You’ll be an expert on Santa Marta after this tour. It begins at the city’s Gold Museum, which showcases shiny stuff hailing from pre-Colombian indigenous cultures. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a stroll around the city with a knowledgeable guide. You’ll get a good look at the varied architecture, which tells of Spanish colonial and Republican reign. Plus, you’ll amble through sunny squares like Bolivar Plaza, where ladies lunch under the shade of leafy acacia trees. You’ll visit Colombia’s oldest church, and check out Parque Santander, a park full of mimosa trees on the outskirts of the city. La Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino is the final stop of the day. This 17th-century hacienda was once the home of Simon Bolivar, a freedom fighter who led Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru to independence from the Spanish Empire. The period artworks and furniture are real eye candy, and the garden, with its native flowers and family of iguanas, is even better.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.