La Cuidad Amurallada (The walled City) is the fifth largest city of Colombia and its known to be the most romantic. It was declared a World Heritage site in 1984; Cartagena is a city that possesses the charm of the colonial period but with all the flavor of the tropics, with superb beaches, delicious cuisine and world-class tourism infrastructure.
I highly recommend walking the streets without a tour guide and just enjoy the beautiful colonial architecture and famous landmarks like the Castle of San Felipe de Barajas, the clock tower and the Palace of Inquisition. There are also many squares and plazas filled with friendly locals that go about their day in casual way.
If you get tired of walking you can always take the traditional horse and carriage ride or simple do as the locals a find yourself a bike. Oh, and if you want a quick snack, please buy some fresh fruit from a “palenquera”. The Palenqueras are beautiful street vendors (all ladies) that wear colorful dresses and always have a smile on their face; they are a symbol of Cartagena so don´t forget to take a picture with them.
Behind the walls you will find monasteries, palaces, and convents that are converted into modern boutique hotels providing its visitors with the perfect fusion of old and new. The wall fills up every evening around sunset and offers impressive views and fresh ocean breeze…at a place like this, who can avoid falling in love?
The beauty and unique seduction of Cartagena inspired the mind of Nobel price Novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, so just imagine what you can experience there! It is one of those cities that just have it all, so start planning your next trip to Colombia now!