Colombian football fans and the residents in Santa Marta celebrated as Santa Marta was selected to host the 2017 Bolivarian Games having been decided by a unanimous vote of the Bolivarian Sports Organization.
The choice of Santa Marta is of particular significance, as it plays a significant role in the history of Latin American countries, as in the Quinta de San Alejandrino, in that city on the Caribbean coast, spent his last days the Venezuelan independence hero Simon Bolivar, who died on December 17, 1830, which surrenders permanent tribute.
Organizers allocated a budget of $ 170 million to renovate facilities many of which are around 50 years old and will serve as the backdrop for the event and all the extra infrastructure required for a project of this nature. These include the building of a new stadium and Villa Bolivariana, conceived as a center of urban development.
Although the capital will be the main venue, the XVIII Games will have two subsites, Aracataca mad famous by the Nobel winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the town of Cienaga will also participate.
A third location is the city of Barranquilla, capital of the department of the Atlantic, where sports such as golf, horse riding, shooting and track cycling will be held.
It sounds like a scene from a movie or an attempt to cause a distraction while a person escapes as people who were at the beach today along Rodadero witnessed a man throwing handfuls of money from a balcony.
Locals, tourists and even swimmers headed to the street close to the building where they joined the street vendors chasing money “raining from the sky.
The man who was described as eccentric later left the building, headed to the street and paid for a small band to play music.
This kind of thing does not happen regularly in Colombia but it is not the first time that someone has for no apparent reason thrown money from a balcony on to the streets below.
From this Thursday, Santa Marta is the party capital of Magdalena, as the city celebrates the Carnaval del Mar from Thursday for 5 days, officially starts the 53rd Mar Festival, which this year brings a renewed program for both locals as well as tourists – we hope you enjoy the activities.
Pico and Placa in the historic center of the city of Santa Marta is to be suspended temporarily from June 24 until July 19.
The decision was made to make the city more tourist friendly during this busy holiday period. For foreign visitors particularly “pico y placa” can cause problems and whether it is through ignorance, confusion or lack of caring every year visitors are fined for breach of the regulations. The temporary suspension of the measure, is intended to give to those who visit the city at this time of holidays and Fiestas del Mar, a pleasant and happy experience without any problems.
On previous occasions, to such date, there have been several conflicts with tourists and foreigners, which ignore the rules as throughout the year in this capital, they are punished.
For this reason, the District Administration has studied the possibility to suspend the rule and thus generate a good atmosphere, suitable for visitors and tourists, which these days come, feel comfortable and stay remained unaffected while rest and enjoy the holidays.
The suspension does not apply to commercial vehicles.
The District Administration is also studying the possibility of allowing vehicles to park on any street in the historic center of the city, where signs now prohibiting parking. Parking would be allowed during fixed hours are from 12 noon to 2 pm and 6 pm to 7 and 30 am. This measure will be ongoing until December of this year, if approved.
By signing the decree of brotherhood between the two cities the mayors of the two cities have demonstrated the strong bonds between the Atlantic region of Colombia and the city of Miami and shows the city’s confidence, security in the small city of Santa Marta.
Such an agreement will no doubt boost tourism and the possibility of more Americans coming to Santa Marta and possibly see more investment in the region.
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