Important recommendation on the "pink sea"
: The time to carry out this ecotourism plan in Galerazamba is from December to April. Then, the pink tonality begins to fall until it becomes crystalline
. However, in any month you can enjoy this great complex of salt exploitation, while you have the privilege of knowing the physical-chemical process, its history, crystallization process, as well as its uses and commercialization.
There is a place 44 km northwest of Cartagena de Indias, a stage of an amazing visual show, known as the "Pink Sea". Punctually Galerazamba, an attractive village of the municipality of Santa Catalina-Bolivar, is the privileged place of this natural phenomenon that looks like another world, attracting hundreds of tourists.
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In this colorful spectacle, the color is produced by microorganisms that are found in water saturated with salt. When arriving, it gives the sensation of being dreaming, but when observing closely we realize that in this beautiful reality the sunsets are wonderful and stunning, where the pink tones are intense and wonderful. It is a setting of memorable photographs and ideal for breathing fresh air.
The salt mines are located within the village, and the exploitation of the current salt harvest will be carried out by the same community, with the support of the Government of Bolívar.
The walk to the "Pink Sea" and the exploitation of salt is not everything. The experience becomes more attractive if we pass through other tourist attractions of Galerazamba. Submerge in the mud volcano with mineral properties; learn about the life of India Catalina in the central park; visit the Ethno-industrial Museum, that preserves ancestral arts and beliefs; enjoy a delicious typical dish in a pleasant place with beautiful views of the lighthouse and the virgin beaches -ideal for water sports-, while we admire folkloric presentations and move our shoulders to the beat of the drums. These are other benefits offered by this fantastic destination.
The natives, as well as the local and departmental authorities, hand in hand with Icultur and the Tourism Promotion Corporation of Santa Catalina de Alejandría, are betting on the potentialization of all the attractions of this town with a relevant tourism project. For this and many reasons, Galerazamba is a place to marvel at its natural and cultural charms.Data of interest:
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- Hours of operation: Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Weekends and holidays: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Parking value: 2.000 COP per car.
- Mandatory guide value: 5.000 COP per person (direct payment to the guide).
- Maximum allowed duration: 1 hour.
- For admission it is necessary to be accompanied by a tourist counselor authorized by the salt mines.
- Respect the regulations exposed by the guides.
- It is not allowed to go into the deposits, ponds or salt crystallizers.
Where to stay in Galerazamba?
- In a private car along the Via al Mar in the Cartagena-Barranquilla direction, paying the Arahuaco toll.
- From the Transport Terminal where you take a bus that transits the La Cordialidad highway.
- There is also the Galerazamba-Cartagena route, which reaches Santa Catalina.
- Hiring a tourist counselor authorized by the salt mines or a tourist agency such as Magia Naranja, Monarco, Gematours and BackPackers, among others, in which you find different prices.
The village has two hostels where people can spend the night. You are also welcome to stay with a native family.
What is the typical food in Galerazamba?
Fried fish with salad, patacones, black coconut rice, and fish soup. Also, the traditional fried delicacies such as the “arepa e’ huevo” and the “carimañolas.”