Santa Marta

Santa Marta, officially known as 'Distrito turistico, cultural e historico de Santa Marta' (Cultural, tourist and historic district of Santa Marta), is a Colombian city located between the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (the highest coastal mountain formation of the world, that reaches 5,775 metres) and the Caribbean Sea.

Santa Marta has a number of valuable natural heritages such as the sea's numerous bays, marshes, water mirrors, rivers, high mountains near the coast, tropical forests and beautiful beaches. In addition, some of the descendants of indigenous civilizations who still live there and have preserved their customs and traditions can be found in the region. It is also possible to appreciate the beauty of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta via the presence of a network of unique ecosystems and enigmatic archaeological vestiges of the Tayrona culture. 

Santa Marta possesses a warm and dry climate with an average temperature of 27°C, except at the mountain range where all types of climates can be found, from warm in the lowlands to glacial at the peak of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

In Santa Marta and its surroundings you can find the Tayrona National Park and the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, in addition to some tourist spots that couldn’t be missed off the list such as the beaches of El Rodadero, Pozos Colorados, Neguanje and Playa Blanca, the bays of Taganga and Concha, the historic center of La Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, El Rodadero Aquarium, the Museo del oro and Villa Chayrama (the Lost City) .

An ideal way to get to know Santa Marta is walking through the Historic downtown area, stopping at the CathedralContemporary Art Museum, the Aquarium and Marine Museum  and the Camellón de Bastidas for a romantic trip.



Photos by :

1. Alejandro Medina;

2., 3., 4. Catalina Sanchez