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Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino information
This hacienda on the outskirts of town is where Simón Bolívar spent his last days and died. The hacienda was established at the beginning of the 17th century and was engaged in cultivating and processing sugarcane. It had its own trapiche (sugarcane mill) and a destilería (distillery).
During the Bolívar era, the hacienda was owned by a Spaniard, Joaquín de Mier, a devoted supporter of Colombia's independence cause. He invited Bolívar to stay and take a rest at his home before his intended journey to Europe. Since its inauguration, ownership has changed more than 15 times. Highlights among the wares in the hacienda include an absolutely decadent marble bathtub.
Several monuments have been built on the grounds in remembrance of Bolívar, the most imposing of which is a massive central structure called the Altar de la Patria . Just to the right of this is the Museo Bolivariano , which features works of art donated by Latin American artists, including those from Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia, the countries liberated by Bolívar.
The outstanding grounds, home to Santa Marta's 22-hectare Jardín Botánico , are also worth a stroll. Some of the property's trees are worth the trip out here alone. A new convention center and concert hall were under construction at time of research.
The quinta is in the far eastern suburb of Mamatoco, about 4km from the city center. To get here, take the Mamatoco bus from the waterfront (Carrera 1C); it's a 20-minute trip (COP$1200) to the hacienda.