Hi friends! I hope you’ve been doing well. GC and I are honeymooning in Colombia for two beautiful weeks. As I’m writing I am staring out at a sunrise over a lush, green mountain, surrounded by birds chirping (and a few rogue mosquitos). This land is like a dream.
We’re spending one week in Santa Marta, Colombia, a coastal town. It is an interesting mix of desert land with cacti abound and lush ocean greens. Santa Marta is right next to one of Colombia national parks, Parque Tayrona. Our next week will be in Pereira, in the center of the Eje Cafetera, or Coffee Triangle.
Where to Stay:
We stayed in a boutique hotel in the center of Santa Marta, Casa Carolina. The hotel was impeccable and consisted of 5 floors of rooms, all overlooking a central pool surrounded by beautiful landscaping. The food was better than we could have imagined. Every night, the presentation was like eating in the finest five-star restaurant.
Things to do in Santa Marta:
- Tour a coffee farm (Hacienda La Victoria) and visit waterfalls in Minca
- Hike and swim in Parque Tayrona
- Visit Burukuka for the best sunset view
- Grab a boat to relax on private beaches
What to Pack:
Santa Marta is HOT. And humid. There are also lots of mosquitos there, so bringing bug repellent is a must. We avoid wearing DEET whenever possible, as it is a neurotoxin (toxic to the central nervous system). GC found a great brand of natural bug repellent which proved highly effective during our stay. A lot of our activities were very active, so bringing work out clothes is a great idea.
- 3 dresses
- 2-4 short sleeve shirts
- 1 button down
- 2 shorts
- 1 pair jeans
- 1-2 pairs work out leggings/shorts
- 1-2 work out tops
- 1-2 swim suits
- 1 swim suit cover up
- Sandals (that can get wet)
- Sun hat
- Bug repellent
- SPI Belt (to hold money in a safe place while you are walking around)
- Passport (you need it to get into Parque Tayrona)
- Water filter (this is the absolute best travel filter I’ve seen. Make sure to buy the travel purifier, which removes microbes and pathogens, in addition to heavy metals and chemicals)