Santa Marta is the oldest city of Colombia founded in 1525. It’s located on the Caribbean coast in Northern Colombia and on the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range. The Sierra Nevada, that is separate from the mountain chain of the Andes, is the world’s highest coastal range with its snow peaks reaching an altitude of 5,775 meters above sea level.
Santa Marta is one of the most visited places in Colombia, as it’s usually the gateway to some of the most iconic destinations in the Caribbean region: the Tayrona National Park, the “Lost City” or Ciudad Perdida, Minca, Palomino and the desert of La Guajira. The historic centre of Santa Marta, with its colonial heritage, also attracts many national and international tourists. Some of the city’s major cultural attractions include the last residence of Colombia’s liberator Simón Bolívar, Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino; the Casa de la Aduana, home to the Tairona Gold Museum and the Cathedral of Santa Marta.
The city experiences a dry climate and warm weather all year round, with temperatures ranging between 24°C and 32°C.