Blanca Valbuena

  • Cañón en una almena en las paredes de la antigua ciudad de Cartagena Colombia
  • El Parque de la Marina en Cartagena Colombia tiene muchos espejos de agua y esculturas militares
  • Christmas display at Plaza de La Aduana in Cartagena Colombia
  • Hay muchas aldabas en forma de Iguanas en Cartagena Colombia
  • The Heretic's fork was used during the Inquisition in Cartagena to get confessions out of people
  • Defensive walls in Cartagena De Indias
  • Pegasus Esculturas en Cartagena Colombia
  • Arepa con queso are one of many types of Colombian Arepas
  • La cena en el Sofitel Santa Clara es la pena el precio
  • Gelateria Paradiso's ices and gelatos are said to the the best in Cartagena De Indias
  • Pasteles Cartageneros are the Caribbean version of Tamales Tolimenses
  • El Centro de los artes de Cartagena cuenta con un mural que representa a las musas
  • Colorful homes in Cartagena de Indias
  • Palenqueras are the heart of Cartagena de Indias
  • Un buen lugar para encontrar Palenqueras en la antigua ciudad de Cartagena es San Pedro Claver
  • San Pedro Claver bautizado 300,000 personas, incluyendo a los esclavos
  • El Teatro Heredia fue diseñado por el arquitecto Luis Felipe Jasper
  • Cartagena's door knockers are a major attraction
  • La Gordita de Botero sits in Plaza Santo Domingo in Cartagena Colombia
  • La escultura de Juan Pablo II en Cartagena Colombia
  • Cartagena es conocida por sus aldabas decorativos
  • esculturas de metal con encanto de la gente que hace cosas de cada día en la Plaza San Pedro Claver
  • Graffiti de un pájaro azul en Cartagena
  • Palenqueras venden todo tipo de frutas como la piña, guava, papaya y más

YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE CARTAGENA! I can't imagine anyone not liking the city. You may be worried about visiting this city in Colombia, but you don't have to be. Especially if you find yourself in the Old Town Cartagena. It's really a wonderful place, here's why:

  • Cartagena is the safest city in Colombia.
  • It's not a tourist trap. I was there November/December and although the tourists were there, it was not overcrowded like Venice.
  • The locals frown on public drunkenness and are not afraid to put misbehaved tourists in their place (this is quite entertaining when it happens). This means that while you can party and have a great time, you don't need to worry about obnoxious tourists or locals.
  • It's not Mexico. You're not going to get sick from the food or water...unless you eat oysters at the beach...everything else is a-ok (even the super cheap ceviche). He aquí una completa lista de las cosas que necesita para comer en Cartagena.

Cartagena is not perfect. It has plenty of issues, but even with the negatives I left ready to go back. I'll walk you through some of the coolest spots in the old town (there will be other blogs for other neighborhoods), and give you some tips for your trip to Cartagena Colombia (they're at the bottom of this post - so scroll if you're in a rush).

Old Town Cartagena Guide

Cartagena es conocida por sus aldabas decorativos

While in Cartagena's Old City, take time to walk and enjoy the city's gorgeous door knockers

Chances are if you're headed to Cartagena, usted pasará la mayor parte de su tiempo en elCiudad Vieja (the old town). This is where most tourists spend their time, and it is easy to see why. El casco antiguo y elCiudad Murallada (walled city) is a treasure trove of Colonial architecture, churches, gorgeous mansions, amazing shopping, and history.  Me encantó la ciudad vieja y pasé un montón de tiempo allí ... Me podría haber pasado aún más y el plan para muy pronto. Cartagena is a very inexpensive travel location if you do it right.

San Pedro Claver bautizado 300,000 personas, incluyendo a los esclavos

San Pedro Claver, a Spanish Jesuit priest and missionary devoted his life and work to the African slaves of Cartagena


You probably noticed if you googled "Cartagena" that a Spanish city pops up from time to time. Esta es la ciudad que dioLa Heroica her name, y la razón por Cartagena se conoce comoCartagena de Indias. Prior to the arrival of the Spanish in 1533, Cartagena was inhabited by the Karib, Malibu and Arawak. Spaniards came and took over. Cartagena's location on the Caribbean made it an important trading post (many slaves were put to horrible fates here) and a great place for profit for the Spanish. This, in turn made it attractive to Spain's rivals. El español tenía que protegerse y construyó elCastillo San Felipe de Barajas. The Spanish held their ground and the Catholic church took hold of the city.  Cartagena was at one point a center for the Inquisition of the Americas.  In 1821 Simon Bolivar liberated the city from Spain and Cartagena's modern history began.

