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Excursions in Cartagena, Colombia

If you feel like exploring beyond the bounds of the city, why not take a excursion to one of the many great locations in the surrounding area.

Tayrona National Park

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The Tayrona National Park is a great place to spend a relaxing day. The park is a fascinating mix of jungle slopes, beautiful white beaches and coral reefs. Here you can walk, relax under the shade of the coconut palms or snorkel amongst the reefs. It is only recommended however, to remain in the shallow waters; swimming here is dangerous as there are some strong undercurrents. Nearby, the ancient village of Tayrona, which is currently under excavation, is worth a visit.

City of Santa Marta

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Another enjoyable day out is to visit the port city of Santa Marta. This is the oldest port in Colombia and the intriguing city is situated under the highest coastal mountain in the world; the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. The city is an important maritime port and hub for tourism, history and culture. The nearby resort of El Rodadero is a fun place to chill out with its beautiful beach and warm waters. This is also a good base from which to enjoy some treks into the mountains and to experience the breathtaking scenery.

Town of Mompox

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If its architecture and history you're after, make for the interesting town of Mompox. Situated on the River Magdalena, the town was at one time an important trading base with the Caribbean. Such trading no longer exists, but it has left a legacy in the form of some very attractive Colonial architecture and interesting history.

Islands of Tierrabomba

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Island tours make exciting excursions and the Islands of Tierrabomba and Baru are great places to visit. Situated in very close proximity to the city, these islands are home to mangroves, magnificent white beaches, little resorts and an ancient military fort. This is also a great place to have fun practicing your horse riding skills.

The Rosario Islands

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Boats leave Cartagena daily for the 45 minute trip to the Rosario Islands; a cluster of 27 small islands that form part of a National Park. Here there are some amazing beaches where the waters are good for snorkelling and scuba diving. There are also some great hikes and endless opportunities to exercise your camera!.

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