Theme Week Colombia – Santa Marta

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Tayrona National Natural Park © Felipe Restrepo Acosta/cc-by-sa-4.0

Tayrona National Natural Park © Felipe Restrepo Acosta/cc-by-sa-4.0

Santa Marta, officially the Distrito Turístico, Cultural e Histórico de Santa Marta (English: Touristic, Cultural and Historic District of Santa Marta), is a city on the coast of the Caribbean Sea in northern Colombia. It is the capital of Magdalena Department and the fourth-largest urban city of the Caribbean Region of Colombia, after Barranquilla, Cartagena, and Soledad. Founded on July 29, 1525, by the Spanish conqueror Rodrigo de Bastidas, it was one of the first Spanish settlements in Colombia, its oldest surviving city, and second oldest in South America. This city is situated on a bay by the same name and as such, it is a prime tourist destination in the Caribbean region.

Santa Marta is located on Santa Marta Bay of the Caribbean Sea in the province of Magdalena. It is 992 km from Bogotá and 93 km from Barranquilla. It is bordered to the north and west by the Caribbean and to the south by the municipalities of Aracataca and Ciénaga.

© flickr.com - Jorge Díaz/cc-by-sa-2.0 Lighthouse in the bay of Santa Marta © ArturoAparicio/cc-by-3.0 Rodadero Aquarium © Petruss Rodadero © Felipe Restrepo Acosta/cc-by-sa-4.0 Taganga © StellaInfante/cc-by-sa-4.0 Tayrona National Natural Park © Felipe Restrepo Acosta/cc-by-sa-4.0 Traditional house © Felipe Restrepo Acosta/cc-by-sa-4.0 © Louise Wolff/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Tayrona National Natural Park © Felipe Restrepo Acosta/cc-by-sa-4.0
Santa Marta’s economy is based on tourism, trade, port activities, fishing and agriculture, in that order. The main agricultural products are: bananas, coffee, cocoa and cassava.

Santa Marta is a major port. Simón Bolívar International Airport is 16 km (10 mi) from the city centre. Historic figure Simón Bolívar died here, a significant event for South America as a whole. His villa known as La Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino is located just outside the city centre. As the main city centre is located close to the coast, the city itself has had difficulty controlling expansion. Although, technically a separate locality, Rodadero is part of Santa Marta itself.

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