This Saturday we begin the XVIII Bolivarian Games in the beautiful Colombian city which will host 5,000 athletes from 11 participating countries. Colombia wants to win, especially at home, and hold the crown achieved in Trujillo on 2013, but Chile as much as Venezuela are bringing their best teams and are determined to fight for first place.

Santa Marta is one of the most beautiful places in Colombia. Located on the northern region, their beaches are drenched in Caribbean Sea; making this one of the most visited areas in the region.

With a population under 450,000, they will be adding another 7,000 habitants this entire weekend with the XVIII Bolivarian Games of Santa Marta.

From November 11 to the 25th, the celebration of Bolivarian sports will have 4858 athletes from 11 different countries: Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Guatemala, Panama, Paraguay, Chile, El Salvador and Dominican Republic.

The 50 disciplines and 38 sports of this competition are the following: Track and field, aquatics, archery, badminton, baseball, basketball, handball, boxing, bowling, rafting, cycling, equestrian, fencing, water skiing, soccer, golf, gymastics, judo, karate, weight lifting, wrestling, raquetball, rugby, roller skating, shooting, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, triathlons, softball, squash, sailing and volleyball.

It is worth noting that Santa Marta will not be the only city hosting this event since, logistically, there will be a need to host some of these sporting events in neighboring cities. In Cali, they will host the following: cycling, golf, bowling and shooting and, in Bogota, they will host: Equestrian and water skiing.

The last winner of these Games was Colombia, the organizing country. In 2013 in Trujillo, Peru, the coffee capital took most of the gold medals home; 166, to be exact, 135 silver medals and 113 bronze for a grand total of 414 medals.

But Colombia will have to face some challenging teams. Venezuela, Chile and Ecuador reached the shores of the beautiful city with nothing but a great array of world champions ready to compete for the gold.

The sporting events will commence this Saturday with the gymnastics. This one has confirmed the attendance of the number one of world ranking in parallel bars, the Colombian Jossimar Calvo.

The commencement ceremony will be this Saturday at 18:30 local time and will put on a culturally artistic show which will demonstrate the traditions and culture of Colombia.