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|The alluring city of Santa
Marta is located on Colombia's northeastern coast. Affectionately named
'the pearl of the Colombian Caribbean,' Santa Marta's backdrop is one blessed
by gorgeous natural scenery, a powerful draw to travellers.
Key to preserving the area's
beauty for future generations is a strong environmental conscience, like
the one exhibited by Las Pleyades, a local tourism company operating in
the region since 2008 and setting green trends with its eco-conscious transfer
and ground transportation services on the Colombian coast. Now, Las Pleyades
is bringing its local efforts to a larger market by partnering with Green
Path Transfers, a new global environmentally friendly transfer service.
A Natural Transition
When Las Pleyades first
got started, its main aim was to provide access to accommodations and tours
in Santa Marta. According to Fabiola Duerig, the company's co-founder,
the decision to provide transfers as well came naturally, in response to
customer interest and desires.
Initially this was in the
form of complimentary taxi rides; however, as demand increased over time,
a key business opportunity was revealed.
|Joining forces with Green
Path Transfers was the next logical step for Las Pleyades: a chance to
formalise its approach. "We became a Green Path Transfers partner because
we realised that transportation would become one of our new core businesses,"
At present, Las Pleyades'
transfer services cover the entire Caribbean coast of Colombia, including
travel between the main coastal cities of Santa Marta, Barranquilla, Cartegena,
Buritaca, Palomino, Riohacha and La Guajira. The trips most frequently
requested run from Santa Marta to Cartagena or Tayrona National Park.
A Local Travel Experience
Las Pleyades-operated transfers
add to the well-rounded experience the company provides to travellers.
Their two bilingual drivers often even serve as tour guides; they help
in purchasing local goods or groceries and showing visitors around, in
addition to offering lifts to hotels, guesthouses or fincas (country estates
or ranches), so no one gets lost.
|In a country with Colombia's
reputation, this level of attention promotes a vital element of security.
"Although security in Colombia, and even more in Santa Marta, is now much
better, we are still in Colombia and tourists have to be careful with whom
they interact," Duerig said. "So this transportation guarantees safety
from the beginning for people who don't like risks."
Drawing attention to the
value and importance of sustainable travel is a fundamental goal for this
Santa Marta transfer and tourism company. By offering green alternative
transport, the team at Las Playedes inspires travellers to think about
how they can help preserve the planet.
Las Pleyades' fleet of vehicles
includes four taxis, 10 14-passenger vans and a chiva (wooden traditional
Colombian open bus) with 40 seats. All vehicles use compressed natural
gas instead of normal gasoline whenever travelling in urban areas, and
whenever possible and accessible in rural areas as well.
|"Here in Santa Marta, the
taxis work with natural gas - so it is cheaper, environmentally more responsible
and the taxi driver spends less, so he gains more," commented Duerig. "For
us it is important that local people like to work with us and deliver the
best possible service."
For responsible travellers,
ecotourists and adventure seekers, Duerig recommends two nearby must-see
natural paradises, both easily reached by vehicle.
Tayrona National Park, a
natural reserve of 60 square kilometres is a wonderland for birdwatchers
and site of some of the best beaches in the world.
It is located 40 minutes
east of Santa Marta. Minca, a small village in the Sierra Nevada
mountains, sits in a coffee-producing region and provides a tranquil escape
for birdwatching, waterfall exploration and relaxation in a lush environment.
|Green Partnerships: Las
adds to the growing number of local partners that have joined ranks with
Green Path Transfers. The Santa Marta-based company looks forward to expanding
the reach of its responsible-transportation business to travellers from
all over the world and learning lessons from other Green Path Transfers
partners. "I hope that we may expand this business as soon as possible
and represent Green Path Transfers in Colombia as its first environmentally
conscious ground transportation company," said Duerig. "I hope for mutual
learning between us and the other Green Path Transfers partners." To learn
more about Green Path Transfers and how to be part of carbon-neutral travel
arrangements that emphasise green technology in a growing number of destinations
around the globe, visit http://www.GreenPathTransfers.com.
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HOTELS IN SANTA MARTA, COLOMBIA
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Santamar Hotel & Centro de Convenciones, Santa Marta
beachfront hotel is situated just 10 minutesí drive from Santa Marta city
centre. It offers free Wi-Fi, an outdoor swimming pool and sun loungers
on the beach. Guests can reach Simon Bolivar Airport with an 8 km drive.
Tayrona National Park is 5 km from Estelar Santamar Hotel. Daily buffet
breakfast is served at Estelar Santamar Hotelís restaurant. Light meals
and drinks are offered at Beach Grill. Guests can relax in Estelar Santamar
Hotelís jacuzzi or schedule a massage treatment. Recreation options include
tennis and beach volleyball and football matches. An on-site tour desk
is also available.
Arhuaco, Santa Marta
Arhuaco is a small business center with comfortable accommodations, just
two blocks front the beach, where outstanding hospitality, gourmet cuisine,
tropical climate and pure air guarantee a one-of-a-kind experience. Located
on the outskirts of Santa Marta and the Tyrone Park, Hotel Arhuaco is strategically
placed at sea level and at an average temperature of 28 degrees. The Hotel
Arhuaco has been distinguished since its start by being a pleasant and
exceptional place, with a contemporary air.
Hotel and Resort, Santa Marta
from the Bello Horizonte Beach, the Santorini Hotel & Resort offers
3 swimming pools and a spa with body treatments. There is also a fitness
centre with personal trainers. Santorini Hotel is only a 5-minute drive
from the Simon Bolivar Airport, offering a free airport shuttle service.
Santa Martaís historic centre is 10 km away. Free private parking is possible
on site. The resortís restaurant serves a light menu of burgers, panninis
and salads. Oriental music can be enjoyed in the romantic Alhambra Bar,
while sushi and cocktails are offered next to the infinity pool.
Hotel Boutique, Santa Marta
a palm-framed outdoor pool and a beauty salon, this boutique hotel is within
walking distance of the Caribbean Sea. Its restaurant serves sushi and
traditional grilled dishes. Nestled between the sea and the Sierra Nevada
de Santa Marta, Santorini Hotel Boutique is situated in Pozo Colorado neighbourhood.
Simon Bolivar Airport is 2.8 km away, and a free shuttle service is provided.
Guests at Santorini can relax on the wooden sun loungers on the poolside,
or enjoy a range of beauty treatments. Coffee and cocoa face masks, aromatherapy
and scrubs are available. Grilled meat and seafood dishes can be
tasted at the restaurant, while the on-site bar offers refreshing cocktails.