Cañón en una almena en las paredes de la antigua ciudad de Cartagena Colombia

Cartagena, known as La Heroica, is a city of protective fortresses and cannons that served to protect its citizens from pirates of the Caribbean such as Francis Dranke and John Hawkins.


The old city is more than just the walled city...but it's small enough that you can walk it all in one day night (you'll end up heat stroked or sunburned if you attempt this during the daytime). There are three main neighborhoods in the old city: San Pedro, San Diego and Getsemani. San Pedro was where the rich people lived. San Diego was for the working people, and Getsemani has now become the hippest neighborhood after being known for being the place for prostitution. Cartagena values its travel dollars, so you should be safe all over the old city. At no point did I feel threatened and we had no bad experiences with thieves or pick pockets. There are always people on the streets and I had no issues at all. That being said, don't be stupid and go flaunting money, cellphones, or jewelry. Have fun, but observe caution and you'll be just fine.


Un buen lugar para encontrar Palenqueras en la antigua ciudad de Cartagena es San Pedro Claver

Plaza San Pedro Claver in Cartagena, Colombia is filled with colorful buildings.

Plaza de San Pedro Claver (1575-1612) - You'll know you're there when you begin to see some charming metal sculptures of people doing what Colombian people do: getting a haircut, playing games, etc.. These were made by sculptor Eduardo Carmona. Then you will notice a large sculpture of a man of the cloth in conversation with a slave. As I mentioned before, Cartagena's economy was boosted by the slave trade. Claver era un sacerdote jesuita español que bautizó y esclavos proselitismo que llegó desde África. He considered himself the advocate for slaves and was canonized in the late 1800's. The church dedicated to him is a Cathedral in the Italian style and totally worth a visit (especially since it's pretty cool in there). There is also a museum where you can learn more about Cartagena's history and the slave trade that built the city. At this plaza, usted encontrará a menudoPalenqueras selling fruit (perfect respite from the heat - watermelon, pineapple, papaya) and homemade sweets like cocadas. If you want to take a picture of or with a Palenquera, it is customary to make a small purchase beforehand. Heck, those internet points you win on instagram mean nothing to you, but the dollar you pay for that delicious watermelon will make a difference in their lives. You can also sneak into the Modern Art Museum to get a little shade.

Museo de Arte Moderno de Cartagena: El historiador del arte en mí se encogió cuando entré al calor y la humedad. Dicho este museo tiene una colección excepcional y me gustaría animarles a cobrar más para que pudieran estabilizar la temperatura en el edificio. Su derecho Plaza de San Pedro Claver y ocupa dos edificios uno del siglo 17 y otra del 19. Fueron utilizados para almacenar armas, pero ahora se han conectado a convertirse en el MAMC a finales de los 70. La colección incluye dos artistas colombianos e internacionales. Mi artista favorito era Enrique Grau. Él donó las piezas a Cartagena y le da una idea bastante clara sobre el artista. Otros artistas que me llamó la atención fueron Alfredo Guerrero, Augusto Rivera, Omar Rayo, y Olga de Amaral. El costo por boleto de adulto fue de $ 5.000COP (alrededor de $ 1.50USD) Calle 30, 4-08 - phone 0057 5230 2622

La Gordita de Botero sits in Plaza Santo Domingo in Cartagena Colombia

Gertrudis or "La Gordita" was sculpted in Bronze by Colombian sculptor Fernando Botero.

