We arrived into Santa Marta last night, Wednesday evening, by bus. On arrival it certainly lacked the beauty of Cartagena, but it makes up for it with charm. Santa Marta is a popular Columbian holiday destination, and that helps it to be a bustling town as well as a busy port. There are lots of great restaurants and a great beach, our first dip into the Caribbean sea!
This a picture from a nearby hacienda, which had these amazing botanical gardens, art by local artists and lots of historical stuff about Simon Bolivar (for the uneducated, that was me a few hours ago, he was key in the liberating of Columbia and othe countries from colonial ruling). Also, they had giant lizards in the gardens.
Tomorrow, Friday, we head into the Tahrona national park to do some further exploration of the Caribbean coast.