GUIDE: 206 years ago this week, Colombia won its independence..

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Simon Bolivar

This Wednesday, July 20th, Colombia will be celebrating its Independence Day. On this day, back in 1810, Colombia declared their independence from the Kingdom of Spain. Simon Bolivar is said to have been responsible; he is one of the founding fathers of Colombia. Colombians will be celebrating in many different ways this Wednesday.

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A mural on the Simon Bolivar estate in Santa Marta. Photo: Sis Connors

Usually, there are military parades, family gatherings and events or celebrations around historical monuments. Also on this day, Congress is set, and there is the “Report of the President to Congress,” the equivalent of the State of the Union address in the United States.

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A mural on the Simon Bolivar estate in Santa Marta. Photo: Sis Connors

One way to learn more about Simon Bolivar is to visit “Quinta De San Pedro Alejandrino,” the famous country estate where Bolivar passed away. It is located in Santa Marta, an easy two-hour drive from Barranquilla. There you can find a botanical garden, contemporary art and original rooms, paintings, and artifacts from Simon Bolivar’s last days before his passing.

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On the Simon Bolivar estate in Santa Marta. Photo: Sis Connors

Tours are available daily in both Spanish and English. The estate is open seven days a week and currently opens to the public at 9:00 am (peak season), and the last tour starts at 4:30 pm sharp. The tour guides are informative and may share a few facts that could surprise you. Pictures are allowed but in some parts, like museums, flashes are not.

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