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Carrera 2 Parque Simón Bolívar, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

Part of the revitalization of the city of Santa Marta is this new addition to its cultural offerings. The Tayrona Gold Museum (Museo del Oro Tairona), named after the Tayrona culture, which dates back to at least 100 C.E., has a fascinating...

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Magdalena, Colombia

Noted for its stunning scenery, this park just north of Santa Marta offers opportunities to hike through the jungle on its extensive network of trails, many of which end at pristine Caribbean beaches. The park, which is located about a half hour...

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Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

Despite its relatively small size, the Santa Marta Cathedral is one of the city's most iconic landmarks, with its gleaming white stucco and its elegant neoclassical facade. A witness to the history of Santa Marta since the mid-18th century, the...

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Av. del Libertador - Sector San Pedro Alejandrino, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

Begun in the 17th century, and most famous as the place where Simón Bolívar spent the final days of his life and died in 1830, this hacienda on the east side of the city was an agricultural estate for centuries. Today it is a...

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Cl. 20, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

Located in the historic center of Santa Marta, Parque de los Novios is one of the most popular gathering spots in the city, bustling with locals and tourists, including many couples out for a stroll (its name translates as the Park of Lovers). A...

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Valledupar, Cesar, Colombia

A visit to Nabusimake makes for a long day trip from Santa Marta, about three hours each direction, but how often can you say you have visited the land where the sun is born? That is how the Arhuaco people, one of Colombia's 83 indigenous nations,...

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Cra. 2 #11-68, Gaira, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

This aquarium's small size belies its big intentions. Intimate enough to provide guided tours, the aquarium not only has several species of marine life, but it also plays a key role in rescuing endangered species and rehabilitating...

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Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

A short trip from Santa Marta, Playa Blanca is a favorite of local families wanting to enjoy the white sand beach and clear blue water. Despite its relatively remote location, which requires a taxi and a short boat trip, the bay here is often busy...

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Playa Cristal o playa muerto, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

Situated on a beautiful bay surrounded by hills, Playa Cristal is one of the gems of Tayrona National Natural Park. Many visitors simply relax on this secluded strip of sand, enjoying the beach chairs and the drinks and grilled fish served by...

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One of the best ways to see Santa Marta is on the waterfront promenade, the Paseo El Camellón (also known as the Paseo de Bastidas), which runs between the city's old port and the new marina. The palm tree–lined walk has several...