I had spent an extra few days in Cartagena waiting for a Yellow Fever vaccination which may be required for entry in upcoming countries and national parks such as Tayrona park in Santa Marta. After getting pumped with disease I was ready to get wild with the Mosquitoes in Santa Marta, a place I was excited to get to. And I knew getting there was going to be interesting
Although Santa Marta isn’t the most discussed city in terms of history it was actually the first Spanish settlement in Latin America. After having found this out, a tour of the city was the first order of business
Santa Marta’s main attraction is probably Tayrona Park. And with an entry fee of 48,000 pesos (like 20 US dollars) the owners of Tayrona Park seem to know this as well. The entry fee, plus the fact that walking to the beaches and back in one day would be a rushed and unenjoyable experience, made me look at different options. From what I researched Concha Bay (still in Tayrona Park but without the hefty entry fee) had an amazing beach and great snorkeling. Which was what I wanted to do the most in Tayrona Park. And I was able to convince my new friend Gisele to join me!
Although I enjoyed visiting Santa Marta during the daytime, things get much livelier at night once things cool down. More restaurants and bars are open and musicians come out to get the vibes right