste of Colombia
- Amazon and Caribbean
- Colonial Andes and the Caribbean
- Andes, Coffee, and the Caribbean
- The Caribbean in 3 different colors