Santorini Hotel Boutique Santa Marta
Carrera 2 No. 3-93 1 Santa Marta, Santa Marta, Colombia
More about Santa Marta
not such bad beaches in Santa Marta
sunset is one thing not to miss in Taganga
the best things in life are sometimes free
a nice comfy place to call home esp. when sick
Bus Santa Marta Caracas
i have a question :
does anyone know about busses from Santa Marta to Caracas , like when such busses are leaving santa marta, day or night, if ticket reservations are necessary ahead and most important, how long is the trip til caracas ?
have to do it next week...
thanks a lot for your help :)
Re: Bus Santa Marta Caracas
You might be interested to read the following bus trip.
Re: Bus Santa Marta Caracas
yeah i read that, but wasnt really helpful and wrong direction too, so i was looking for some more current information in the right direction, especially about current traveltimes and departure times from santa marta...
so if anyone knows something,please help :)
Travel Tips for Santa Marta
it wasn't teeming with prostitutes
Santa Marta is a real Colombian city despite its tourist demeanor and is perhaps more alluring in its half-baked state. Some of the town has been spiffed up but some of it remains in a delightfully dilapidated state. Enjoy both while you can, this is a town earmarked for mass tourism just waiting for its arrival. We opted for Solymar Hostal mostly because it was in a nicer area of Santa Marta than the cheaper options and we were arriving in the evening. We had taken a taxi from the bus terminal as it was quite outside town as we were finding most of Colombia's stations to be. My wife had eaten a spoiled arepa con heuvo en route and was already feeling its ill effects. So, we figured we would stay at Solymar for one night and I would go out in the morning to see if that something cheaper was also livable, especially with Doreen's condition.
The room was very modern and clean. The private bathroom was very nice and when someone in your group has stomach problems, this can be a huge factor. Actually, the whole hotel was very nice and the people at the front desk were friendly, helpful and not obtrusive in the least. They didn't try to sell us any tours and this is a town where gringos come to do such things. I went out in the morning and as expected “the other side” of town was not the nicest. Don't get me wrong, it had a certain charm to it and it was easy to see not only how Santa Marta was once a proud rich city and then one that had fallen very much from that lofty position. Much of the town was going through a renovation of sorts but it was obvious this area would be the last one to garner such attention. While it wasn't teeming with prostitutes, I was solicited by a few such ladies in my short stroll around the area looking for another hotel. This was about 7 in the morning too so my bet is there is more competition at night. The rooms were about half the price but most did not have air-conditioning and those that did were real flophouses. I might have got a better price if I had one of the ladies I had just passed do the bargaining but let's just say none of them was in the running for Miss Colombia and my wife, even in her sickly state, would be a shoe-in if they were her competition. (concluded below in Fondest Memory)
Inside the Cathedral
Inside, the nave is grand but not ostentatious. It was very cool and restful. Catholic cathedrals in Latin America often drip with gold and elaborate decor. Even though the decor is more restrained, you can still see intricately carved Carrara marble sculptures. Notables are buried here, and that includes the ashes of de Bastidas, the city’s Spanish founder.
Parque Tayrona: Paradise at the Carribean Coast
Parque Tayrona is an amazing park situated in the Coastal Area of Colombia. It's really easy to get there from Sta Marta.
The park offers a quick alternative for those without the time to do the much longer Lost City (Ciudad Perdida) Trek. Even better, if you have the time do both! Check out my Parque Tayrona page for the details.
Rodadero...Beach and shopping
Rodadero is a resort town just a few km to the west of Santa Marta. it's where the Colombian middle class goes on vacation. On the other side of the beach, there are a lot of shopping area. On the streets you can find vendors selling fruits, nuts, frid plantais chips, etc.
Several others on VT have noted that when they visited this area, they stayed in the nearby village of Taganga, a few miles north of Santa Marta. The town is a little more comfortable because it is a lot smaller. It is much closer to the most popular Colombian national park, Parque Nacional Tayrona. That said, the beach here is not what dreams are made of. It does look a lot better than the beach at Santa Marta, but that is because there are no coal docks that despoil the scene at Santa Marta. Check out the included website for an interesting view of Taganga.
Popular Hotels in Santa Marta
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