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Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance. Most are surprised to find out that Santa Marta is arguably the oldest surviving colonial city in South America, founded in 1525. The historical center remains largely intact, and a combination of tropical climate and pleasant beaches attract crowds throughout the summer. On a clear day, you can enjoy the uncanny sight of the snowcapped peaks behind the city, while you swelter on the beach. Santa Marta is in Santa Marta District. Use our Colombia trip planner to arrange the hows, wheres, and whens of your trip to Santa Marta.
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