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Based on a balanced approach, the hotel's daily menu uses healthy ingredients and fruits from the region and varies according to the preferences of the guests. In this region seafood is as fresh as it gets. Buffet breakfast with local fruits juices and arepas. A typical lunch can include fish soup with coconut milk and different fresh fish prepared in various styles accompanied by the local staple Arroz con Coco (coconut rice) and Patacon (Platain). Dinner will be lighter and always offer a local dessert dish using papaya or mango for example. You can request vegetarian options ahead of your arrival. Along the Caribbean coast, fish and plantains are very popular as is Ceviche. Coconut rice is a common side dish along the coastal cities. Suero, which is a cross between yogurt and sour cream, is widely consumed, and was introduced by Arab immigrants in Barranquilla and other coastal cities. The arepa has many forms in the Caribbean region, which include arepa limpia, arepa de huevo (arepa with egg), and arepa de queso (arepa with cheese).Colombia is home to numerous tropical fruits and rarely found elsewhere. There are several varieties of bananas including a very small, sweet version. Others include zapote, nispero, lulo, uchuva which is used to accompany Aguardiente, the local licor, passion fruit, borojó, curuba, mamoncillo, guanábana, guava, mango, apple, pear, blackberry, strawberry and many others.
From Santa Marta, on the Caribbean Trunk Road (Troncal del Caribe) via Riohacha, on the border between Magdalena and La Guajira, 70 km away. You can take a taxi from the Santa Marta airport to the hotel for about $50 USD
Spanish is the local language even though you will hear different accents depending on which part of the country the person is from. English is spoken fluently specially in the regions where tourist visit.
The recently renovated downtown of Santa Marta with its blend of colonial and republican architecture attracts many visitors among them several cruise ships a week. Tayrona National Natural Park: located 34 km north of Santa Marta, it is the most important ecological reserve in Colombia. It has camping zones, virgin beaches and tropical forest. The park also has its own archeological site, Pueblito (also known as Cahirama); it is one of the 200 pre-Columbian cities discovered near Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.Taganga: an authentic fishing town, a popular destination for scuba diving, with beautiful beaches nearby.
Nightlife at Hukumeizi is more about harmony with nature, listening to the sounds of the forest at night and discovering an amazing night sky. To find some restaurants, bars and clubs Santa Marta is your best bet. Try the local flavor at Burukuka, Antike y Pike, Gourmet Plaza Bistro and other local bars to hear salsa music, dance a little, try a Cerveza Aguila or Club Colombia beer and of course a shot of the local drink Aguardiente which will surely help you move your hips like Shakira. La Escollera is a perfect place to experience how colombians like to party, a great example of what a Rumba is. Deja vu, also located in the Rodadero area which is the zone with more activity at night. Also venture to the Historic Center where 17th street offers the best place to go barhopping.
For all trips: • Binoculars • Camera or video camera with case for protection against humidity and rain • Plenty of film • Sun block lotion • Sunglasses with a strap • Swimming trunks • Broad-brimmed hat or cap • Insect repellent • Personal toiletries and medications • Photocopy of your passport • Reading material If you are heading for the jungle do not leave without: • Lightweight, light colored, long cotton pants • Long sleeved, light colored cotton shirts • Absorbent socks • Ankle-high hiking boots • Sneakers • Sandals • A powerful flashlight with batteries • A water bottle or canteen • Rain suit or poncho
WALK TO RIVER PALOMINO It is a one-hour ride along the beach to reach the mouth of the river. The landscape is amazing, especially when the sky is clear and you can observe the snowy peaks of the Sierra. You can also do some river tubing in mostly calm waters with the occasional rapid to keep the adrenaline pumping. The TAYRONA PARK is visited by travelers from all over the world that come to enjoy its amazing beaches with gold spec sands and trekking trails. THE LOST CITY (Ciudad Perdida) is a must see experience in the region. follow the Tayrona Trail but please be discreet, respectful and refrain from taking pictures. We are their guests. The San salvador River area also lends itself to exploring the fauna and flora of the region. Birdwatchers will encounter many local and migratory species. The KOGUIS have inhabited the region since precolombian times and have made the Sierra Nevada their home. They define themselves as guardians of balance in the planet and their admirable use of the natural resources and zealous conservation of nature are examples to be replicated around the world. The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (Snowy Mountain Range of Saint Martha) is an isolated mountain range apart from the Andes chain that runs through Colombia. Reaching an altitude of 5,700 metres above sea level just 42 km from the Caribbean coast, the Sierra Nevada is the world's highest coastal range. The mangrove provides a unique opportunity to do birdwatching in one of the world's most diverse habitats including migratory species.
GMT -5 hours
No visa required for US citizens.
There are no seasons in Colombia due to its location near the equator. Average high is 82F and low is 77F year round. Temperatures in the city of Santa Marta ranges from 27 to 35 degrees Celsius at sea level, but the Municipality of Santa Marta stretches up to the highest snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and each 100 meter of higher altitude means 1 Celsius lower temperature. Rainfall in this region varies from 12 to 975 mm per month.
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