"Carribbean's most precious" Cartagena by Assenczo

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Cartagena was a legend and many people including the notorious Sir Francis Drake craved to have a piece of it. Nowadays the city still has its charms carefully looked after by the new Colombia and its dawning emphasis on luring more tourists. Most of the old city is propped up, painted and decorated. Many gorgeous colonial houses have been turned into hotels and the walls still surround most of its upmarket areas. There is the poorer side of town where the investor’s money has not reached for whatever reasons but this is rather an advantage for the foreigner who could have a very visual example of how it used to be in the olden days. What makes Cartagena even more desirable is the fact that despite its tourist inclinations it does not feel overrun by the trade. Some odd cruise ship would dump the regular batch of couch potatoes from time to time but their numbers are so insignificant that they are diluted immediately in the torrent of everyday hustle and bustle. Most of the visitors are Colombian and this gives the whole atmosphere very local dimension. So, pack up your bags and investigate before the masses have flooded the gates.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Spanish colonial heritage preserved and cared for
  • Cons:Touts wanting to be part of the tourism industry
  • In a nutshell:Running neck and neck with Havana for the #1 spot in the Carribbean
  • Last visit to Cartagena: Dec 2010
  • Intro Updated Jan 23, 2011
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  • xaver's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    great page and tips, particulary appreciated the Botero and Marquez ones

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2012 at 8:08 AM

    Thanks for your tips, especially about the fishy urgency....


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