01.22.2015 - 01.22.2015 83 °F
The ship's forward camera is always available to be seen on our cabin TV - in case we forget where we are and what day it is!
We both escorted tours today called "Santa Marta by foot and La Quinta visit". As we drove into the old city Ed caught a quick roadside glimpse of a man selling ice - yep, it is hot here!
We walked with our guides through the old city center. Our first stop was at the "Gold Museum" which also includes objects from Santa Marta's past from the Indians in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. But the city's primary focus historically is that it is the city in which the South American liberator, Simon Bolivar, spent his last days.
Street scenes in Santa Marta
Santa Marta cathedral, built in 1765
A view from the Bastidas Promenade with the Serenity in the distance. Santa Marta's beaches and resorts make it one of the leading tourist destinations in the Caribbean.
After reboarding our small buses we arrived at the farm where Bolivar spent his last days before he died of Tuberculosis in 1830. He was 47 years old.
The farm belonged to a close friend of Bolivar and is today preserved as a shrine to their revered hero of independence.
I guess cactus doesn't need much soil to take root!
Tile roofs are just plain picturesque!
An orange-legged Iguana is - well, fascinating, if not picturesque!
Driving back to the port - a quick peek at a weaver of plastic bags