Cartagena was a bonus prize tacked on to the end of our stay at The best located hostel in the world. We only had one full day there to explore and prepare for an impending boat trip, but we managed to explore the old town thoroughly. It was beautiful.
We took a walking tour, but it was more about restaurant recommendations than giving us a history lesson unfortunately. Cartagena has a fairly typical history for the area; founded by the Spanish in the 1500s, was a major trading port for the gold and silver industries, survived attack attempts from the British and Americans and became independent in the 1800s.
Here are some snaps:
Love these colourful houses.
The old town is surrounded by an imposing city wall, kind of like Dubrovnik.
Our last stop for Colombia.