Plaza Santo Domingo - This is one of the most touristy spots in the city. Plaza Santo Domingo is located a block away from Plaza Bolivar. It is made up of the Iglesia de Santo Domingo and a bunch of restaurants that offer outdoor seating. This means that a bunch of young ladies will all work hard to sell you on going to the restaurant they represent. There are a few things I particularly liked about this plaza. First, the Iglesia de Santo Domingo from the mid 1500's. The church is a popular wedding location, we must have seen a different wedding every night we were there. This plaza is also quite popular for dance troupes, so you get some very inexpensive "dinner & a show". Just make sure to have a little cash to donate to the performers. Finally, as a good Colombian should, Me enamoré conGertrudis. Who is she? She's La gordita de Fernando Botero, Colombia's most well known visual artist. This Rubenesque reclining nude is made of is said that if you rub her breasts, she will bring you luck in love.

La escultura de Juan Pablo II en Cartagena Colombia

This sculpture was erected in honor of the visit by Pope John Paul II to Cartagena

Plaza Bolivar - This plaza is always full of people, both tourists and locals. A few spots here deserve their own write up, so they will get it. The plaza surrounds the equestrian statue of Simon Bolivar, Latin America's George Washington. Grab a seat, buy a fresh coconut and sip it under a tree. At night time, enjoy the nightly dance shows and live concerts.  Si usted está en los museos, check out the Cartagena Gold Museum (tiny, but free to enter). You can also check out the Museum of the Inquisition which has tons of torture devices and more gruesome items. The Cathedral of Cartagena is a nice place to cool down...and if you so wish, check out the sculpture dedicated to Pope John Paul II from his 1986 visit.

tenedor del Hereje se utilizó durante la Inquisición en Cartagena para obtener confesiones de las personas

This torture device, called a Heretic's Fork, is a double sided bifurcated piece of metal placed between the breast bone and the throat. If you fell asleep, it would pierce you awake.

Palacio de la Inquisicion (At Plaza de Bolivar)- This is one crazy museum. Vive en una hermosa casa que sirvió como el patio de laHoly Office. It's not the cheapest museum for what you get, but if you're an architecture fan like I am...that will make it worth it. A word of warning. There are "guides" in the museum. They don't cost cheap, and I don't think they are worth the price. You can pay for them if you want to be entertained, but the museum is not huge, so a guide is not really warranted. That being said, este museo tortura realmente pone las cosas en perspectiva cuando se empieza a ver todos los instrumentos de tortura que fueron utilizados por la iglesia para que la genteconfess they were witches. There's some pretty gruesome stuff in there. Lo que más me asustó más que nada fue elHeretics Fork. This device is a double sided fork, that is placed between your sternum and your chin making you super uncomfortable. Basically, you move, you are impaled by the fork.  No estoy muy seguro de qué tipo de persona que necesita estar para llegar a esta idea, but I'd say a pretty sick one.

El Centro de los artes de Cartagena cuenta con un mural que representa a las musas

The Teatro Adolfo Mejia , now known as the Teatro Heredia was constructed by Luis Felipe Jaspe who also created the Clock Tower

Plaza San Diego -  Pasé demasiado tiempo aquí, sobre todo porque las chicas de laarepa con huevostand make the best ones in the city. I think I had one every other day. Seriously - these women are the best in the city, so do not miss them. I loved the square mostly because although there were plenty of tourists in this plaza, you could feel the energy of the locals. Grab a seat at the plaza, enjoy your arepa con huevo and enjoy the music from local musicians ranging from kid rappers, to guitar trios playing boleros, to amateur violinists. When you're ready to move on, hit up the Institute of the Arts and Sciences, check out las Bovedas, and the Teatro Heredia.

Christmas display at Plaza de La Aduana in Cartagena Colombia

Plaza de la Aduana in Cartagena known for administrative buildings, lights up during the Christmas season

The Clock Tower & Plaza de La Aduana - There are many tiny entrances into the walled city, its most famous is the Puerta del Reloj or Torre del Reloj (Clock Tower). As you go under the clock tower, you will see many artisanal crafts for sale. They're priced nicely enough, so it's a nice time to help the local economy. Una vez que usted pasa por la torre del reloj va a estar en elPlaza de los Coches. Yes, you can pick up a carriage ride, but I find them inhumane (many of the horses are ridiculously skinny, and the carriages are made of heavy materials unlike those in New York). Ladies, you are not princesses, stop making believe you are. A quick walk from here, usted encontraráPlaza de la Aduana donde Cristóbal Colón destaca triunfalmente sobre La India Catalina. I've got so many issues with this monument, but it does tell you a lot about the history of the city and Latin America. Walk a little more, y usted se encontrará enPlaza San Pedro Claver.

