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Santa Marta Sightseeing Tour
"After pickup from your hotel in Santa Marta depart by coach for La Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino located about 20 minutes away. With your guide tour the grounds of this 17th-century hacienda famous as the site where Simón Bolívar died in 1830. As you view the Altar of the Homeland and the Altar of the Fatherland each memorializing Bolívar — called 'El Libertador' (The Liberator) — learn how the military and political revolutionary led Colombia and neighboring Latin American countries to independence from Spanish rule. See the flags of the Americas on display in you’ll find ancient trees and more than 150 plant species on display
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Rodadero Aquarium and Playa Blanca Day Trip from Santa Marta
"Your day trip from Santa Marta starts with a drive to the marina where you’ll board a motorboat for the ride through Gaira Bay to the Rodadero Sea Aquarium and Museum (Acuario y Museo del Mar del Rodadero). Part of the National Network of Museums of Colombia this coastal aquarium features several exhibits and 13 pools that connect directly to the Caribbean allowing you varying views of several species of marine life from sea turtles to sea lions to sharks. Watch an educational and entertaining dolphin show and learn about the marine environment just off the shores of Colombia. Then head to Playa Blanca by boat for a little relaxation in the sun. Spread out your beach towel on the soft sand
From $59.00
 
Crystal Beach and Tayrona National Park Day Trip from Santa Marta
"Your tour from Santa Marta begins with the approximate 1-hour drive to Tayrona National Natural Park with your guide. One of Colombia’s most popular national parks Tayrona is spread across 7410 acres (3000 hectares) of sea and 29650 acres (12000 hectares) of land in the rainforest-clad foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. As you explore the park keep your eyes and ears open for native wildlife
From $88.00

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Downtown at night

Watch you butt late at night in the very back of Old Town because there are some shady people back there who prey on tourists. Dont follow anybody who wants to guide you, stay away from the places advertising "chicas". Dont go down dark alleys or people might try to jump you.

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justintobias
Aug 05, 2006

Streets on Cartagena

SECURITY IN CARTAGENA

Everybody knows, that unfortunately Colombia has problems with guerrillas and cocaine cartels, but tourists have to know that Colombia has lovely beaches and cities and nice people too. You just come to Cartagena, it's one of the best places in the world. If you come here, you'll be happy, you'll be relaxed because you are in paradise. Here as everywhere in the world there are dangerous places, so it's necesary that you take care. Some precautions you should consider are: - If you take a taxi, don't take it at the street bacause it may be that the driver will tray to rob you with ?El paseo millonario?. This is when you get into a taxi and after a few minutes and other man gets into the taxi and tells you that you have to give him your Debito cards and money, when they have taken your things they leave you in a remote place. But, don?t worry, this doesn?t to need live you, if you call phone to the taxis?company, the driver will get arrive to your hotel and he?ll take you where you want. ? Don`t walk alone in the night in dark strees bacause you could have a bad experience, it would be better if you walk with your partner or a close friend then, the nigth will be a lot of safer. ? Don?t wear expensive items of clothing or carry priced cameras or handbags because, this will increase your chance of being robbed. You should leave yours expensive items in a safe place in the hotel. Well, world wide there are dangerous, you just have to enjoy your holiday in our beatiful city, taste our delicious foods, refreshing a beer, and for your relax, drink a exquisit cup of coffee.
Everybody needs to make money. The most annoying thing about Cartagena is the vendors at the beach in Boca Grande. They are mostly harmless, but like flies. The message women offer to message your legs and arms with some water(sea water) and claim its medicinal value. They are persistent, just ignore them. You ignore all the vendors and they will leave.

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Apr 18, 2006

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Things to Do Near Cartagena

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Plaza de Bolivar

Parque Simon Bolivar. This park is homage to Simon Bolivar who liberated Cartagena. During the day the park is full of people drinking coffee and watching the world go by. Plenty of people selling...
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

Travel usually comes with learning of the history of the country. This tour was excellent. There was a bit of walking uphill but very manageable. The tour guide was patient to make sure we all could...
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Plaza de la Inquisicion

Inquisition Palace was built around 1770 for the Inquisition Tribunal. You can take a tour with a guide or you can walk around on your own. The tour guides wait inside and when you pay your entrance...
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Old City

The old city is encircled by walls that are 12 foot in height. Inside you willl find restaurants, a plaza with a statue of Simon Bolivar the liberator. You will also see beautiful flowers hanging over...
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Monumento a las India Catalina.

You will find this monument at the bus station just outside the wall. However the people of Cartagena want it moved as they say it is not fully appreciated by the locals. The monument is a beautiful...
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Convent of San Pedro Claver

San Pedro Claver church was founded by the Jesuits in the early part of the 17th century. The church was originally named San Ignacio de Loyola (founder of the Jesuits) and was later renamed San Pedro...
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