The Santa Marta Cathedral Is A National Monument Built In 1766 Which Held The Remains Of Simon Bolivar Until 1842.

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Santa Marta

Santa Marta is South America's oldest European-founded town and the second-most-important historic city on Colombia's Caribbean coast. Santa Marta does hotels, restaurants and bars well, and it's located near a slew of superb destinations perfect for day trips. The climate is hot, but the heat here is drier than in Cartagena, and the evening sea breeze keeps the city cool after dark.

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