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Santa Marta is becoming one of the top spots on the Caribbean coast of Colombia for Colombians and for tourist from all around the world, so naturally, hostels are popping up like never before and offering the very best for their guests to keep up with backpacker’s needs and expectations. We want you to feel welcome, comfortable and in the best of hands when you stay with us, not wanting for anything or feeling like you might be missing out on something. After a tiring journey, we know what backpackers need. A friendly and helpful welcome, a good bed, clean, spacious and trendy rooms, excellent breakfast and of course wi-fi access. Take off your backpack and heavy shoes, put on your flip-flops and come down to our chill-out area where we have a pool and bar – waiting for you to relax and gather more energy for all the fun activities we can help you plan for the next day. Our reception is open for you 24/7 and we are here for any questions you might have about how to spend the next few days in or around this great city. We can make all the arrangements for you, so you don’t have to worry about too many details about getting around. We’re also here to give you some fun ideas in case you’re not sure what to do.

Where we are

We are situated in the colourful heart of Santa Marta, the vibrant city centre only a 3-minute walk to the beach. During the day its small streets are filled with fruit vendors where you can buy a variety of fresh local fruit, visit some of the cafes, and check out the bustling street market. In the evening, the Parque de los Novios park, just around the corner from us, is the gathering point for the locals as well as tourists, offering a number of really good bars, clubs and restaurants. In the early hours of the evening, Calle 19, starting from the park, is a good place to buy souvenirs from some of the local jewellery makers. Spend a couple of nights here to really get a feel for Santa Marta or use it as home base to visit the beautiful attractions around the city, like Minca and Tayrona, just an hour’s bus ride away.

Getting here
From the airport – If you’ve had a long trip we recommend taking a taxi. It’s a 20 minute drive. Ask to be taken to “Centro Histrico”. Our address is Calle 17, 3-70. It should cost you 25 000 COP. You can confirm the price before you drive off to make sure they don’t over-charge you. During holidays, Sundays and after 7 p.m. the taxis usually charge extra, in this case 4000 – 5000 COP more.
From the bus station – it’s either a 15-minute walk or 5 minutes by taxi. This should cost you no more than 5000 COP.

Why Stay at La Villana

Why are we called la Villana, we came up with that name thinking of two different things. 1. The fact that Santa Marta was Villa at one point when the Spanish settled. A place up to 16 houses were called villa. It remained like that long time. Pirates burned down Santa Marta over and over again. So it didn’t grow bigger for a long time. Every inhabitant in that villa was called villana. After that the meaning of Villana change. (The foundation of Santa Marta) 2. The other side of the name is: What we do is related to the fact is that the hostel is a tribute to women with power. Like one room is named after a famous female pirate. A female captain had the courage to sail a ship. La Villana is her. Every room is named after a pirate and she has one of the rooms.

Who we are

Santa Marta is becoming one of the top spots on the Caribbean coast of Colombia for Colombians and for tourist from all around the world, so naturally, hostels are popping up like never before and offering the very best for their guests to keep up with backpacker’s needs and expectations. We want you to feel welcome, comfortable and in the best of hands when you stay with us, not wanting for anything or feeling like you might be missing out on something. After a tiring journey, we know what backpackers need. A friendly and helpful welcome, a good bed, clean, spacious and trendy rooms, excellent breakfast and of course wi-fi access. Take off your backpack and heavy shoes, put on your flip-flops and come down to our chill-out area where we have a pool and bar – waiting for you to relax and gather more energy for all the fun activities we can help you plan for the next day. Our reception is open for you 24/7 and we are here for any questions you might have about how to spend the next few days in or around this great city. We can make all the arrangements for you, so you don’t have to worry about too many details about getting around. We’re also here to give you some fun ideas in case you’re not sure what to do.

Where we are

We are situated in the colourful heart of Santa Marta, the vibrant city centre only a 3-minute walk to the beach. During the day its small streets are filled with fruit vendors where you can buy a variety of fresh local fruit, visit some of the cafes, and check out the bustling street market. In the evening, the Parque de los Novios park, just around the corner from us, is the gathering point for the locals as well as tourists, offering a number of really good bars, clubs and restaurants. In the early hours of the evening, Calle 19, starting from the park, is a good place to buy souvenirs from some of the local jewellery makers. Spend a couple of nights here to really get a feel for Santa Marta or use it as home base to visit the beautiful attractions around the city, like Minca and Tayrona, just an hour’s bus ride away.

