A Visit to La Quinta de San Pedro de Alejandrino, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

A Visit to La Quinta de San Pedro de Alejandrino, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

La Quinta de San Pedro de Alejandrino is famous for being the place of death of Simon Bolivar. Inside the compound is a hacienda, an art museum, and a botanical garden.

Simon Bolivar was a key player in the liberation of South America from the Spanish Empire. He died in La Quinta de San Pedro de Alejandro (Quinta of Saint Peter of Alexandria) on the 17th of December, 1830. At that time the Quinta (or hacienda) produced honey, rum, and panela (cane sugar). Nowadays it is a tourist attraction.

Cost(s): 19,000COP for a foreigner adult.

Address: Av. del Libertador – Sector San Pedro Alejandrino, Santa Marta, Magdalena. MuseoBolivariano.org.co.

La Quinta de San Pedro de Alejandrino

I’ve been in Santa Marta for a few weeks now and other than town and Taganga (where I live) I haven’t seen much. To make I sure I don’t run out of time here sitting in front of my computer, I made a list of things to do. I’ve promised myself to cross at least two things off a week. I decided to start close to home with a visit to La Quinta de San Pedro de Alejandrino.

I didn’t find anything spectacular in La Quinta de San Pedro de Alejandrino, but it was enough to please me.

The thing that encouraged me to go there in the first place was the botanical garden. Right next to the entry is the cactus section.

1 La Quinta de San Pedro de Alejandrino, Cactus

It was quite a short circular path but nice all the same. After exiting that, there is the palms display.

2 La Quinta de San Pedro de Alejandrino, Palms

And beyond that the Plaza del Banderas (Plaza of the flags). The majority of visitors to La Quinta de San Pedro de Alejandrino during the week seem to be school groups. While I was there I saw one high school group and then these smaller children.

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3 La Quinta de San Pedro de Alejandrino, Plaza de Banderas

At the other end of the Plaza del Banderas is the monument to the liberator, Simon Bolivar. Inside is a statue of him.

4 La Quinta de San Pedro de Alejandrino, Monument al Libertador

Next, I came across the Museum of Modern Art. I’ve started to enjoy modern art more since I’ve been in Colombia. There are a couple of small indoor exhibits and also some sculptures around the outside. Many museums in Colombia have little courtyards around the place.

5 La Quinta de San Pedro de Alejandrino, Museo de Arte Moderno

I thought the botanical garden was only the cactuses and palms, but there was more on the other side of the museum. It was nice for a walk around. There are lot’s of birds chirping and some little lizards running around. I did see one big lizard and a couple of larger birds.

6 La Quinta de San Pedro de Alejandrino, Botanical Garden

Finally, I had circled around to the hacienda. It’s made up of several buildings and has some signs saying what they were for. Storing panela, making rum, etc.

7 La Quinta de San Pedro de Alejandrino, Hacienda

I spent about an hour in total inside La Quinta de San Pedro de Alejandrino. I could have spent longer chilling in the gardens or looking at art but I was getting hungry.

Getting to La Quinta de San Pedro de Alejandrino

I took a bus from Taganga straight there. There’s only one bus leaving Taganga so you can’t go wrong. Get off at Buena Vista shopping complex and then walk over the roundabout to the entrance.

The bus from Taganga took one hour and cost 1,600COP. It will be 1,700COP on Sundays and holidays.

If boarding from the city center, catch any bus towards Mamatoco from along the coast road (Carrera 1c).

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Comments ( 10 )
  1. Nicky
    October 6, 2017 at 06:48
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    What a great write up of your adventure! Well done for getting things ticked off your list too. This is definitely on my list of destinations to visit – thanks for sharing!

  2. C.TdeF
    October 6, 2017 at 12:57
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    Looks like you had a nice trip! Lovely pictures!
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  3. Ophelia T
    October 6, 2017 at 20:44
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    This place sounds amazing and looks beautiful. I would love to visit it. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Ana
    October 6, 2017 at 21:28
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    Thank you for letting me live vicariously through you from your trip to Columbia – it is on my travel bucket list as well. Love your pictures and first-hand experience of the region. Thanks for Sharing!
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  5. Sarah Camille
    October 8, 2017 at 07:14
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    What an awesome trip! I would love to go to Columbia and this part of south america in general. The history of that area is so interesting to me.

    • Bertahan Luxing
      October 10, 2017 at 17:14
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      Yes, Colombia does have a very interesting history. If you are interested in the history of the coast, in particular, I recommend visiting Cartagena.
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