Food, Music and Dance

Santa Marta

Santa Marta, Food, Music and Dance

Food

Due its cultural diversity, Santa Marta has a wide gastronomic offer where African and Spanish heritages prevail, but you can also experience hints of Lebanese and Chinese flavors because of migrations. Fine dining restaurants have also followed international trends of developing new flavors by looking deep into one’s roots, so local ingredients from the Sierra Nevada have been making their way into local dishes. But the most common food you will taste on your visit are snacks that can be found in most restaurants and street corners like empanadas, cayeye and arepa de huevo and the always present coconut rice dish, fried fish and patacones.

Due its cultural diversity, Santa Marta has a wide gastronomic offer where African and Spanish heritages prevail, but you can also experience hints of Lebanese and Chinese flavors because of migrations. Fine dining restaurants have also followed international trends of developing new flavors by looking deep into one’s roots, so local ingredients from the Sierra Nevada have been making their way into local dishes. But the most common food you will taste on your visit are snacks that can be found in most restaurants and street corners like empanadas, cayeye and arepa de huevo and the always present coconut rice dish, fried fish and patacones.

Music and Dance

The mix of instruments, cultures, accents, and beliefs have consolidated a great musical tradition in the city. The main genres in the region are:

Vallenato

Originally from the Caribbean Coast – has become one of Colombia’s favorite musical expressions. Farmers in the region are said to have inherited the traditions of Spanish and African immigrants, singing, and playing their instruments as they traveled around. Eventually, African, and indigenous instruments, such as bagpipe flutes, guacharaca, and drums, joined the European accordion to create a unique genre. Samarian international star, Carlos Vives has led efforts to blend vallenato with rock, pop, and other Caribbean Colombian ethnic rhythms.

Cumbia

Is one of the most representative musical expressions of Colombia. Played with bagpipes, drums, maracas, and horns. A dance created by slaves to communicate with each other and express themselves. It is a dance of seduction in which the woman acts submissive while the man dances around her, seducing her.

La Puya

Originally from Magdalena, dating from 1885, it is a lively, energetic, and very fast dance. There is not much choreography, as couples dance freely

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