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  • Michael Goldsberry

    I was robbed on the beach in Santa Marta last week. The problem is not the Colombians. It is the millions of Venezuela refugees. They robbed me for 4000 pesos. 1.25.
    Stop lying to these people. Colombia is in the middle of an immigration crisis. If you learned anything from the current US immigration crisis, you learned it is never good to be in the country that everyone is flocking to. That would be Colombia now. If you wish to be treated like a mark, or a walking dollar bill, go to Colombia. If you wish to be viewed as a human being with a heart, go somewhere else.

    • NomadicJake

      Lol getting robbed for $1.25 is a pretty fantastic story!

      Santa Marta, along with Cucuta, are two of the cities closest to the Venezuelan border. Thus, it doesn’t surprise me they’re being invaded by Venezuelans.

      That doesn’t mean the whole country is. There are barely any Venezuelans in Cali or the coffee region. There are definitely some in Bogota. Medellin seems to be crawling with them. But these cities are so big that it’s not making a huge difference.

      As far as the last part, any tourist city in Latin America will see you as a walking dollar bill. If you want to build relationships and get to know the locals as people, get off the tourist path. That’s just common sense. Santa Marta sees more backpackers than any Colombian city not named Cartagena.

      Go to Cali or Ibague or Pereira. Stop generalizing a whole country on one bad experience in a super touristy place.

      • Michael Goldsberry

        You never asked where I have been. I am ex US military. I have been everywhere in Colombia. I am glad you find being robbed humorous. So do the people there. You are obviously a piece of garbage equivalent to them.
        Nice earrings lady.

        • Michael Goldsberry

          I watched your video. Did they teach proper English without slang and vulgar language in your education system.
          You tell stories of danger and say it is not dangerous.
          Cali is not the most dangerous city. It might be for a slang city boy who believes statistics. Statistics mean nothing!!! This is not sports. This is people’s lives. Laugh all you wish ma’am.

      • Jason Racki

        Unless you’re referring to a different Santa Marta, the one that tourists visit, on the Caribbean coast at at doorstep to Tayrona National Park and Minca, is nowhere near VZ. Santa Marta is actually quite the pleasant city, though the beaches there are nothing to write home about. Head to Tayrona.

        • NomadicJake

          Yeah, I was replying to a guy who left multiple comments and then deleted them.

          Santa Marta is about 4 1/2 hours from the Venezuelan border. Not too far. Outside Cucuta and Bucaramanga, the beach city is the closest major city to Venezuela in Colombia.

          There are a decent amount of Venezuelans in Santa Marta currently, but I agree with your point – Santa Marta is a pleasant city and not dangerous. The beaches aren’t great though.