Why (Santa Marta) Colombia?
The Del Mar a la Cima Marathon takes place on the highest coastal mountain on the planet. Santa Marta is popularly known as Cartagena’s sleepy cousin and the gateway to Tayrona National park, a vast jungle preserve sheltering more than 300 species of birds that stretches along miles of mostly deserted beaches. It’s unreachable by car; you can only get there by foot or horseback. Considered one of the most biodiverse spots on the planet, egrets, flamingos and crocodiles wander the wetlands and beaches, while cotton-top tamarins swing from the twisted banyan and palm trees above.
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