Cabo San Juan, Tayrona Park, © Can Stock / javarman
Visit Santa Marta – Sights Nearby
Tayrona National Park – less than an hour north of Santa Marta. Lovely beaches, rainforest and archaeology. This is the most popular tourist destination for those who travel to Santa Marta. It includes the Quebrada Valencia waterfall.
Souvenirs For Sale Taganga Bay
Taganga – a fishing village just 10 minutes outside of Santa Marta to the north.
The Mamancana Natural Reserve – paragliding, rock climbing, biking and ziplining. Catch a tour from the pier in Santa Marta.
Rodadero – another popular beach area near Santa Marta. It includes the Rodadero Sea Aquarium and Museum.
Take a 5 day hike to La Ciudad Perdida – a Tayrona ruin discovered in the 1970s. Not for the typical tourist.
Route to Tayrona National Park
Visit Santa Marta – Background
Santa Marta is located about 2.5 hours northeast of Cartagena on the Caribbean at the foot of the Santa Marta Mountains. This city was founded by the Spanish in 1525 as a port to ship gold to Spain. It has a population of about 1 million in its urban area. Simon Bolivar died on his estate here in 1830. The region was originally inhabited by the Tayrona.