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Colombias jewel at the Caribbean coast

Cartagena is one of the most beautiful cities of South-America. Its location on a peninsula at a large bay of the Caribbean Sea has made it a perfect spot for a harbour-city. It was founded in 1533 by the Spaniards and quickly became a major trade-center for the Spanish fleet. Because of its richness the city was also a target of pirates and has been attacked by the English Navy. To protect it from this attacks the Spaniards built powerful fortresses and ramparts which made the city impregnable.

A lot of the colonial buildings still remain and have been restored in recent years after the UNESCO declared the whole old town of Cartagena as a world heritage site. Walking through the streets of this city gives you a good impression of the architecture of the colonial time.

Today Cartagena is a modern city with almost one million inhabitants. It’s port is the most important of Colombia and trades mainly oil, coffee and platinum. It could be a major tourist destination but unfortunately this branch suffers from Colombias bad reputation as one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Cartagena however (and especially its colonial quarter) is considered to be a safe place, because a lot of police is present to prevent crimes.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Completly restored colonial city
  • Cons:Not the safest place on this planet
  • In a nutshell:A must for fans of the history of spanish colonialism
  • Last visit to Cartagena: Jan 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • tratoria's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Bernd, Nice pic. I love it.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Bernd, it was great to read your story about Cartagena!~ Vielen Dank!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Nov 25, 2008 at 4:50 AM

    Great page!

  • Sininen's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2007 at 2:02 AM

    I want to go there! Great page of Cartagena!

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2006 at 3:41 AM

    Old town in Cartagena looks lovely! I'm really looking forward to go there next year!

  • mazzap's Profile Photo
    Jul 11, 2006 at 10:56 AM

    What a fabulous looking place! Such lovely buildings too - thanks for sharing, Marion.

  • alza's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2006 at 9:10 PM

    This is really a beautiful city! I wish I had photos as good as yours :) I was so relaxed there, I didn't take enough pics :(

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    Mar 17, 2006 at 8:58 AM


  • Feb 4, 2006 at 1:26 PM

    I was in Cartagena last November and called up Clarence. He was very friendly and informative. Honest too! I had left some souvenirs in his taxi when I finished my city tour with him. Clarence dropped them off at my hotel the next morning.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    May 5, 2005 at 10:24 AM

    Oh, ich hab fast verpaßt, daß Ihr in Colombia wart - Cartagena - seufz, das wäre es auch fast geworden. Wunderschöne Bilder - Ihr hattet bestimmt eine tolle Zeit da :-)))


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