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Minca Village

Tuesday, 25 October 2011 22:58 Published in Minca

Minca is a small self-sustaining village with unimaginable wealth, with spectacular and diverse flora and fauna since its located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta, which was declared "Reserve of the Man and Biosphere" by UNESCO and Ecosystem priority for conservation in South America by the International Union. Minca gets its name because Don Juan de Minca who was the first to settle there with his family, coming from Spain. Among the spectacular flora Minca trees are 40 meters in height with palms, ferns and vines and other vegetation which provide us with spectacular green views and with stunning panoramic views of Santa Marta those of which we highlight the Minca mirador (viewpoint) and the Casa Loma Hostel.

Church of San Francisco

Wednesday, 09 February 2011 02:34 Published in Santa Marta Historical Downtown


History of the Church of San Francisco



This Church was home to many changes over the past centuries. The Franciscans had left the city in 1821, but then returned 25 years later, in 1946 at the request of the bishop of the diocese. Then after a fire on 29 June 1962, it took more than a year to start the construction of the new church, but it was not until 1964 that the temple could be opened solemnly.

The current parish office of the convent was later remodeled in June 1997 to be completed and solemnly blessed on June 6, 1998, after this it hasn´t undergone many changes other than the church´s plaza, which was remodeled thanks to the plan to remodel the Historic Downtown.

San Francisco´s Church Today

Today the Church is directed by Father Jesus Maria Peña Granados who is in charge of guiding the spiritual lives of many people in Santa Marta.

Cathedral of Santa Marta

Sunday, 23 January 2011 20:45 Published in Santa Marta Historical Downtown


History of the Cathedral of Santa Marta



The Cathedral of Santa Marta was the first basilica built in Latin America and its construction dates back to 1765, when the former Governor Don Andrés Pérez wanted to build a cathedral that would endure and resist the uncertainty giving the task to the Engineer Don Juan Cayetano to start planning this church of the Catholic faith with Renaissance style. At the beginning of its construction the city had a population greatly diminished due to the many attacks of English, French and Dutch pirates which from 1543 until 1712, succeeded in burning and looting the city more than 20 times.


This Cathedral is one of the monuments that make us feel proud to Santa Marta, its full of memories and legends, and somewhere in the building is hidden a small urn containing the heart and guts of the Liberator Simon Bolivar, who on December 20, 1930 had a solemn funeral procession from the Casa de la Aduana (Customs House) to this place. There are also the remains of the founder of Santa Marta, Don Rodrigo de Bastidas, which were brought from the Dominican Republic on Friday, September 18, 1953.

Cathedral of Santa Marta Today


Also known as Minor Basilica, it has just been restored and it’s a very important monument of Christianity, Santa Marta and Colombia in general, right now under the direction of Father Felix Lopez.