El Morro is the guardian, custodian, and witness of the historical evolution of Santa Marta. For many locals, El Morro is the best representation of being “Samario” and main.
It is a rocky hill that during the conquest and the colony was used as a strategic means to preserve the city against pirate attacks. Today it is used as the seat of the lighthouse that guides ships entering and leaving the port.
El Morro is also considered a sacred site for the practice of rituals and worship of the indigenous communities that inhabit the Sierra Nevada.