View of a few spires in the walled city of Cartagena
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I spent my last day in Cartagena fishing with Ecotours Boquilla. Ecotours Boquilla offers a variety of tours, but I thought the fishing tour on a kayak in the mangroves from 7am to 1pm would be the most fun. I have kayaked in the mangroves and I have fished, but I haven’t put the two together. Continue reading “Fishing in Boquilla’s Mangroves”
Things to do Outside the Walled City of Cartagena
Getsemaní, a neighborhood outside the walled city, once a poor area is now a hip place to visit. I accidentally found a B&B in this area, and it turned out to be conveniently located for visiting both the walled city and the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas.
At times, specifically during the heat of the day, the 15 minute walk seemed just a touch long for a short rest in the A/C, but otherwise, the nightlife, restaurants, and eclectic feel was enjoyable. While I enjoyed the walled city, I found myself spend a lot of time outside of it as well. Continue reading “Things to do Outside the Walled City of Cartagena, Colombia”
Walking the Streets of Cartagena
I had just a few days in Cartagena and wanted to make the most of it. As such, I walked about every square inch of the Walled City along with most of GetsemanÍ in order take in the culture and history of the city. I tried visiting virtually every plaza and along the way enjoyed window shopping, people watching, dining, and seeing what the vendors had for sale.
The History of Cartagena
Cartagena, founded in 1533 by Pedro de Heredia, is named after Cartagena, Spain. Strategically located between the Magdalena and Sinú Rivers on Colombia’s northeastern, Caribbean coast, the city became a very important trade port for Spain. During the colonial era (1533-1717), the port was used to export Peruvian silver and to import African slaves. Continue reading “The Plazas of Cartagena’s Walled City”
8 Things to Do in San Andrés, Colombia
- Go Diving
- Try a coconut water
- Rent a shade at Spratt Bight
- Stroll Calle 1
- Rent a golf cart to drive around the island
- Visit the botanical gardens
- Stroll the boardwalk in San Francisco
Continue reading “8 Things to Do in San Andres, Colombia”
The Tourist and Local Places to Eat in San Andrés
So I tried some of the tourist places first and then migrated off the main drag to dine with the locals. I found the food was just as good if not better at the local restaurants. In addition, the portions were larger for a half or a third of the price! Continue reading “Best Places to Eat in San Andres, Colombia”