Family Travel Ideas in Santa marta

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These Santa Marta family travel ideas will allow you and your loved ones to explore this hidden gem on the Colombian coast. Santa Marta is one of the oldest cities in the America, due in part to its wealth of gold and goldsmithing. The city sits at the foot of the Sierra Nevadas, which are one of the tallest mountain ranges in the world. Much of the transportation, meals and attractions are very inexpensive here in Santa Marta, and you  and your family can easily travel all over by taking the local bus.

Visit Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National park is one of the first places your family should explore in Santa Marta. Some of the fantastic wildlife kids love to see here include jaguars, black howlers, red woodpeckers, titi monkeys and iguanas. The only spot in the park you can reach by car is Canaveral, which has camping available.  If you want to swim and relax on the beach, visit La Piscina. There are several walks throughout the park, and plenty of spots for scuba diving and snorkeling.

Hike to the Lost City

The Lost city, called Ciudad Perdida, was built in the 16th century. It is a great thing to see if your family is active. The city takes about 6 days of hiking total to visit, as it requires a 15-kilometer walk each way, and you will need to climb 1,200 steps to access the ruins. Ciudad Perdida, which was built by the Tayrona Indians, includes stone buildings, terraces, a drainage system, and many bridges. This city is thought to have been the commercial and political hub of its ancient culture.

The ruins are spread over 400 hectares, and were only discovered in 1872 by a group of treasure hunters. Along this walk, you will have the opportunity to interact with native tribes regularly, as they use the same trails that you will take. Remember, this walk is long, so anyone with medical conditions or very young children should check with the tour offices at Miramar first.

Learn about Liberation

Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino was the home of Simon Bolivar, and is now a museum. The museum contains works of art from the many countries that he helped. It was once a farm that grew sugarcane and produced sugarcane products. You can take a tour of the property and learn all about the liberation process.

Other Fun Family Activities

If you are in town, you should see Las fiestas del Mar, or the "Festival of the Sea." This occurs every year, and features parades, beauty pageants and parties throughout the city. There is also an authentic fishing town you can visit at Taganga, which is also a good scuba diving spot. If you like waterfalls, then take the hike to Quebrada Valencia. Another historic spot to visit is the San Fernando fort, which was built as protection against pirates. 

March 25, 2010 new by piyushjain

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