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Santa Marta is the capital of the Magdalena department in the north of Colombia and has around 400,000 inhabitants.
The Lost City (Ciudad Perdida) is the main attraction of the area, along with Tayrona National Park.
Buritaca-200 or Lost City is one of the more of 250 ancient towns of the four groups of natives found in the northern and southeastern sides of the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta in the Magdalena department. This site was discovered in 1976 by a team of archaeologists of Colombian Anthropology Institute, guided by Gilberto Cadavid and Luisa Fernanda Herrera, and almost completely restored.
It is possible to reach it from Santa Marta, through a car trip of 2.5 hours and a walk of 4, 5 or 6 days (round trip): it is possible to book the trek with a tour operator.
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|Aluna Casa y Cafe||Calle 21 No. 5-72||Hostel||85|
|Edificio Caribe||Carrera 2, 5-139 Rodadero, Santa Marta (Magdalena)||Apartment||-|
|El Noctambulo||Calle 20 n°6-55 Centro Historico||Hostel||-|
|Kayros Vivienda Turistica Backpackers||Calle 17no 9-44||GUESTHOUSE||86|
|La Brisa Loca||Calle 14 N 3-58||Hostel||86|
|Sun City||Calle 18 Carrera 3 nr 28 Centro Historico||Hostel||79|
|The Dreamer Hostel||CR 51, 26D-161 Los Trupillos de Mamatoco Diagonal 32,||Hostel||91|
|La Riviera||Carerra 2 # 5-42||Hotel||-|
|Kayros Hostel||Calle 10 c 3 -35 centro||Hostel||-|
|Eco Hostal Yuluka||km 28 Troncal Caribe, El Trompito Estribaciones del Parque Tayrona||HOSTEL||88|
|Tamaca Beach Resort||Carrera 2a 11 A - 98||Hotel||-|
|Candela & Chocolate Hostel||Calle 12 3 01||HOSTEL||81|
|El Trebol||Cra 2a No 20-81||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Nueva Granada||Calle 12 n 3 - 17 Centro Historico||Hotel||83|
|El Hostal de Jackie||Calle 21 # 3-40||HOSTEL||83|
|Hostal la Galeria||Calle 12 No. 1 C 59 Old Town.||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Casa Tara||Carrera 4 No. 9-39||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Finca La Gordita||Km 22 Via Stamarta-riohacha Calabazos||HOSTEL||-|
|Nirvana Hostel Taganga||Carrera 4, Calle 17-21||HOSTEL||77|
|Casa del Ritmo||Calle 18, 2 - 59 Rodadero||HOSTEL||84|
|Hostel La Milagrosa||CLL 14 # 18-296||Hostel||-|
|Hotel Tayromar||Calle 20 # 1c - 71||HOTEL||-|
|Drop Bear Hostel||Carrera 21 Numero 20 36 Barrio Jardin||HOSTEL||-|
|Cabañas del Libertador||Cra 26 #14 A - 33||APARTMENT||-|
|ApartaHotel el Oasis||Calle 23 5B-47, el barrio el Oasis||HOTEL||-|
|Taironaka Turismo Ecologico y Arqueologia||Kilometro 56.6 via Riohacha finca la maloca a 300 mts del teyuna||HOTEL||-|
|Hospedaje Casa Blanca||Calle 10C 1C-20 Santa Marta||HOSTEL||-|
|Casa Marina Hostel||Calle 17 3 # 18 20||HOSTEL||-|
|Miramar Hostel||calle 10C 1C-59||HOSTEL||-|
|Cabañas Dumaga||Calle 10 N 5 / 260||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Playa del Ritmo||Pozos Colorados, in front of Sierra Laguna||HOSTEL||85|
|La Casa De Santa Marta||Calle 135 Number 9-08 Sector Bello Sol||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Ki'kuxtah||Calle 12 Number 4-139||HOTEL||-|
|Casa Marina||Carretera3 #18-20||HOSTEL||-|
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.
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.
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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