Cartagena Clock TowerCartagena de Indias, the official name of Colombia’s colonial city on the Caribbean, is a world away from the larger cities of Bogotá and Medellín. The feel here is hot and tropical with a greater mix of ethnic groups and a large amount of tourists (cruises stop here on Caribbean routes). The walled city is the place to see with cobblestoned streets, horse-drawn carriages, and small shops and restaurants. Outside of the walled city, Bocagrande is Colombia’s answer to Miami Beach with larger hotels and the beach. Another highlight in Cartagena is Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, the stone fort built between 1536 and 1763 that protected Colombia from sea raiders.

Photos of Cartagena

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I've been fascinated by world cultures all my life. I tried to teach myself Spanish at age 9, but that didn't work so well. I voraciously read books on all areas of the world as a teenager. I grew up to study languages and cultures in college, and have travelled in over 70 countries on 6 continents exploring what is unique and essential to each culture.
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