Pegasus Esculturas en Cartagena Colombia

It's pegasi - enough said.

Muelle del Pegaso en Cartagena de Indias - As you walk out of the city center through the clock tower, you will encounter the Muelle del Pegaso(dock of the Pegasus) which connects the Center of the old city to Getsemani.   Está decorado con varias esculturas pegaso, y se sienta en compañía del Centro de Convenciones y el Camellón de los Mártires. It was a lovely spot in December, especially at night when the area would be lit up and vendors sold arepas con queso, cerveza and other treats to locals. You'd often hear music and be entertained by street artists. One night, nos encontramos con el Festival de Pasteles en el Parque Centenario. This was an awesome event. Se corrió toda una semana y localespastelmakers competed for the title of the best Pastel of Cartagena. Their pasteles are quite similar to Tamal tolimense. I was in heaven. We went back twice, ate like pigs and had an amazing time. If you want to take a trip to Isla Rosario, you can grab a boat here, but we recommend that you plan this out ahead. A day trip is not worth it. If you head out to Islas Rosario, take at least 3 days.

Graffiti de un pájaro azul en Cartagena

Maria Mulata (Mexican grackle) is the official bird of Cartagena, this is one amongst various public art pieces dedicated to her.

Getsemani - This is now the hippest barrio in Cartagena. It is where independence was first declared and has recently seen a renaissance. It was once known for prostitution, seedy stores and clubs. Now, it is a lovely neighborhood with stunning graffiti and street art, killer restaurants, and is definitely a home for the local Cartageneros. We were there during December and on our nightly walks, we'd see all the people from the neighborhood at the local church singing the novena. There were ton of restaurants, bars, and clubs.

India Catalina - Catalina had it rough. She was kidnapped by the Spanish in the 1500's and eventually ended up assisting them in the conquest of Colombia. El monumento en su nombre se encuentra en el puerto entre el Castillo de San Felipe y el casco antiguo.

Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas - Sorry Cartagena, but you gotta up the ante here. This is a stunning site, but you're missing a ton of opportunities here. Lisbon's Castelo Sao Jorge is kicking your ass when it comes to defensive castles and it's not because theirs is better, but because they understand how to use the space to envelop tourists in history and lore.  Estoy físicamente activo y saludable, and I am a huge history buff...and I did not find this to be the most pleasant experience. The site itself is impressive, but the tourism board is missing out on many opportunities to make money while making visitors happy. Go, but make sure to wear sunscreen (bring extra). Wear sneakers, there is no way up, but walking.  Asegúrese de usar un sombrero ya que no hay lugares para esconderse del sol (unless you head into the bovedas - not the most comforting spots around), and make sure to bring a few frozen water bottles. The only shop is all the way at the top of the Castillo, by the time you get there, you will be heat stroked. Cartagena could create a better experience by setting up rest spots (tables, chairs, and umbrellas), guides throughout to talk to you about the history. También podrían establecer centros de aprendizaje dentro del castillo(or at least more signs). Finally, their gift shop sucks. Nice people there, but it's all nick nacks. That would be the perfect spot to have a small wine/beer/frituras bar and a little music. Lisbon does this, and they do it quite well.

El Parque de la Marina en Cartagena Colombia tiene muchos espejos de agua y esculturas militares

