CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA- Colorful, provocative and always a party.
Founded in the 16th century by the Spanish as one of their port towns, its history is a pirate fairy tale. Its walled old city is the home to beautiful Spanish colonial homes, a melting pot of delicious street food, and that sensual Caribbean vibe.
Our first evening we were collected by our unforgettable, Brayan for SCARLET MACAW TRIPS & COLOMBIA 57. We were dropped off for a quick rest atLUXURY HOTEL BASTION built on a XVI-century colonial house, before we headed to a rum and chocolate tasting at HOTEL SOFITEL LEGEND SANTA CLARA . For those of you who love to spa, I hear this one is a must try, we however didn't get the time to. With plenty of experiences tasting wine, the rum and chocolate tasting was a first time for us. The sweet combination of sugar cane and the bitterness of the dark chocolate (65%-70%) was seriously exquisite. The night ended with a bit of a sugar high, along with sampling the town's street foods of AREPAS, JUGOS, Colombian KIBBEH and a couple of mojitos. There may have been a few CHAMPETA moves as well.
The following day we visited the sites, sounds and tastes of the city with a few classic tourist spots that Brayan insisted we go to. CASTILLO SAN FELIPE DE BARAJAS is one of these. An iconic fortress that sits on the Hill of San Lázaro, it is the strategic structure that was built to protect Cartagena from pirate attacks. We also visited The CONVENT OF SANTA CRUZ DE LA POPA where we had a view of the entire city against its ocean backdrop. The contrast of the old city, modern condos, commercial hotels and the slums, had us contemplating how it all worked. See what a certain slum is doing in order to show travelers an alternative to Cartagena via our post on LA BOQUILLA, day 4 of our trip. If you enjoy discovering unique arts and crafts, Cartagena is definitely a place to add colorful pieces to your collection. Between bags, shoes, hats, and emerald jewellery (in various prices), make sure to have a large suitcase on hand.
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Cartagena is such a vibrant and wild city inside and outside its famous stone walls. Although some may feel unsafe, Cartagena's unwalled markets, tourist attractions and small villages have so much to offer to this captivating city if done with a plan. The most alluring quality of this city besides its aesthetic beauty is its people, always willing to show you a truly good time.
Stay tuned for Day 5 of our Colombian adventure with BLACK TOMATO TRAVEL.
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