Santa Marta, Colombia
Founded on July 29, 1525 by Spanish conqueror Rodrigo de Bastidas, Santa Marta is located in northwestern Colombia on the edge of the Caribbean Sea. Fronted by the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains, the city is an important maritime port and hub for Colombia tourism, history and culture.
The city is also famous as the place where Simon Bolivar died. Bolivar, know as "El Libertador," was instrumental in gaining independence from Spain for many countries in South America. He died at 47 years old in a villa outside of Santa Marta, and he remains to this day a true hero.
A stylish bust of Simon Bolivar on display at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, near Santa Marta.
Inside the Museo Del Oro (Gold Museum) in Santa Marta, Colombia the remains of a highly-placed royal (or king) of the ancient Taironas people was on display. Long live the king!
This seemingly pensive young woman was sitting on the steps of the Santa Marta Cathedral, and carefully guarding her styrofoam cooler.
I was surprised to see a casino in downtown Santa Marta, and even more surprising, it was open on Sunday.
A large door lock inside the courtyard of a local villa.
On tiled roofs here (for whatever reason) cactus flourishes.
A ceramic jaguar head in the Museo Del Oro.
Iguanas are common along the coastal areas of Colombia. This large specimen was climbing a tree in Santa Marta.
A very typical street merchant in Santa Marta, Colombia.SANTA MARTA PHOTOS Page 1
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