Getting There in Santa marta

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When planning your trip to Santa Marta, getting there will be at the top of your list. The beautiful city of Santa Marta is blessed with a great location right between the Caribbean Sea and the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountains. Come to Santa Marta to experience the unique climate created when the beach meets the mountains. Santa Marta is the birthplace of two famous Colombians: football player Carlos Valderrama and ballenato musician Carlos Vives.

Getting There by Plane

The Simon Bolivar International Airport (IATA airport code: SMR) serves the city of Santa Marta. It is important that you don't confuse this airport with the ones in Caracas and Ecuador, which have the exact same name. Simon Bolivar was a major historical figure in South America, which is why these three countries named their major airports with his name.

Only AeroRepublica, Aires, and Avianca offer direct flights on the Bogota-Santa Marta route. Avianca is the only airline offering a flight to and from Medellin. Most local and international airlines do offer connecting flights through these local airlines. When booking your flight, be aware that the high demand tourist season is between December and April. If you're planning to visit Santa Marta during those months, plan to book your flight with at least two months in advance.

Getting There by Bus

If you're already in Colombia, several cities offer bus service to and from Santa Marta. The bus ticket usually costs about 1,000 Colombian pesos. A bus ride from Medellin is about 12 hours long, while one from Barranquilla is just 8 hours. Travel by bus only if you have enough time, because although it is affordable, it requires a long time if you're far away from Santa Marta.

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April 06, 2010 new by damiandavilarojas

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