Colourful Cartagena, Colombia

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.

As we wandered the narrow streets I was reminded of New Orleans, Charleston and Paraty, Brazil.Β A pretty delightful mix!

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:

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Love these colourful houses.

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The old town is surrounded by an imposing city wall, kind of like Dubrovnik.

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Peering over the wall

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Bought a cup of mango from this lovely lady

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Playing chess

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The city walls

Our last stop for Colombia.

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7 Responses to Colourful Cartagena, Colombia

  1. Anisa says:

    Great city pics. I love the colors.

    Did you get a chance to go to the beach?

  2. These pictures are wonderful! Columbia is definitely on our traveling bucket list. We may have to consider spending a few days in Cartagena when we go.

  3. Jess Carey says:

    Has to be one of the prettiest cities in the world – I’d absolutely love to visit! Also, the fruit lady, how gorgeous is she?!

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