You’ll explore mesmerising Santa Marta on this driving tour – South America’s oldest surviving city. It’s a place of contrasts and, between high-rise hotels and glossy shopping malls, Spanish colonial buildings line up in squares shaded by acacia trees. You’ll be transported around all the big sights by coach, pausing to admire Colombia’s oldest church, and the Bolivar Plaza, a hive of lunching locals and camera-toting tourists. Your driving tour comes to a close at La Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, a 17th-century hacienda that once belonged to Simon Bolivar. Bolivar led Colombia’s fight for independence, and was celebrated for freeing several South American countries from the Spanish Empire. You’ll enjoy an access-all-areas visit, checking out the impressive artwork and furniture that remains since the freedom fighter’s death in 1830. The garden is the star of the show, though – it’s full of blooms, as well as a small population of iguanas.
- SUITABILITY Little physical activity.