Getting here
From the airport – If you’ve had a long trip we recommend taking a taxi. It’s a 20 minute drive. Ask to be taken to “Centro Histrico”. Our address is Calle 17, 3-70. It should cost you 25 000 COP. You can confirm the price before you drive off to make sure they don’t over-charge you. During holidays, Sundays and after 7 p.m. the taxis usually charge extra, in this case 4000 – 5000 COP more.
From the bus station – it’s either a 15-minute walk or 5 minutes by taxi. This should cost you no more than 5000 COP.

Why Stay at La Villana

Why are we called la Villana, we came up with that name thinking of two different things. 1. The fact that Santa Marta was Villa at one point when the Spanish settled. A place up to 16 houses were called villa. It remained like that long time. Pirates burned down Santa Marta over and over again. So it didn’t grow bigger for a long time. Every inhabitant in that villa was called villana. After that the meaning of Villana change. (The foundation of Santa Marta) 2. The other side of the name is: What we do is related to the fact is that the hostel is a tribute to women with power. Like one room is named after a famous female pirate. A female captain had the courage to sail a ship. La Villana is her. Every room is named after a pirate and she has one of the rooms.

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  • Capacity: 2,3, 4 and 6 people

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Enjoy the comfort, large space, history and peace ambiance.

  • Capacity: 2,3, 4 and 6 people

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  • Capacity: 4, 8, and 16 people

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  • Capacity: 4, 8, and 16 people

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Ok so you might have already booked most activities you want to do, good job! here’s a list of tips you could use to fit in, protect yourself at all times, and maybe save a few bucks!, ready?

  1. Getting here:From the airport – If you’ve had a long trip we recommend taking a taxi. You can book it in advance with us for 30. 000 COP. During holidays, Sundays and after 7 p.m. the taxis usually charge extra, in this case 4.000 – 5.000 COP more.
    From the bus station – it’s either a 15-minute walk or 5 minutes by taxi. This should cost you no more than 7.000 COP.
  2. Please abstain from buying, supporting, or sponsoring in any way the illegal trade of wild animals, flora, or cultural treasures from our beautiful place.
  3. Infant Sexual exploitation is a serious crime. We take it very seriously, and that’s why we register all companions, asking for ID, passports, to take copies of them and report registry to migration authorities.
  4. Support local culture, business and environmental friendly activities.
  5. Remember to reuse, reduce and recycle all residues you produce. Take all residues with you when visiting wild places until you can safely dispose of them. Reduce your water and energy consumption, and recycle every time you can.
  6. If you’re coming from Tayrona Park or Sierra Nevada, we strongly suggest to have all your laundry done, since bedbugs are very common. Our cleaning procedures include use of drying machines for all bedding, mattress and pillow covers, periodic preventive pest control, and we want to maintain bedbugs away from our place. That’s why we offer a discount on your laundry, including bags and shoes. Just ask our receptionist!
  7. Santa Marta’s tap water is not safe to drink. Don’t ruin your trip by drinking tap water or beverages made in the street!
  8. If you want to go by bus to Tayrona Park and/or palomino from downtown, you just need to walk to the public market located at Calle 11 and Carrera 9, and take the bus that takes you to EL ZAINO. Cost is around 8.000 COP. Same bus will take you to Palomino. They start leaving at 6am, every half an hour, and the last bus coming from Tayrona is at 5:00pm.
  9. If you’re going to Sierra Nevada (Minca, Lost City), don’t forget to take long sleeve breathable and quick dry shirts and pants, heavy trekking boots – high heel if possible to prevent accidents – take sunscreen, bug spray and remember that the less weight you carry the better. Maybe carry less clothes, more snacks and water. Water is always provided by the tour operator, but snacks are limited to certain hours. Take plastic bags for your wet clothes and trash, but don’t bring too much paper wrapped snacks, complement with high fructose fruits such as apples, pears, a few bananas, to give you the extra energy your body needs. A sombrero will be a treasure during your hike!
  10. Always ask for a discount! Specially if you’re on the street! Local culture indicates if you’re blond or have blue eyes that you must pay more.

