Carlos Valderrama Statue Tours

Former Colombian football player Carlos Valderrama is known for his athletic ability and his outgoing personality, and this 22-foot-tall bronze statue of him in his hometown conveys both qualities. He is known as “El Pibe” or “the kid” and for his blond curly head of hair. His distinct personality has made him one of the most recognizable figures in football worldwide. Part of the Colombian national team in the 1990s, he represented Colombia in several international tournaments and became known for his skills in passing and accuracy in assisting. He is one of few foreign players who joined Major League Soccer in the United States.

His statue is the work of Colombian artist Amilkar Ariza, standing tall outside the Estadio Eduardo Santos in Santa Marta. It was erected in 2006 in honor of his contributions to Colombian national sports.

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The Carlos Valderrama Statue lies in front of the Estadio Eduardo Santos on Avenue Liberatador and Carrera 19, less than 2 kilometers from the center of Santa Marta.
Address: Avenue Liberatador and Carrera 19, Santa Marta, Columbia, Colombia
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Santa Marta Sightseeing Tour

Set out on a half-day sightseeing tour of lovely Santa Marta. This city tour takes place aboard a coach bus and includes stops at some of Santa Marta's top sights and attractions. Enjoy a guided tour of La Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and its gardens, see monuments to famous Colombians like soccer player Carlos Valderrama, and enjoy a trip outside the city to Taganga, a fishing village with a prime costal location. Along the way you'll learn some local history, including the story of former Colombian leader Simón Bolívar. 
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours

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