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,
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.
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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