The Parque de La Marina in Cartagena Colombia is part of the National Armada


  •  Sun Protection: The Caribbean sun can be unforgiving. Make sure to wear sunscreen and a hat. Even though I wore SPF 30 on a daily basis, I ended up with a little skin damage. You can also carry around bottles of water, but stuff is so cheap there, I would just buy it on the street.
  • Carry small bills: Local vendors (and taxi drivers) will try to get as much out of you as possible. Make sure to carry change so that you don't end up overpaying for goods and services.
  • Stay away from the Emerald Shops: Colombia has great emeralds, but this is not the place to purchase them.
  • Do eat on the street: Look for women and men with bags filled with Styrofoam containers. Salen alrededor 11 and will yell "ALMUERZO". That means lunch. These lunches cost a mere $2USD and usually include coconut rice (yummmy), a green salad, and a protein that can be chicken, or pork. So freaking good. Then grab yourself a coconut from a street vendor to wash it down with.
  • Wear White: White reflects heat, so you will stay much cooler. Besides, this is the favorite color of the locals, so you will stick out less.
  • Dress nicely: Colombians don't wear sneakers, and while Cartagena is more relaxed than say Bogota or Medellin, if you wear sneakers or flip flops you will totally stick out. At night time, step up your game. Gentlemen can wear white linen pants with a nice shirt, and ladies can wear a nice Summer dress.


Arepa con queso are one of many types of Colombian Arepas

Arepas con queso are Cornmeal and cheese cakes found on the streets of Cartagena

These are not listed in any particular order...but you cannot leave Cartagena without trying these lovely dishes:

  • Arepa Con Huevo: My absolute favorite type of arepa. Find the arepa ladies at Plaza San Diego. There are others in the city, but these are better than any restaurant or stall in town. Estas arepas se hacen de harina de maíz, and filled with spiced ground beef and deep fried. Once they cook, they are filled with two eggs and fried again. They are possibly my most favorite indulgence (and they are super cheap). I'm kinda drooling right now.
  • Arepa Con Queso: These arepas are thick cheese & cornmeal cakes that are grilled (on butter) and topped with more butter and cheese.  Son acre, delicious, caloric and damn good with a beer. The best ones were at the carts of el Camellón de los Martires.
  • Tasting Menu at Restaurante 1621 - Sofitel Santa ClaraIt's expensive for Cartagena, it's a steal by NYC standards. La cocina es francesa-Caribe y pone los ingredientes de Cartagena a las normas deLa Technique. The service and wines were also wonderful. We paid $120 USD for dinner for two (two courses and dessert).
  • Gelato at Paradiso: I was blown away. Gelateria Paradiso hace todo en casa con los mejores ingredientes disponibles. You can have something traditional like Cookies & Cream, something tropical like Tamarind, or something unusual like Basil. There's a flavor for everyone.
  • Pasteles Cartageneros: I may have loved these because they were so much like Tamales Tolimenses (I may get hurt next time I go to Cartagena for saying this).  Ellos son abundantes, delicious, and one is enough for two - but I've been known to polish one off on my own. They are made or cornmeal which is filled with pork, chicken, beef and a few veggies. La mezcla se envuelve en una hoja de plátano y se hierve. If you go in December, preguntar lugareños acerca de laFestival de Pasteles. It goes on for a week and you'll have the chance to taste pasteles from the city's best Pasteleros.
  • Limonada de Coco: Oh yeahhhh...there are few things better in the sweltering Cartagena heat than a delicious Coconut Lemonade. I'm not sure what the hell they do to make this so damn good, but I was ordering these at every restaurant in town.
  • Fruit: Fruit is freakin' delicious in Colombia and Cartagena has a bounty of it. You can get anything from pineapple, papaya, guava, uchuva, nispero, granadillas and much more. If you want to try a good variety, dirigirse a una de las plazas y comprar una ensalada de lapalenqueras. It will cost you very little and you will get a taste of one of each of the fruits at her table.
  • Ceviche: You're at the beach. You better eat seafood. When it comes to ceviche you've got plenty of options. You can go to La Cevicheria, but if you really want the Cartagena experience, you need to head to Avenida Venezuela (between the walled city & Getsemani) and check out the Ceviche stands. Amazing ceviche for around $2USD. Just remember to ask for it without ketchup or salsa rosada. Colombians love ketchup on their fish and I find this to be a sacrilege...just something to keep in mind.
  • Arroz con Coco: You will be hooked and beg for the recipe. Coconut rice here is served at almost every meal. It's made with real coconut and panela (basically pure unrefined cane sugar). It somehow works with main courses. Especially fried fish.
  • Fried Fish: The fried fish in Cartagena is delicious. Most restaurants will offer whatever is the catch of the day. When you eat it, make sure to relish on the fins. Fried fins taste better than potato chips.
  • Patacones con hogao: Fried plantains with hogao...


