After a few days in Medellin, it was time to head back to the airport to fly to Santa Marta. The Medellin airport is so much easier to navigate than the Bogota airport. Literally walked right through security, and there were only a handful of gates. Love easy check-ins! It was the second internal flight I took in Colombia, and initially I wasn’t sure what to expect with the smaller carriers, but Avianca is great. Puts our US domestic carriers to shame! It was a short 1 hour flight from Medellin to the northern coastal town of Santa Marta.
According to Wikipedia, It was founded in July 29, 1525 by the Spanish conqueror Rodrigo de Bastidas, which makes it the oldest remaining city in Colombia (Santa María la Antigua del Darién was founded earlier, but abandoned soon after). Located between the Santa Marta Mountains and the Caribbean Sea, the city is a popular tourist destination due to its history, colonial architecture, beaches and nearby nature reserves.
You can tell you are in a laid back coastal town as soon as you land. The airport is open to the outdoors, and it was a breeze getting in and out. We took a taxi from the airport to the main town area, and checked in to our hostel. It was early afternoon at this point, so I walked around the areas near Plaza San Francisco and Parque Bolivar (there are a lot of statues devoted to Bolivar in this country!) and took some pictures. Gorgeous architecture. I just enjoyed taking it all in.
I noticed that the people in this area are more outgoing and talkative! Many of the people have dark hair, deep tans, and Caribbean features, so I blended in a little, which was actually really nice. A lot of people assumed I spoke Spanish… until I opened my mouth! And then everyone was curious as to where I was from. It was a great conversation starter, and allowed me to practice my Espanol!