Santa Marta is a city in
Colombia. It is the capital of the department of Magdalena and third largest
urban city of the Caribbean Region of Colombia, after Barranquilla and Cartagena.
Founded on July 29, 1525, by the Spanish conquistador Rodrigo de Bastidas, it
was the first Spanish settlement in Colombia, and is the oldest surviving city
in that country, and second oldest in South America. This city is situated on a
bahía of the same name and as such, is a prime tourist