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Cathedral Basilica of Santa Marta

Cathedral Basilica of Santa Marta: Our most recommended tours and activities

Santa Marta: Guided Walking Food Experience

1. Santa Marta: Guided Walking Food Experience

In this experience, discover the unique flavors of the Caribbean region of Colombia with a local guide. Visit 7 places in the historical center of Santa Marta and sample a variety of traditional food and drinks. Next, visit multiple family-owned businesses and try arepas de huevo, cayeye, and other special dishes. Meet some of the most professional baristas in the region. In a single afternoon, learn about Caribbean Colombian culture through its food and history.

Cultural Heritage Tour Santa Marta

2. Cultural Heritage Tour Santa Marta

Let me take you on a fascinating journey through the cobbled streets and hidden treasures of Santa Marta! I want to share with you a one-of-a-kind tour, where history, culture, and mystery intertwine to create an unforgettable experience. Get ready to discover the material and immaterial heritage of this vibrant city. The setup of our story begins in the heart of Santa Marta's historic center, where our expert guides in history, journalism, and anthropology from Colombia will warmly welcome you. They will be your passionate guides, eager to unveil the mysteries and stories that lie behind every alleyway and ancient building. Our tour, called "Santa Marta Revealed: The Legacy of a City," is different from any other because we will immerse ourselves in the cultural richness of the city, exploring both its tangible and intangible heritage. It will be a journey of discovery that takes us through the centuries, allowing us to understand the evolution of Santa Marta. Here is a list of some of the places and topics of interest we will explore on our enchanting and mysterious tour: Bolivar Square: We will start our adventure in this iconic square, where history comes to life. We will uncover the secrets that the monument to Simón Bolívar holds and how this revolutionary leader left his mark on Santa Marta. Santa Marta Cathedral Basilica: We will delve into this majestic church, where colonial architecture blends with significant religious elements. We will decipher the hidden messages in the frescoes and reliefs adorning its walls. The Customs House: We will immerse ourselves in Santa Marta's commercial history in this historic building, once the center of trade in the region. We will uncover the treasures and stories behind the products that passed through its doors. Parque de Los Novios: Here, we will explore the social and cultural life of Santa Marta. We will learn about the love stories and legends that have brought this picturesque place to life. Tayrona Museum: Our journey through time will take us to the museum that houses the rich heritage of the Tayrona culture. We will decipher the secrets and symbols of this ancestral civilization.

Santa Marta Street Food Tour

3. Santa Marta Street Food Tour

Be picked up at 10:00 AM to head to Santa Marta's historical center and ride in the car to the most delicious places to taste local gastronomy. You will start with a stop to taste envueltos and the exquisite sauces that always join these recipes. There you will taste the typical Costeño cheese the best complement for yucca. You will continue to a hot spot of street food next to Santa Marta’s Cathedral. There you will be able to taste many foods offered and combine them with a delicious tropical fruit beverage. You will be surprised by the fruit offered at this place because for sure you’ll get to know some that you didn’t even know existed. Finally, you will end with one of the most iconic recipes of the Caribbean Coast, the Shrimp Ceviche. You will go to the best place in Santa Marta to eat this dish, where you can even upgrade it with delicious suggestions like avocado, octopus, or stingray. After this tasty experience, go back to your hotel.

Gold Museum & Santa Marta Old City Tour

4. Gold Museum & Santa Marta Old City Tour

In this Santa Marta city tour you’ll experience the magic of the city. Trutly observe its diversity and learn why people say it makes all its visitors feel at home. In this walking tour, you will explore the history and traditions among its streets and houses. For instance, you’ll visit the Tayrona Gold Museum, Parque de los Novios, the Malecón, the Cathedral, and many other places. Of course, this experience includes refreshing traditional juices, and fruit tasting with locals. In a word, we have designed fun experiences for you, and a we make sure you’ll be with a very knowledgeable local guide for a great Santa Marta city tour. The journey starts when you meet our local guide at your hotel. From there you will head to Tayrona Gold Museum, where you will have a quick tour inside it. This is the first place to be built in the city by Spaniards and it is now a cultural site with the aim of rescuing and showing the indigenous ancestral heritage through their metalwork. Walk later to Bolivar Square Park and then to Rodrigo Bastidas’ monument. The first dedicated to the leader of South American independence, and the second honoring the Spanish founder of the city. Keep walking along the bay and get to “El Parque de los Novios” (the Lovers’ Park), the main park of Santa Marta’s downtown that comes alive every night when young samarios meet to dance and have fun. Keep strolling around and discover the main churches, parks, museums and colonial architecture houses as we get to the main Cathedral. Along the tour you will also have a food tasting stop, where there will be a chance to try a typical snack. The day will come to an end when our driver takes you back to your hotel.

