New Venice, the city on water

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9 hours
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Santa Marta
Max People : 10
Tour Details

You’ll depart the hotel early to travel for 15 minutes to arrive at the small port of Tasajera. The reason for the early departure is to catch the morning tide and your boat that will be departing at 7 am. You’ll journey across the largest coastal lagoon in Colombia; La Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000 this lagoon is considered the most important in this region and vital for the livelihood of the locals.

Making a stop along the way at Buenavista, another city floating atop the Caribbean Sea. You’ll enjoy experiencing this close encounter with the amphibian culture that lives entirely on floating pontoons and houses on stilts.

Continuing onto New Venice (Nueva Venecia), you’ll travel around and through this town suspended on sticks, to visit several of the most important watermarks (landmarks lolol) such as the Mona y Sábalo Bakery, the only carpenter’s house, the house of María la “bossy” (who is the living figure of the New Venice carnival), the aqueduct, the drugstore, the village apothecary, and the craftsman’s house. After finishing your tour of the town you’ll enjoy some lunch along with a walking tour to the police station, the town church, the soccer field Falcao donated, and the school.

You’ll not only love the colorful wooden houses and the canoes parked at almost every house, creating a unique and unforgettable landscape. But you’ll also enjoy a cultural exchange with the families that make their living fishing in these very waters.

Just before you leave, you’ll enjoy a traditional “baile e’ negro” (black dance). To leave you with just one more life-lasting memory of this unique place.


  • Pickup and Drop-off from your Santa Marta accommodation
  • Private Air-conditioned transportation 
  • Bilingual Guide


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