Camping at the Santa Marta viewpoint

Camping at the Santa Marta viewpoint

Prepping for the hike was fairly straightforward. It was a matter of packing up the tent, a flashlight, grabbing supplies, and a few dinner sandwiches. The hike to the top was not all that difficult however there were times that the added weight of the tent and the backpack were apparent.

After about 40 minutes of hiking, we reached the top. We set up the tent, ate our sandwiches, and popped open a few beers as the sun set on the distant Caribbean sea. The colors were gradients of pastel yellow, orange, and red which slowly transformed into various blues and then black.

We set up the tent, ate the sandwiches, and popped open a few beers as the sun set on the distant Caribbean sea.

Santa Marta sunrise from Santa Marta Viewpoint at Finca Carpe Diem

As the light from the sun slowly faded, it was replaced with a shimmering blanket of street lamps and house lights from Santa Marta. There was a warm night breeze washing over the hills complementing the atmosphere of relaxation.

 

The night drew to a close and the city of Santa Marta seemed to expand a lot further than we expected. We sat outside for a little while longer and then jumped into our tent and fell asleep.

The next morning was very lively as the sun peeked over the mountains opposite Santa Marta. We gathered our garbage, dismantled our tent, and started back down to Finca Carpe Diem where we recounted our magical night with fellow travellers over a wonderful breakfast.

As the light from the sun slowly faded, it was replaced with a shimmering blanket of street lamps

Tent and Santa Marta in the early morning atop the Santa Marta viewpoint

Tent and mountains during sunrise at the Santa Marta viewpoint

Mountains sunrise from Santa Marta Viewpoint at Finca Carpe Diem

Mountains sunrise from Santa Marta Viewpoint at Finca Carpe Diem


The Santa Marta viewpoint isn’t only for camping, in fact it’s a great place to make day hikes as well as sunset and night hikes. Remember to bring a flashlight, some water and a sense of exploration! You can read more about the Santa Marta viewpoint below:

Santa Marta View Point

Rooms

$ 50.000 - $ 60.000 COP

Riverside tent

A spacious brand new tent with two compartiments (one for luggage 1 x 1 mts; one for sleeping 2,3 x 2,3 mts) next to the river under the mango trees. Spacious, nice and calm atmosphere. Not far from the swimming pools and main facilities.

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$ 35.000 - $ 40.000 COP

Downstair 8-bed Dorm

Nice brand new dorm (2017) for 8 people. This dorm is made out of natural materials from Carpe Diem’s forests, such as guadua (bamboo) and palm leafs. The bathrooms and showers are only a few meters away. Comes with a small terrace.

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$ 40.000 - $ 50.000 COP

Mirador 8-bed Dorm

Brand new 8-bed dorm besides a small swimming pool and spectacular mountain view. Air conditioning, first quality mattresses and mosquito nets. Located 100 mts from the reception following a beautiful stonen path. Not suitable for disabled people or children.

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