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Cartagena, Colombia

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Cartagena de Indias was once a rich port on the silver and gold trade route with a hoard of treasure protected from pirates by the city’s extensive fortifications, supposedly the best in South America. Despite these efforts the city was still attacked and overrun repeatedly, Francis Drake was one of the harshest invaders, burning large portions of the city. Rebuilt and further fortified over the years the defences are now what the city is best known for. The fortifications are part off set by the scenic bay the city was built on. The city itself is divided into three zones, San Pedro where the cathedral and municipal buildings were built, San Diego where the middle class residences were built and Getsemani where the rest of the people lived. The walled old town is one of the local highlights, looking everything the Spanish colonial port settlement, as is The Inquisition Palace, deserted in 1811 when the city declared independence but retaining al its colonial features. The best …

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“My first 24 hours in Cartagena”

To experience the charm of the old, walled Cartagena, one simply needs to walk the streets, admiring the Colonial architecture while mixing with the locals, and maybe munching on some fresh fruit. I left the hostel around 9 AM, passing a bar I remember … Read more...

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