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Tayrona Gold Museum

This museum is located in what used to be Customs House (Casa de la Aduana). It houses more than 35,000 pieces produced by pre-Columbian indigenous groups. Some of the pieces are especially noteworthy because of their unique nature.


Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

This National Monument is last place visited by “The Liberator” Simón Bolívar. With more than 400 years of history, the Quinta has had one of the greatest impacts on the economic development of the city. Nowadays it is a national heritage site that is considered to be a symbol of freedom.


Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City)

This site used to be a main indigenous center from the year 800 AD until the Spanish conquest. This architectural marvel was discovered in 1975 by archaeologists from the Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History. This is a difficult multiple day hike to the site.



Historic Center

Starting at the ridge of the Santa Marta Bay, the buildings, houses, hotels, parks and plazas here have maintained their colonial architecture, all which represent the legacy and heritage of what is now the Samaria culture.

  • Cathedral of Santa Marta: the main church of the city
  • San Juan Nepomuceno:  Place for the Symphony Orchestra and Museum of Contemporary Art. This is affiliated with the University of Magdalena, which makes it an educational and cultural activities center.
  • San Juan de Dios Hospital: Current Ethnographic Museum that belongs to the University of Magdalena.
  • Old Town Hall: Mayor’s Office.
  • Simón Bolívar Park: surrounded by the Library of the Republic bank, Casa de la Aduana and the District Municipality.
  • Santander Park: Located opposite the Palace of Justice. Today it is the meeting point for young people before going out to enjoy the nightlife scene.

Tayrona National Park

This natural reserve has a great variety flora and fauna, rivers, dry, humid and tropical forests to make up some of the most amazing landscapes. This area is important for the preservation of biodiversity in birds, fish and mammals.  Here you can find the most luxurious beaches and natural pools such as Neguanje, Gairaca, Cheng, Cinto, Concha Bay, Reef, and Cape Canaveral.


"Isla de Salamanca" National Natural Park

40 km from Barranquilla, this sanctuary of flora, fauna and mangrove swamps by the mouth of the Rio Magdalena has preserved its exotic state over the years.


"Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta"

The birthplace of highest coastal mountain in the world, and its perpetual snow peaks, Cristóbal Colón and Simón Bolívar. This is a site of great cultural value with indigenous groups like the Kogui, Arhuaco and Wiwa present.

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