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Old 12 Feb 2008
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Santa Marta/Cartagena... any cheap hostel

Hi, I'm planning a trip from Peru to the Colombian coast, looking for cheap hostels in the Santa Marta and Cartagena areas... I have found some in other cities but no luck on these two so far, any advice is appreciated,
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What do you mean cheap?

You'll easily get accomodation for US$ 8-10. In Cartagena you should opt for somewhere on the Media Luna, the poorer part of town outside the walls. It's only a 5 minute stroll. I prefer La Dorada because it's a lot easier to get the bike in, and you get a room with fan and toilet to yourself. Apparently you can get your bike in the Holiday across the road, but it's a bit more cramped, but is more modern and on the backpacker map. You won't get your bike in Casa Viena.

Santa Marta, loads of places on Calle 11, but I prefer Taganga, the fishing village 5 minutes round the coast. My friends run a great hostel, Moramar, which is in fact where my bike is now - so definitely v.biker friendly! You'll get a great little room for less than COP20,000 and probably for COP16,000 - book ahead. The best alternative is Felipe's which is further up the hill and the main backpacker hang out. You will have to share a room and book ahead.

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Originally Posted by Giacomo Olcese View Post
Hi, I'm planning a trip from Peru to the Colombian coast, looking for cheap hostels in the Santa Marta and Cartagena areas... I have found some in other cities but no luck on these two so far, any advice is appreciated,
Hi Giacomo, just let me know when you arive, cell phone 3126236586, you can stay at home near Cartagena (20kms) 'n wellcome to Colombia!!
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Hi Fernando,
We are 2 crazy Polish travelling on motorbike south from Santa Marta and need 1 or 2 nights camp place near Cartagena and a safe parking for the bike.
Would you have some spare room for us?
Alicja and Stefan
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