Santa Marta: Walking Tour

5. Santa Marta: Walking Tour

Be picked up at your hotel to start with a 4-hour tour through this exciting city. Your first stop will be at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, the place where the founding father Simón Bolivar died the 17th of December, 1830. This place is not only a remanent of the XVII century, but also has an enormous diversity of native trees, stunning gardens, and impressive artwork. You will make a short stop at Eduardo Santos Soccer Stadium, where you will find a sculpture of the world-famous player Carlos “'El Pibe'” Valderrama before moving to the historical center of Santa Marta. You will walk through streets full of history, architectural jewels, parks and colonial plazas, then enter Santa Marta's Cathedral, the first church built in South America. Finally, at the Gold Museum, you will be able to appreciate the richness of the Tayrona culture, their beliefs, myths, and crafts. Before returning to your hotel, you will head to Taganga's Lookout where you will have an excellent view of Taganga and the Caribbean Sea.

From Cartagena: Barranquilla and Santa Marta Day Trip

6. From Cartagena: Barranquilla and Santa Marta Day Trip

Discover the best of Barranquilla and Santa Marta on a day trip from Cartagena. See the city's most famous landmarks, including the Shakira Monument, the Pumarejo Bridge, and the Santa Marta Cathedral. Start your day with a pickup from your hotel in Cartagena and head to Barranquilla. See the Barranquilla Letters, the Window of the World Monument, the Malecón del Caimán, and the Avenida Del Río. Admire the Shakira Monument and the Shark Fin Monument before you cross the Pumarejo Bridge. Continue to Santa Marta and see the Monument of Pibe Valderrama, the Santa Marta Bay, and the Plaza Bolívar. Take a walking tour of the Colonial City and visit the Gold Museum and the Santa Marta Cathedral. See the Parks of the Bride and Grooms and the Rodadero Beaches before you transfer to Quinta San Pedro Alejandrino. Enjoy a delicious breakfast and lunch and a bottle of water.

Santa Marta: Old Town, Harbour & Highlights Self-guided Tour

7. Santa Marta: Old Town, Harbour & Highlights Self-guided Tour

Get to know Santa Marta in a relaxed way. Start the self-guided tour whenever you like and spend a varied and enjoyable time in this exciting and fascinating city. The tour begins in the charming "Café del Parque" park, which was once called "Parque de Venezuela". From there, the tour continues to the historic town hall and old prison, where you will learn the story of Don Antonio Nariño, a pioneer of Colombian independence. Continue to the Gold Museum and the "Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino", the place where Simón Bolívar, the famous liberator of South America, spent his last days. You will visit the "Parque Bolívar", where you can find handicrafts and souvenirs from various South American countries. On the city beach, you will get a view of the harbour. You will visit the monument to the founding of the city and discover the diverse street art in the city's alleyways. The tour continues to the magnificent "Teatro Santa Marta" and the impressive Catedral de Santa Marta. You will visit the historic "Casa del Correo", which once served as a post office, and the lively "Parque de los Novios", the park of lovers. Throughout the tour, you will receive insider tips on culture and cuisine, nightlife and excursions. Discover for yourself why Santa Marta is known as the "Pearl of the Caribbean". At the tour stops, there are entertaining tasks to solve and fun questions to answer. Who knows, for example, what ... but no, we won't tell you yet! It's like being shown Santa Marta by a good friend who knows the city like the back of his hand and has many exciting stories and anecdotes to tell. You can start the tour at any time and as often as you like in the browser of a smartphone. On site or even from the comfort of your sofa. Enjoy your time in Santa Marta! *** Good to know *** You will receive the link to start the tour in an email directly after booking.

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Great tour with a bit of a tour of the historical center of Santa Marta plus great food. Guide went above and beyond in finding us food options that we asked for. Really did not have to do that. Could have just stuck to his program. So a more expansive tour than expected plus very personal and customized attention. Highly recommended.

An excellent tour. The guide was very personable and led us around, stopping at various locations to see and taste many samples of Colombian foods. He showed us various sights as well. It was a fantastic tour.. highly recommended!!

This was a lovely activity that can be done at your own pace with stop offs if wanted along the way. A nice way to explore the city and understand the history.

Interesting tour to know the highlights of the city of Santa Marta. Qualified and attentive guide in explaining things with meticulousness and professionalism

It was great tour the guide was excellent! Super nice guy and has helped with recommendations around the city after as well. Jorge is the man !