Santa Marta is the capital of Magdalena state and is located on the spectacular coastline of Colombia. The city was founded in 1525. The cathedral, built in four years later by the Dominicans was named the Church of Santa Ana. The Customs House is an architectural monument, beautifully restored and preserved as the Bank of the Republics Gold Museum. It exhibits pre Columbian artifacts and includes a small yet priceless collection of Tayrona gold and pottery pieces. San Pedro de Alejandrino village dates back to the 17th century. It is a country estate outside the city limits and has been the setting for many significant events in Colombian history. In 1830, don Joaquin Mier y Benitez offered his home to the Great Liberator Simón Bolivár—a refuge for this last days. It was later declared a National Monument by the Colombian Government. Not only has the interior of the house been preserved, but the many gardens have also been restored to their former glory by National Tourism Corporation. El Rodadero is a lively strip of hotel and apartments built around the Gaira Bay, where the beaches are particularly lovely. You will stop at a local hotel for a special folkloric show, soft drinks and beer, with a chance to shop for handicrafts before returning to the ship. Please note: Comfortable shoes are highly recommended.