Español

Bueno, así que ya reservaste la mayoría de las actividades que deseas hacer, ¡buen trabajo! Aquí hay una lista de consejos que puede usar para encajar, protegerte en todo momento y tal vez ahorrar unos cuantos dólares! ¿Listo?

  1. Por favor, abstenerse de comprar, apoyar o patrocinar de alguna manera el comercio ilegal de animales silvestres, flora o tesoros culturales de nuestro hermoso lugar.
  2. La explotación sexual infantil es un delito grave. Nos lo tomamos muy en serio, y es por eso que registramos a todos los acompañantes, solicitando identificación, pasaportes, para tomar copias de ellos e informar el registro a las autoridades de migración.
  3. Apoyar la cultura local, negocios y actividades amigables con el medio ambiente.
  4. Recuerda reutilizar, reducir y reciclar todos los residuos que produzcas. Lleva todos los residuos contigo cuando visites lugares silvestres hasta que puedas desecharlos de forma segura. Reduce el consumo de agua y energía, y recicla cada vez que puedas.
  5. Si vienes de Parque Tayrona o Sierra Nevada, te recomendamos lavar toda la ropa, ya que los chinches son muy comunes. Nuestros procedimientos de limpieza son muy profundos, incluido el uso de secadoras para todo tipo de ropa de cama, colchones y fundas de almohadas, control preventivo periódico de plagas y queremos mantener a los chinches alejados de nuestro lugar. Es por eso que ofrecemos un descuento en tu ropa, incluyendo bolsos y zapatos. ¡Pregúntale a nuestro recepcionista!
  6. El agua del grifo de Santa Marta no es segura para beber. ¡No arruines tu viaje bebiendo agua del grifo o bebidas hechas en la calle que no te den confianza!
  7. Si deseas ir en autobús al Parque Tayrona y/o Palomino desde el centro de la ciudad, solo tienes que caminar hasta el mercado público ubicado en Calle 11 y Carrera 9 y, si vas a Cabo San Juan, toma el autobús que te lleve a EL ZAINO. Esa es tu parada. El costo es de alrededor de 8,000 COP cada uno. El mismo autobús va a Palomino. Las rutas comienzan a partir a las 6 a.m., cada media hora, y el último autobús que viene de Tayrona es a las 5:00 p.m.
  8. Si vas a Sierra Nevada (Minca, Ciudad Perdida), no te olvides de llevar camisas y pantalones transpirables y de secado rápido, botas de trekking – caña alta si es posible para evitar accidentes – ponerte protector solar, repelente de insectos y recordar que cuanto menos peso lleves, mejor. Talvez lleva menos ropa (no te preocupes, todos van a volver oliendo igual), más bocadillos y agua. El operador turístico siempre proporciona agua, pero los refrigerios están limitados a ciertas horas. Lleva bolsas de plástico para la ropa mojada y la basura, pero no lleves demasiados refrigerios envueltos en papel, complementa con frutas con alto contenido de fructosa, como manzanas, peras y algunas bananas, para darle la energía extra que tu cuerpo necesita. ¡Un sombrero será un tesoro durante tu caminata!
  9. ¡Siempre pide un descuento! ¡Especialmente si estás en la calle! La cultura local indica que si eres rubio o tienes los ojos azules, tienes dinero, solo rompe el hielo diciendo con una sonrisa en tu rostro y una actitud genial “echeee eso esta muy caro, bajale”
  10. Si encuentras carros de jugo en la calle, confiables, siempre extiende tu vaso vacío para obtener una “ñapa” (un poco más). No olvides la sonrisa.

Contact

Calle 17 No. 3 – 70, Centro Historico – Santa Marta- Magdalena – Colombia
Phone + ( 57) 5 420 85 74 | Movil + ( 57) 311 420 85 74
Mail info@lavillana.co

Calle 17 No. 3 – 70, Centro Historico
Santa Marta
Magdalena – Colombia

Phone + (57) 542 095 66
Movil + (57) 350 821 4939
Mail hello@lavillana.co

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