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Santa Marta, a Caribbean islander loop

Santa Marta, Colombia

Experience hosted by Felipe

2.5 hoursHosted in English and Spanish
Up to 4 people
Includes food and drinks

What you'll do

La Isla que se Repite gets started at El Local by JáfanaJafana, the cultural center we created a couple of years ago. Its located in the heart of the historic center, on Calle de la Cruz (12th street). We have many interesting objects, plants and books there, an urban laboratory of sorts where we engage the community and our visitors in creative and meaningful ways. We’ll hit it off with a small talk about the general context of the Colombian Caribbean and getting to know each other’s interests, so that we can cater to them during the walk.

The first part of the experience will include visits to the oldest catholic church in South America, the first cathedral founded by Spaniards in the subcontinent, and the Casa de la Aduana, the best preserved building in the historic center. If we're doing the morning walk, we can drop by Alfaix for delicious breakfast while we roam around the public market. We'll take a light dive into GGM's world, Macondo, and its many connections present in Santa Marta.We’ll grab a juice from our trusted street vendor on our way to the river mouth of the Manzanares, also dropping by Jaime Bateman’s grave, a local guerrilla leader from the 80s. The final stop of the experience will be Pescaíto, where football first landed in Colombia, and birthplace of many legends like Pibe Valderrama. We’ll listen to a couple tunes in Manuelito, an iconic salsa joint.
Other things to note
We'll be waking most of the time so the sun can be an issue. That's why the suggested time slots to participate in the experience are between 8.00 and 10.00 in the morning and 17.00 and 19.30.
La Isla que se Repite gets started at El Local by JáfanaJafana, the cultural center we created a couple of years ago. Its located in the heart of the historic center, on Calle de la Cruz (12th street). We have many interesting objects, plants and books there, an urban laboratory of sorts where we engage the community and our visitors in creative and meaningful ways. We’ll hit it off with a small talk about the general context of the Colombian Car…

What's included

  • Food
    We can either grab some fried arepas de huevo, the best in town according t...
  • Drinks
    We could also go for a recently made juice at La Catedral, just like we we...

Meet your host, Felipe

Host on Airbnb since 2012
  • 4 Reviews
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I used to work as a journalist in the US before moving to Santa Marta to pursue a dream project I had for a long time: to explore the intersection between the hospitality industry, Colombia's extraordinary cultural heritage, and a personal longing for meaning. After several years, this exploration is still ongoing and has become the center point of my life. I manage a guesthouse in the historic center of the city and am the cofounder of a cultural center (JáfanaJafana) where my partner and I promote explore alternative, meaningful ways of being samario. Technocrats use the term tactical urbanism. This experience is just the result of being involved in these areas and the region long enough to know a bit about what makes it such an extraordinary place in the world. We are also working on a local guidebook, which we are beta testing.
I used to work as a journalist in the US before moving to Santa Marta to pursue a dream project I had for a long time: to explore the intersection between the hospitality industry, Colombia's extraordinary cultural heritage, and a personal longing for meaning. After several years, this exploration is still ongoing and has become the center point of my life. I manage a guesthouse in the historic center of the city and am the cofounder of a cultural center (JáfanaJafana) where my partner and I pro…
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Where you'll be

Santa Marta's historic center, which is around 10 blocks long and 10 blocks deep, and is one of the best preserved in the country. There are multiple monuments and sites in the area, as well as pieces of street art worth checking. Pescaíto, the neighboring borough, the place were a football game was first played in Colombia and also the home of a couple of prominent reguetón artists. The river mouth of the Manzanares, and Playa Los Cocos.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 4 reviews.

Matt
July 2019
Amazing experience! Felipe has an encyclopedic knowledge of Santa Marta and did everything he could to make everyone enjoy the tour as much as possible. I would recommend this experience to everyone. Thanks again Felipe!
Sunil
June 2019
Tour was excellent. Don’t think more and book it now. He is friendly, prompt and knowledgeable. I am sure he will be super busy guide in Santa Marta soon.
Howard
May 2019
Felipe is a very interesting guy who gives a great tour! His knowledge of Columbia’s history, specifically Santa Marta is nothing short of amazing! Even my 16 year old son was engaged!! And on his summer vacation, no less. I highly recommended this one of a kind personalized experience.
Felipe is a very interesting guy who gives a great tour! His knowledge of Columbia’s history, specifically Santa Marta is nothing short of amazing! Even my 16 year old son was enga…
Andreas
September 2019
With Felipe you get an unique insight into Santa Marta's culture and history.

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 14 and up can attend.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

What to bring

Sun Block, hat, cap, sun protection.

Comfortable clothes, tennis shoes.