Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, Santa Marta

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Simon Bolivar spent the last two weeks of his life at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino. A Spanish supporter of Colombia's independence, who at the time produced rum, honey, and sugar on the estate, invited Bolivar to rest at the 17th-century colonial villa before his planned trip to Europe. Today, the estate features several monuments dedicated to Bolivar, including a massive "Altar de la Patria," a museum exhibiting works by artists from the countries he helped liberate, and a botanical garden inhabited by iguanas. Look for the decadent marble bathtub, which is for many visitors the highlight of the tour. Plan to see Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and other attractions that appeal to you using our Santa Marta travel itinerary planner.
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  • The Quinta is more of a memorial than a museum on Simon Bolivar, it more to pious images to give a real explanation on the life and work of the liberator, which we eventually won't know much coming out of there. After it is interesting to see the places as they are currently kept. Similarly, we learn nothing about the life of a large hacienda sugar and slavery in the 18th century, the assignment of the function of buildings seemed a little strange and somewhat randomly made. The Museum of modern art also lacks explanations and the Botanical Garden of maintenance. It should be noted that foreigners pay more than Colombians and visited them guided are made not of high school students who have not really in-depth what they show.
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  • We visited the fifth and it was beautiful and full of history. We accompany a high school student, which was very friendly with us and very well explained historical details. We recommend visiting it.
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  • It is a place that teaches about life in the last days of Simón Bolivar, historically, also has a room of photography and painting that commemorates the Bolivarian dream. Beautiful trees and a small garden.
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  • Place is amazing, definitely a must stop in Santa Marta. They gave us a tour guide that spoke English and she did an great job with the tour.
  • It is far too expensive and is not exactly an historical place. I mean Simon Bolivar only died there but he just spend there like 10 days in his life. There is nothing to see (at that price) plus, the guides ask for extra tips.
  • One of the most important historical places of Santa Marta, Simon Bolivar "El libertador" is the main star here, a lot of art sculptures, huge place with vegetation and buildings from the years of Bolivar. Also a museum in his honor with the history of his life and death.
  • One of the most important places of Santa Marta. A lot of stories to tell about Simon Bolivar and his last days. Statue of how Bolivar looked the moment he died
  • Amazing place to learn part of the History of Colombia (with O) and enjoy modern art. I think the ticket is very expensive when the botanic garden requires more work. Price $15000 (Colombian pesos)

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No matter where you stay in Santa Marta's historical center, you'll never be more than a few minutes' walk from the beach. The old town offers countless accommodations, ranging from energetic youth hostels to cozy, family-run inns. Look to the seafront just outside of the historical center for luxury hotels and beach resorts. For a quieter experience, stay in the nearby beach town of Taganga, just north of Santa Marta.
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