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Introduction

Santa Marta

Santa Marta

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Santa Marta is the capital of the Magdalena department in the north of Colombia and has around 400,000 inhabitants.

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Getting There

By Plane

Simón Bolívar International Airport (SMR) has flights to/from Bogota, Bucaramanga and Medellin.

By Boat

Santa Marta, Colombia

Santa Marta, Colombia

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Aluna Casa y CafeCalle 21 No. 5-72Hostel84
Edificio CaribeCarrera 2, 5-139 Rodadero, Santa Marta (Magdalena)Apartment-
El NoctambuloCalle 20 n°6-55 Centro HistoricoHostel-
Kayros Vivienda Turistica BackpackersCalle 17no 9-44GUESTHOUSE83
La Brisa LocaCalle 14 N 3-58Hostel89
Sun CityCalle 18 Carrera 3 nr 28 Centro HistoricoHostel85
The Dreamer HostelCR 51, 26D-161 Los Trupillos de Mamatoco Diagonal 32,Hostel93
La RivieraCarerra 2 # 5-42Hotel-
Kayros HostelCalle 10 c 3 -35 centroHostel78
Eco Hostal Yulukakm 28 Troncal Caribe, El Trompito Estribaciones del Parque TayronaHOSTEL90
Tamaca Beach ResortCarrera 2a 11 A - 98Hotel-
Candela & Chocolate HostelCalle 12 3 01HOSTEL88
El TrebolCra 2a No 20-81HOTEL-
Hotel Nueva GranadaCalle 12 n 3 - 17 Centro HistoricoHotel88
El Hostal de JackieCalle 21 # 3-40HOSTEL87
Hostal la GaleriaCalle 12 No. 1 C 59 Old Town.GUESTHOUSE-
Casa TaraCarrera 4 No. 9-39GUESTHOUSE-
Finca La GorditaKm 22 Via Stamarta-riohacha CalabazosHOSTEL-
Nirvana Hostel TagangaCarrera 4, Calle 17-21HOSTEL78
Casa del RitmoCalle 18, 2 - 59 RodaderoHOSTEL89
Hostel La MilagrosaCLL 14 # 18-296Hostel-
Hotel TayromarCalle 20 # 1c - 71HOTEL-
Drop Bear HostelCarrera 21 Numero 20 36 Barrio JardinHOSTEL-
Cabañas del LibertadorCra 26 #14 A - 33APARTMENT-
ApartaHotel el OasisCalle 23 5B-47, el barrio el OasisHOTEL-
Taironaka Turismo Ecologico y ArqueologiaKilometro 56.6 via Riohacha finca la maloca a 300 mts del teyunaHOTEL-
Hospedaje Casa BlancaCalle 10C 1C-20 Santa MartaHOSTEL-
Casa Marina HostelCalle 17 3 # 18 20HOSTEL-
Miramar Hostelcalle 10C 1C-59HOSTEL-
Cabañas DumagaCalle 10 N 5 / 260GUESTHOUSE-
Playa del RitmoPozos Colorados, in front of Sierra LagunaHOSTEL89
La Casa De Santa MartaCalle 135 Number 9-08 Sector Bello SolGUESTHOUSE-
Hotel Ki'kuxtahCalle 12 Number 4-139HOTEL-
Casa MarinaCarretera3 #18-20HOSTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes are easy to find in any city or town. Expect rates to run about $1,250-2,500 (around $US 0.50-1.00) per hour, depending on how much competition there is (i.e., cheap in Bogotá, expensive in the middle of nowhere). Quality of connections varies enormous and tends to better in populated places and tourist areas. Wifi is getting more and more popular in some hotels, restaurants and bars, but don't count on it and be careful regarding your privacy.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Colombia is: 57. To make an international call from Colombia, the code is: 005.

Using your own phone and SIM card is expensive so if you are planning to do quite a few calls, buy a phone or just a SIM card. It's simple enough to get a SIM card and even an unlocked phone at the international airport in Bogotá, although there is, of course, a price hike. They're not hard to find in any city either, just ask your hotel or hostel staff where to go. Topping up is also easy, and can be done pretty much on any street corner. The carriers you'll most likely see are Claro, Tigo, and Movistar. Claro is the most expensive (by a little bit), but has the widest coverage in the country, if you expect to get off the beaten path.

Post

4-72 is the unusual name of Colombia's postal service. They have post offices throughout the country, which are open usually from 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday and sometimes on Saturday mornings as well. That doesn't apply to all offices though, only the larger ones in the big cities. But for example along the Caribbean coast, offices tend to close between noon and 2:00pm. But even at the ones that are officially open all day long, it might be difficult to get anything done during those hours. For domestic services, sending letters and postcards is mostly reliable but takes days, for international services don't hold your breath. Eventually, a postcard or letter might arrive in the country of destination but it's almost not worth it. For parcels, you are better off using companies like FedEx, TNT, DHL or UPS.

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