Cartagena - Colombia

colonial street
Beautiful Colonial street
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Aaahhh. Cartagena

Colour, colour everywhere. Beautiful Colonial buildings painted every shade of adobe, terracotta, mustard, yellow and pink with white balustrading. Balconies overflowing with bougainvillea cascading to street level with flowers of every color imaginable. In 1984, Cartagena's colonial walled city and fortress were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With northern beaches on the Carribbean, and western beaches facing the Pacific ocean, Colombia is truly paradise.(Travel Projects)

cartegena bay with fort
Cartegena Bay with fort
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The Drug days are gone

One of the great tragedies is that in recent years Cartagena was overrun by drug lords, and became far too dangerous to visit. Armed guards stood outside every jewelery shop and expensive store. The drug days are now gone, Cartagena has turned its life around, and is surely about to become once again one of the truly great places in the world to visit.

club de pesca restaurant
Club de Pesca Restaurant

Abundance of Seafood - Exotic Fruit

Eat at renowned Club de Pesca by the waterfront and be cooled by a gentle Caribbean breeze. Gaze at boats in the marina beside the ancient fortress, or eat at any of the cafes and restaurants which have sprung up all over the city. The food is brilliant and reflects the abundance of seafood and tropical fruits which abound in this exotic city.


Travel Tips

The fruit sellers
(Adventure World)

The ladies (Vendedora de Frutas) look wonderful in their colourful dresses carrying baskets of fruit on their heads, but they do like to be paid to have their photograph taken.

If you refuse to pay they are very adept at putting their hands out in front of their faces just as you click your camera, but pay and they will happily give you a cheeky pose with fruit basket perched on head. It is well worth the money to get that photo. The people in this country are still quite poor, and this is a good way for them to earn cash. The money you pay may well feed their family for a week.

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