Enfermarse cuando estás de viaje chupa. Usted podría ir a un hospital en la ciudad, pero hay una opción mucho mejor. Hay un servicio de llamada AMI. Este servicio es un servicio médico de emergencia de suscripción para los locales. ¿Cómo ayuda esto? Si usted está enfermo, puede llamar al servicio y solicitar un médico. La mala noticia es que si están teniendo una noche ocupada que no se llega a usted de inmediato (y tendrás que volver a llamar hasta que un punto se abre). La parte buena es que un médico llegará a su hotel / alojamiento, usted echa un vistazo allí, y prescribir lo que necesites. La mejor parte, una visita nos costó $90.000 POLICÍA (menos de $ 30USD). One note - usted tendrá que llamar desde un teléfono fijo o Skype. En Colombia teléfonos fijos sólo pueden llamar a teléfonos fijos, y los móviles sólo puede llamar a los móviles ... raro, Lo sé. Gracias Dr.. Ronald por cuidar bien de nosotros.

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54 COMENTARIOS SOBRE ESTE POST Para “The Old Town Cartagena Colombia”

  • ness

    January 15, 2016 at 9:06 am

    información fantástica. He encontrado que esto sólo después de mi regreso de Colombia. Sin embargo, me está ayudando a recordar lugares y lugares visitados en Cartagena. Así que gracias – Siento que fotografiamos exactamente las mismas cosas – como probablemente lo hace cada viajero – pero si, Gracias por ayudarme a nombrar lo que vi. gran artículo.

    • blancavalbuena

      January 15, 2016 at 1:14 pm

      Gracias por su nota Ness. Siempre me ha gustado cómo una imagen puede traer a la mente un lugar como si estuvieras allí ayer. Me encantaría echa un vistazo a sus imágenes. Drop me a line with your blog or Instagram so I can check them out 😀

  • Dean

    January 17, 2016 at 12:06 am

    Thanks for the in-depth information about Cartagena. We’re headed there February 7th for a week, staying at the beach neighborhood of Los Morros. One question: te gusta la comida de los vendedores ambulantes como el Arepos, la fruta fresca y el ceviche. Pero tengo miedo de correr el riesgo de una angustia mayor en el tracto inferior. En México o Guatemala comer estas cosas significaría un billete de ida a 72 hora en el baño. ¿Qué tan segura es la comida de la calle?

    • blancavalbuena

      January 17, 2016 at 2:32 am

      Ninguna enfermedad de comida para mí, ya sea viaje a Colombia (estado enfermo en México). Me dijeron que se mantenga alejado de los mariscos y “calle” comida en la playa (y lo hice – por lo que no lo haría posibilidad de que). arepas, Fruta, etc han estado bien, incluso de vendedores ambulantes en la ciudad. Todo el ceviche que he tenido ha sido pescado (sin crustáceos).

      Sólo tiene que usar precaución. Si la persona se ve porción sospechoso, la comida es probablemente no es seguro.

      Una cosa – Colombianos añadir la salsa de tomate a su Ceviche – No soy un fan. Asegúrese de preguntar por ella “Estilo del Perú”. Si usted ha estado en América Latina antes, lo más probable es que ya tiene una buena cantidad de bacterias de los alimentos colombianos.

      Si llegara a enfermar (No tengo las dos veces que he visitado), usted puede hacer una llamada de casa de un médico.

      Tendrá un tiempo increíble.

  • Isabelle

    Noviembre 22, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Gracias! esto será muy útil a partir de mi próximo viaje a Cartagena!

    • Blanca Valbuena

      Noviembre 25, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      Me alegro de que haya gustado el artículo. Si necesita algún consejo, por favor no dude en preguntar. Tener un fin de semana maravilloso.

  • Joely Smith

    December 29, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    I just want to say you write some of the best travel articles I have ever seen! So much detail and each one truly makes me want to go to every place you write about!
    La pintura mural grackle es precioso y los pasteles son fantásticas!

    • Blanca Valbuena

      December 30, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      Gracias por las amables palabras. Yo sólo quiero que esto sea un buen recurso para aquellos que quieren viajar mejor, especialmente a los lugares menos conocidos y mal entendidas como Colombia.

