A pearl in the Caribbean - essential free tour (in English)🥇✅

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Guru: Javier
Quality Verified Registered on October 20, 2022

Hi, I'm Javier! Professional tour guide, passionate about history and innate interpreter of Colombian culture. My passion is sharing, so it is a pleasure to host travelers from all over the world and learn from each one of them and that they can do it from me.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Hello, I'm Javier and I invite you to visit the most iconic places in the historic center of the city of Santa Marta, taking a tour through the culture and history of the city appreciating places such as:

  • Simon Bolivar Square
  • Tairona's museum of gold
  • Gabriel García Márquez Library
  • Town hall palace
  • San Francisco square 
  • mail alley
  • cathedral square
  • Santa Marta’s theater 
  • Calle Grande and Calle Real
  • Tayrona Palace
  • Lover's park
  • bay boardwalk
  • Juice place 

 If you like to know details and curious facts, this will be an ideal plan for you, allow me to be your guide on this adventure.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Cl. 14 #2-08, Santa Marta, Magdalena,...
    Cl. 14 #2-08, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia
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    In front of the Tairona Gold Museum, with a black backpack and my tour guide accreditation.

  • 1
    Free admission
    Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana

    The gold museum allows us to observe different pieces of pre-Hispanic and current indigenous art. In this wonderful place we will talk about who the Taironas were and why they became extinct. On the other hand, as its name indicates, we can appreciate pieces of gold.

  • 2
    Outside visit
    Parque Simon Bolívar

    In every place and corner of Colombia there is some place related to the same name "Simón Bolivar", and here we explain a little bit of everything; pre-Hispanic history, independence history, architecture, sculptures, etc. It almost feels like traveling back in time!

  • 3
    Outside visit
    Plaza San Francisco

    The San Francisco square is a very old place in Santa Marta, here you can appreciate the daily life and local economy or well known as "rebusque" in the popular Colombian slang. In this place we talk about the pirate attacks related to the catholic religion in the caribbean.

  • 4
    Free admission
    Catedral De Santa Marta

    This church is called the mother of all churches in Colombia, it is here that you will learn about the religious customs in Santa Marta and the spooky superstitions of the city. It is also the perfect place to appreciate the arabic, colonial and renaissance influences. Don't forget your camera!

  • 5
    Outside visit
    callejón del correo

    In this place we make some recommendations about the typical dishes of the city and the restaurants that you should visit in case you want to try them, it is a mix between colors and gastronomy, very interesting.

  • 6
    Outside visit
    Parque de los Novios

    Here we talk about the nightlife of the city of Santa Marta, is an ideal place to spend a night of romance or with friends, its name is not originally "Parque de los Novios" and that's what we'll talk about there.

  • 7
    Outside visit
    Malecón de Bastidas - Santa Marta

    This is the perfect time to breathe and relax a little listening to the sound of the waves, while walking along the boardwalk of the bay. The scenery of this place is amazing especially during sunset.

  • 8
    Outside visit
    plazoleta de jugos santa marta

    The juice place is the perfect spot to talk about the typical fruits that we find in the Colombian Caribbean coast. Here we will give some explanations as a "fruit class" and we will taste one, remember that part of traveling is to try rare things for yourself. At the end you will be able to buy a 100% natural juice if you wish.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Seb 07 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Javi is a brilliant guide who speaks wonderful English. His tour was very informative and fun. He took us around the city, explaining its history. He took us to some local fruit, juice and food stands to explain what locals like to eat - with the option of trying some. The conversation flowed very naturally and it was a great morning spent wandering the city while learning about local life and history.
Dina 05 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Javier was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his hometown of Santa Marta. He answered all our questions, made some great recommendations and made himself available via WhatsApp for any further information. Highly recommend his tour. Muchas gracias, Javier
Wies 04 Jun 2024

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Travelled alone - Jun 2024
Javier is a great tour guide and provides interesting and interactive tour, even in the rain!
Kirith 24 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
We had a great tour with Javier! He was very warm and welcoming. The tour was very informative, with a good balance of history, food and local recommendations. The best way to see the historical centre on our first day!
Amber 16 May 2024

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Travelled alone - May 2024
Great tour. Very interesting history given on the area. Thank you for the seafood soup recommendation. i loved it and went back for lunch. i also went to the restaurant you recommended for one of the best cold lemonades.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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