This colonial hacienda from the XVll century was Simón Bolivar’s home during his final days. Today, it is an open museum that allows visitors to understand his life and work through art from the nations he freed.
Guided tours include stepping into the former hacienda, where you can see Bolivar’s bed and personal belongings at the time of his death in 1830, a walk through the botanical garden and the Modern Art Museum.
With over 150 species, the botanical garden offers visitors the chance of seeing some of the most beautiful and representative flora of the northern parts of the country. It has become a teaching ground for investigation purposes and conversational education.
In your final stop, visit the Altar de la Patria, or Nation’s Altar, a monument made of marble built in 1930 to honor the Bolívar on the first centenary of his death and take a few minutes to walk through the picturesque Plaza de Banderas, where all the flags of the Americas are present as an expression of Bolivar’s hopes and dreams of continental unity.
Low season. 09:00 a.m. at 4:30 p.m.
High season. 09:00 a.m. at 5:30 p.m.
December 24 and 31. 09:00 a.m. at 1:00 p.m.
Kids 0 to 5 (Nationals and Foreigners) Free
Kids 6 to 12 $15.000
Nationals 13+ $17.000
Foreigners 13+ $23.000
Active and retired military Free
The guidance service is offered by students as part of School Tourism Practices or Social Service, which are mandatory to earn a bachelor’s degree or college student volunteers. No fee is charged but direct tips to volunteers is strongly encouraged.
How to get there:
La Quinta is a widely known place for locals, two blocks away from Buenavista, Santa Marta’s shopping mall in Santa Marta. Taxis usually have fixed fees and will charge you $6.000 – $8.000 within the Santa Marta perimeter and $12.000 – $15.000 from Rodadero and Taganga. Several bus routes cover this area, so check before visiting as they are updated constantly.