Visiting the UNESCO world heritage city
04.07.2016 - 08.07.2016 30 °C
After a few days in Bogotá it was time to leave to meet my travel companion, Jenna, in Cartagena. The city is famous for its beautirul colonial buildings. Most of these buildings are located inside a wall, known as the walled city. There are also some located outside the wall. I found the old area outside the most charming as you could see Colombians going on with their daily life. This is also the area where most of the hostels are located.
The itinerary for Cartagena was pretty relaxed. We spent the first day getting ourselves comfortable and exploring the walled city. The second day we went to the city beached in the morning only to be surprised by heavy rain and a thunderstorm in the afternoon. The third day was spent exploring the walled city a bit more systematically, including some of its museums. We visited the inquisition museum which basically told the story of how people where tortured and burnt for being witches, herritics etc. In the evening we visited one of the oldest and biggest fortresses the Spaniards ever built in its colonies. It had many secret tunnels and we had a great time exploring some of them. Finally, the last day we booked a tour going to Playa Blanca. It was a beautiful white beach located one hour outside Cartagena. Because of its popularity it was quite expensive. However, the beach had lockers which made it possible to properly relax. I was a bit eager on getting my white skin a little less white, and obviously managed to get sunburnt - au! Luckily, we were traveling the next day so I got the much needed time out of the sun.
All in all, I loved Cartagena! If you like old charming buildings and beautiful architecture this is the place for you! The old down reminded me of Habana, Cuba, just with more paints. Which reminds me that I should we writing a blog post for that trip! Anyway, go to Cartagena if you can, but be prepared to sweat. The city is hot and humid, its only drawback.