  • tara Pittman

    December 29, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Un montón de buen comer que se tenía. Me encanta probar nuevos alimentos cuando viajo

    • Blanca Valbuena

      December 30, 2016 at 1:38 pm

      El exceso de buen comer. Lo bueno de Cartagena a diferencia de otras ciudades de Colombia es que usted tiene la elección, usted puede conseguir Francés, Arábica, japonés.

  • Amy Jones

    December 30, 2016 at 3:44 am

    Colombia es un lugar maravilloso! Me encanta cómo todo el mundo es amable y sus acentos son la mejor. Me alegro de que tenía un tiempo de diversión allí!

  • Bretaña

    December 30, 2016 at 4:25 am

    Suena como un lugar maravilloso para ir! Esperemos que voy a tener la oportunidad de ir algún día! Gracias por compartir algo de su historia!

    • Blanca Valbuena

      December 30, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      De nada. Cartagena es una ciudad preciosa para visitar si te gusta playas, historia, y comida.

  • Melanie Smith

    December 30, 2016 at 4:48 am

    Colombia es uno de mis lugares de ensueño! Quiero ir allí tan mal!! Cartagena se ve increíble y Medellín también!

    • Blanca Valbuena

      December 30, 2016 at 1:41 pm

      Debieras. Es maravilloso y Colombia está realmente trabajando en lo que es mejor. Cuando esté listo para ir a, no dude en al mensaje de Cartagena Sugerencias de viajes.

  • Sarah-Louise Bailey

    December 30, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Hay muchos lugares históricos para visitar y es bueno saber algo al respecto, así que ya tiene ideas de sus eventos y la cultura cuando tenemos la intención de visitar Colombia.

    • Blanca Valbuena

      December 30, 2016 at 1:44 pm

      Hay tanto que ver allí. Cuando usted decide tomar unas vacaciones en Cartagena, no dude en acercarse a mí por consejos.

  • Elizabeth O.

    December 30, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Tienen brillante arquitectura! Todo sólo se ve increíble y sin duda es agradable ver a estos en persona. Espero poder viajar allí con mis hijas pronto!

    • Blanca Valbuena

      December 30, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      La ciudad está llena de edificios magníficos. Además de la historia, hay mucho por hacer. Espero que les guste Cartagena tanto como lo hice.

  • gran una

    December 30, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Lo que un buen lugar para aprender sobre Colombia. Espero volver a visitar este lugar en el futuro. Gracias por compartir!

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    • Blanca Valbuena

      December 30, 2016 at 1:46 pm

      Espero que ustedes también. Beaches, clima cálido y buena comida se pueden encontrar en Cartagena.

  • jennifer Gilbert

    December 30, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Siempre he querido ir a Columbia. Parece que tanta comida, fun, y la historia interesante! Me gustaría ver una cena y espectáculo en la Plaza.

    • Blanca Valbuena

      December 30, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      Es precioso y Colombia es mucho más seguro ahora de lo que era. Especialmente Cartagena y Medellín. Los espectáculos de baile en Cartagena son espectaculares.

  • Emma blanco

    December 30, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Este lugar parece preciosa, Me encantaría ir a ver esas estatuas allí increíble! La comida suena delicioso para! Who dosnt a love a place with good food 🙂

    • Blanca Valbuena

      December 30, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      La comida era ridículamente bueno. Especially the arepas de huevo, y el ceviche, y la limonada de Coco. en mi opinión, Cartagena tiene la mejor comida en Colombia.

  • Alesia

    December 30, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    Me encanta los edificios. Usted tiene algunas maravillosas fotos. La historia es interesante.

    • Blanca Valbuena

      December 30, 2016 at 9:35 pm

      La historia es tan interesante. Toda Colombia se compone de personas de todos los colores y sus fondos son increíbles. Es parte de lo que hace el país (y especialmente Cartagena) tan interesante.

  • Nelson brumosa

    December 30, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    Qué hermoso pequeño lugar! Parece un lugar tan fabuloso para viajar y explorar. Tengo la esperanza de que voy a llegar a hacer más viajar este año. Feliz año nuevo!

