This summer we visited the city of Cartagena. Maybe one of the most picturesque cities of our country due to its colonial architecture which has been preserved during time behind its 11kms of defensive walls. We set two main objectives for this trip: Chill a few days in Casa en el Agua Hostel (close to Cartagena) and explore the old city of Cartagena!
Arrived to Cartagena airport by night and took a cab straight to our hostel located in the center of the old city: Republica. This well designed hostel is walking distance from the main heritage sights, bars and restaurants, this way you save some money of commuting all days to the historic center. The hostel has different type of dorms, a nice terrace to share with other travelers, and it’s also known for their pool party on Sundays where you will meet people from everywhere.
Go have a beer!
Woke up early next morning and headed to the pier where we took a speed boat to Casa en el Agua, our trip’s ﬁrst objective! This is a hostel like no other in Colombia and maybe Latin America! Located in middle of the “archipielago” of San Bernardo del Viento with a 360º stunning view over the Caribbean!
Quite an experience! Go check out the Casa en el Agua Blog!
After two nights in Casa en el Agua, it was time to enjoy the beauty of Cartagena. Basically we spent our days exploring the old city walking through its narrow streets and taking some pictures of the lovely colonial houses. A mix of different terra-cotta facades, green terraces and big-wooden doors like in no other place, simply beautiful!
Some of our favorite streets to visit:
– “Carrera 4” you will see the yellow tower of Santa Catalina Church, with lots of artist offering their paintings next to the “Plaza de Bolivar”.
– “Calle 36” heading to Casa San Agustin with nice colonial houses.
– Our favorite: “Calle 35” where you will ﬁnd the “Callejon de los Estribos”, close to Plaza de Santo Domingo.
On the afternoon we made a very special friend in Santo Domingo Square: Martha, one of the many Palenqueras who sell fruits in the old city wearing their traditional clothings. Had the chance to share some time with her and of course to try some of her juiciest fruits! Learned how simple is to live by the day enjoying the moment with no pressure of what will come after.
Thanks for your time Martha!
Sunsets are magical on the Caribbean coast and Cafe del Mar offers probably one of the best views for it! Located on the upper side of the old-city wall, you’ll have nothing blocking your view to the ocean, just try to arrive early and have a drink on a table close to the wall before the crowds come in.
For late night you need to make a choice between Cartagena’s gastronomical offer as they have some of the best restaurants in Colombia. On this short trip we visited: La Cevicheria, it has a delicious variety! Try the “Suprema de Calamar” and the “Tostones de la Madre Teresa” you won’t regret! Deﬁnitely need to come back with more time to continue discovering more of the restaurants and bars in the old city!
If you’re visiting Colombia then Cartagena is a must on your list! It’s a city with a unique charm and the perfect mix of the old and the new! Most important, colombians will make you feel as one of them, so welcome all of you!