Santa Marta is what I consider to be, after visiting approxamitaley 3 Colombian cities, a more real version of what the country is like. Yes Cartagena is beautiful, and it has a mud volcano in it`s outskirts, but Santa Marta is a real place where people have jobs and life doesn`t revolve around tourism. There`s also a pretty darn good night life, and a cheap restaurant where almost every plate you order comes with french fries. Luckily for the not drunk and fat, it also has something to offer in it`s outskirts, like the beautiful Parque Tayrona, with it`s palm tree beaches, green hills, jagged rock islands and extensive scuba diving in the nearby reef (I saw two lobsters, a huge crab, a green moray, and a stingray. for the record.) But now I am tired of all this action and will be placing myself on the slow long bus to Bogota for some last minute museum action with a splash of culture on top. I`m gonna need all the culture I can get before I head back to Detroit!
ps. do you see how small the line is on my map between cartagena and santa marta? that bus ride took 6 1/2 hours!