"Emeralds!" Cartagena Tourist Trap Tip by crazyman2

Cartagena Tourist Traps: 23 reviews and 8 photos

We were on a full day excursion from the ship 'Island Princess' and towards the end of the day we were taken, in our coach, to an up-market area of the city. As we climbed off the 'bus we were herded into a shop to buy emeralds. No choice was given by our guide: we had to go in. We went in and immediately informed one of the assistants that we didn't wish to emeralds. She seemed surprised. We left and wandered around the other shops ---a mixture of jewellers and jewellers! To be fair, there were a few craft stalls on the pavement. It was such a wast of forty minutes. Why hadn't we spent longer at another place? Okay, the itinerary had mentioned a stop to buy emeralds ---but so much time!
Above the shops was another shop we sells great quality coffee to drink or in packets to take home. The ice-cream there was great.

Unique Suggestions: Go up the steps to the shops up there.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 24, 2008
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