Santa Marta

SANTA MARTA:

Santa Marta. Sacred Land and Eco Tourism

General Information:

On your trip to the capital of the department of Magdalena, you can scuba dive in a small fisher’s town called Taganga. You will be hypnotized by the beautiful view of the bay and the mystic paradise where the sea meets the Sacred Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

If you are an adventurous diver and interesting in learning about the wisdom of the ancestral lands this is your spot. Here you will find Black Corals and Brain Coral of gigantic proportions.

  • Santa Marta is the capital of the Department of Magdalena
  • Flight time from Bogota: Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • Population: 1,260,000 people
  • Average Temperatures: 82.5 °F/ 28 °C
  • Peak Tourist Season: December and January; From July to September

Tourist Sites:

  • In Santa Marta: Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, Catedral de Santa Marta
  • Surroundings: Parque Tayrona, Ciudad Perdida, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Tayrona, Cienaga, El Banco (Magdalena); Valledupar (Cesar); Barranquilla, Galapa (Atlantico); Cabo de la Vela, Palomino, Punta Gallinas, Urumita, Bahia Portete (Guajira).

Culture:

Music and Popular Dances: Cumbia, Vallenato (Son, Paseo, Merengue y Puya)

 

Cuisine:

  • Exquisite Dishes in Santa Marta: Main ingredients are fish, plantains and coconut rice
  • Exotic beverage in La Guajira called Chirrinchi accompanied with Roasted goat with guiso in La Guajira
  • In all the department of Atlantico: Mullet rice, tubes of ground yam, and Butifarra.

Festivals and Fairs:

  • Santa Marta: Fiestas del Mar (Festival of the Sea)
  • El Banco: Cumbia Festival
  • Atlantico: The Carnival of Barranquilla
  • Guajira: Festival of the Wayuu Culture, Festival of the the Acordeon’s Cradle
  • Cesar: Festival of the Vallenta Leyend

Ethnicities: Caucasian, Mestizo (Mixed Race), Indigenous (Kogui, Arhuaco, Wayuu, Arsario, Mokana), Arab-Turkish,

For more information please refer to: COLOMBIA TRAVEL , COLOMBIA CULTURAL

 

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Diving Sites:

 

  • Taganga is the meeting spot for all divers in this region. There are 20 different identified sites, in the following table you can find the most prominent and visited.
  • In this region you can go diving thorughout the year. Since there is little visibility during the months of August and September, it is not recommended to do so in these months.
  • The nearest hyperbaric chamber to these spots is in the Hospital Naval de Cartagena.

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Sites Average Depth
Visibility
Currents Level of Experience
Apnea Highlighits
Barco Hundido

(Sunken Ship)

100 ft

32 – 49 ft

Medium

Advanced

Yes

Amazing wreck diving plenty of marine life

El Cantil de Granate

100 ft

32 – 49 ft Varies

Advanced

Yes

Wall diving , Brain Coral, Night Diving

Paso del Angel 23 – 130 ft 20 – 66 ft Varies

Beginner

Yes

Exuberant variety of corals, sponges and fish. Lobsters, seahorses and Moray eels.

El Coro 45 – 131 ft 32 – 49 ft Medium

Advanced

No

Cave formations. Sharks

Isla Aguja 130 ft 32 – 49 ft Medium

Beginner

Yes

Barracudas, Coral Lettuce, beautiful school of fish

Morrito Largo 130 ft 32 – 49 ft Varies

Beginner

No

Deep and technical Diving. Black Coral, Gigantic Sponges. This is an iconic spot in the region.

 

Open Water & Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta

DESCRIPTION :

Start your underwater adventures by doing the first level of diving specialization in Santa Marta. You can enjoy the waters of the National Natural Park Tayrona, perfect for learning the basic techniques of diving. And while you are out of the water, you can know and enjoy the emblematic and mythical Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta.
  • 4 nights accommodation in Taganga. Private bathroom, hot water, air conditioning, minibar fridge, flat cable TV, WIFI and wardrobe. Breakfast included
  • 2 nights accommodation in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Single, Double or Multiple Room with full meals.
  • 1 night accommodation in Santa Marta in Single or Double Room. Air conditioning, minibar fridge, flat cable TV, WIFI and breakfast.

  • Open Water Course for 3 days. 1 day of instruction in confined waters and 4 dives in open water. Includes refreshment, instruction, equipment, diving log and PADI or SDI certification. Valid for Referral.

  • Accomodation 1 night at a rural Inn, 4 meals (2 lunchs, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast), ground transportation in 4WD vehicles with A/C (5PAX/VEHICLE), Natural Juice day 1, Chorizos day 2, english-speaking tour guide, entrance fees to La Victoria farm.

  • Transfers Airport – Hotel – Airport; Taganga – Sierra Nevada – Santa Marta

  • Hotel, Travel and Diving Insurance

  • International or Domestic Air Transportation (the latter can be purchased with EcoDiving). Other diving services or equipment NOT explicitly described in the plan Must be purchased directly from the Diving Center. Complementary food and beverage plans must be purchased by the guest.
  • Other Activities or Amenities NOT explicitly described in the Plan. Others not explicitly specified in the Plan.

  • Low Season: Maximum 20 days prior to check-in date.
  • High Season: Maximum 90 days prior to check in Hotel.

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