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Beach, Jungle and Fun!

A September 2000 trip to Santa Marta by Metayel

Quote: A little bit of EVERYTHING on the Caribbean Coast!

Beach, Jungle and Fun!

Overview

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The beaches at Tyrona, The Lost City Trek, Diving in Taganga and just hanging around Santa Marta.

Quick Tips:

Do not miss out on the fresh juice!!!

Best Way To Get Around:

No need for anything but walking inside Santa Marta, and Collectivos (Group taxis/minibuses) for anywhere near by.
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A very nice, family run hostel with nice rooms (ask for a renovated one). The dormitory is not as good as the private rooms, so if you can find 3 other people to share with, a private room is a much better way to go.

The kitchen can sometimes be used if asked nicely, the Internet is slow and expensive and it''s better to go to one of the near by Internet Cafes. The dining room is a nice place to hang out, and the Seniora makes great breakfast.

The Senora at the desk is very helpful and the luggage guarding service is good to have and trustworthy.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 8, 2001

Residencial Familiar
C10 No 2-14
Santa Marta, Colombia

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This hotel while smaller then its two neighbors (Miramar and Familiar) has some advantages. There is cable television in the rooms, bigger beds, free use of the phone and the dormitory is roomier.

The hotel is run by the same guy who owns the store right beside. There is a courtyard for drying laundry. The only thing lacking is a proper common room to hang out in and a kitchen for those who prefer cooking.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 8, 2001

Hotel Titanic
C10
Santa Marta, Colombia

Hotel Miramar

Hotel | "Miramar"

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This is probably the most famous of Santa Marta''s hotels, but after staying in 2 others right on the same block, I can say that it simply sucks. There is nothing to be found at the Miramar but the tour guides, and you can talk to them even if you aren''t staying at the hotel.

The rooms are small, stuffy and dirty and the food overpriced....

No matter what everyone might say about the Miramar or its prices, after checking it out, try going to Titanic or Famlier and decide for yourself!

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on March 8, 2001

Hotel Miramar
10c no. 1c-59
Santa Marta, Colombia

Welcome!

Restaurant

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Great cheap little restaurant besides the DIVA dive school office.

Very very good chicken breast, and excellent Spaghetti. It does take them a while to make the food, so ordering and coming back in 10 minutes sometimes is a good idea.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 8, 2001

Welcome!
C10, 2nd block
Santa Marta, Colombia

Fruit Juice!!

Restaurant

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FRUIT JUICE by the bucket! Blanca makes the best in all Santa Marta! You can mix as many fruits as you like, and drink them with water or milk (Most stands charge more for more then 1 or 2 fruits)

The fruits are very fresh. Blanca and Rueben will advise you on what they think you might like. Open until late, and a free pool table if you would like to hang around and play some pool.

Right in between the first and 2nd blocks on C10 (the hotel area.)

I spent HOURS there!!!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 8, 2001

Fruit Juice!!
C10
Santa Marta, Colombia

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This is one of the best treks I have ever done... Everything from the Jeep ride there (Viewing the ocean over jungle covered mountins) to the city itself is amazing. Turcol are the only tour operators who are licensed to do this trek, and it is very very dangerous to try and do it alone (Mostly because of Military groups) But with Turcol it is very safe and enjoyable.

You WILL get wet, and you WILL stay wet... there is no point in drying your clothes at night, and pack all your things in plastic since your pack has a high chance of getting wet awell.

Amazing and special flora on the way, some fauna, some local Indians all make this for a very special trip!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 8, 2001

Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City)
Tour leaves from the Miramar Hotel
Santa Marta, Colombia

Parque Nacional Tayrona

Attraction | "Park Tayrona"

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Picture Perfect beaches on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. This beach needs at least 3 days of camping out to fully enjoy it's beauty, especially the sunrise. There are virtually no facilities and the deeper in you go, the less there are, but the better the beach and the less people around it. Food is rather expensive here so you are better bringing as much as possible, but beware it is at least a 40 minute hike from the road to the nearest camp. The swimming isn't very good is most areas, but some gulfs like pools can be found deeper into the beach. The best baked bread I've had in my life can be found here-- baked with chocolate, coconut, banana and more. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 8, 2001

Parque Nacional Tayrona
Carrera 10 N. 20-30 piso 4.
Santa Marta, Colombia
+57 (5) 2431634

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Metayel

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Rishon Le-Zion, Israel

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