Latin America Travel & Tour Information
Barranquilla, Santa Marta & Carpuganá Travel Information
'Oh sweetheart, just like the Magdalena River that melts into the ocean's sand, I would like to melt myself into you', and so goes the tunes in Shakira's soft voice for one of the songs in the film "Love in Cholera Times", based on the great novel by Gabriel García Márquez.
That lovely river meets the sea by the beautiful Caribbean city of Barranquilla. Pumarejo Bridge, Colombia's longest, offers an incredible vista of the city's surrounding landscape. Barranquilla is the venue for one of the country's most popular carnivals. Other local attractions here are: the old zoo, the Metropolitan Stadium, Amira de la Rosa Theater, the docks and some miles away, Totumo Volcano.
Santa Marta lies a short distance from Barranquilla, the first city founded in Colombian territory. Therefore the country's history was born here, and some years later it would be the last trench fought over to attain sovereignty from Spain.
Simón Bolívar, the South American Liberator, died in San Pedro Alejandrino Hacienda and therefore this is one the top historical venues to visit. The Bolivarian Art Museum, the Gold Museum and the Customs House constitute other interesting local attractions.
Santa Marta Mountain Range (Sierra Nevada) keeps an eye on the city; one of its highest summits, at over 5.000 meters. This is part of a wonderful national park that hosts the Lost City. For greater adventure, visit Tayrona National Park and the Great Swamp, the latter dotted with lakes and teeming with birdlife.
Capurganá is a completely different town found on the Caribbean coast. To reach this destination it is best to take a motorboat for 2 hours through the quiet waters of the Gulf of Urabá. This city has stopped in time; there are no cars but there are horses and carts. Nothing stands in between man and the paradisiacal beaches. Other nice and attractive places can be accessed from here: Sapzurro, El Cielo, El Aguacate and the Pool of Gods.