15.02.2012 - 24.03.2012 27 °C
Santa Marta does not have any major tourist attractions, except for the cathedral and the museo del oro maybe. Nevertheless we liked the city for its purity. There's many beautiful houses but most of them need a renovation, that is maybe what makes the city feel purer than for example the colonial area of Cartagena. According to travel guides, Santa Marta was quite dangerous a few years ago but it has become safer so the city now counts numerous hostels and restaurants. The best hostal in town: Hostal de Jackie.
Here's some impressions of Santa Marta:
Santa Marta is a good basis for people who want to visit Ciudad Perdida, Parque Nacional de Tayrona and Guajira.
Ciudad Perdida can only be reached on foot, 25 kms through the jungle and then 25 kms back... Luckily, there's many bathing possibilities to cool down a bit.
We slept in hammocks two nights (I would not recommend) and in beds two nights (but then we had the rats to keep us awake, luckily, there was mosquito nets).
After three days of walking through the marvelous jungle we finally reached the entrance to Ciudad Perdida where 1260 steps and a lot of mozzies were awaiting us.
Though smaller than Machu Picchu, it is a magical site, too, and there is so little people.