    • Blanca Valbuena

      December 30, 2016 at 9:36 pm

      ¿Dónde estás pensando en ir brumoso? en algún lugar tropical?

  • Cra

    December 30, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Cartagena se ve como un gran lugar para visitar! La arquitectura es muy bonito y se ve como la ciudad está llena de interesantes esculturas. I’m sure the food is delicious too!

    • Blanca Valbuena

      December 31, 2016 at 10:13 am

      It’s wonderful. Beaches, castles, food…I’m kinda bummed I skipped this year 😉

  • JcCee

    December 31, 2016 at 5:09 am

    Beautiful pictures! I would love to tour the museums and try the food. I love the details you provided regarding everything. You left no question unanswered.

    • Blanca Valbuena

      December 31, 2016 at 10:14 am

      Thanks JcCee. If you do come up with any questions, drop me a line. Cartagena is a wonderful place to visit.

  • Dawn

    December 31, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    Amazing. The Town is lovely and your pictures are amazing! You made me feel like I was there with you!

    • Blanca Valbuena

      January 3, 2017 at 11:14 am

      Thanks so much for the kind words. Cartagena is such a lovely place (with a dark past) and a bright future. I think it is the perfect place for someone to visit on their first Colombia trip.

  • Ámbar

    December 31, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    This looks like a great place to visit. I love all the photos!

    • Blanca Valbuena

      January 3, 2017 at 11:17 am

      It’s really wonderful. There is such a mix of cultures in Cartagena from all the mixing that happened when it was a major port. And now, there is so much food and art…and the beaches. I highly recommend a visit.

  • Yonca

    January 1, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Wonderful pics! Your post made me want some Coconut Lemonade right now 🙂 Happy New Year!

    • Blanca Valbuena

      January 3, 2017 at 11:19 am

      Thank you Yonca. Coconut lemonade really is one of the greatest pleasures in life. Could be a good kitchen experiment for you.

  • TColeman

    January 1, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    This looks like such a beautiful place to visit! I would love to go and see all of these sights for myself.

    • Blanca Valbuena

      January 3, 2017 at 11:20 am

      Cartagena is wonderful (and still affordable – por ahora). I seriously recommend that people visit now before it gets more popular and prices rise.

  • Serge

    July 15, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Cartagena has been my dream since I watched Love in the Time of Cholera

    • Blanca Valbuena

      July 15, 2017 at 11:04 pm

      You need to go. It’s a wonderful place filled with history. It does have poverty, but the spirit of Cartagena shines through.

  • Serge

    July 16, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Oh Bianca I wish I could! I have a baby son and my wife is pregnant with the second. I’m so happy, but I don’t know when we will be able to travel that far (we live in Europe) con 2 kids 🙂
    But I do know still all dreams some time come true. Catagena is waiting for me 😉

    Good luck to you!

    • Blanca Valbuena

      July 17, 2017 at 7:12 am

      Congratulations to your family! It is definitely a lot more challenging traveling with kids (and Cartagena is quite far from Europe), but you still have amazing beaches here. I’m a big fan of Croatia & France’s beaches. Actually, the water is much nicer there than it is in Cartagena.

  • Serge

    July 17, 2017 at 10:39 am

    I cannot believe that water in the Mediterranean sea is nicer than in the Caribbean. 😉

    You see, I’m a romantic soul… I was in Dominicana 4 years ago during my honeymoon. This trip was one of the most unforgettable in my life.
    I lied on the beach under the palms reading Christopher Columbus’s diaries and felt like I live 500 years ago and a part of their expedition. Felt like I stepped for the first time onto the ground of the unknown New World (Dominicana (Espaniola) was the first site of the permanent settlement of the Europeans).

    I felt the spirit of that epoch. I’m not saying European settlers were angels, of course there were much greediness and cruelty towards the local inhabitants that were turned into slaves and killed massively. But I am sure there were at the same time many people of honor and nobility who tried to stop all the cruelty. Those times were harsh, and now it all part of the history…

    I don’t know why, but I tend to romanticize those times and want to visit all New World cities full of that colonial spirit… and Cartagena is one of them. 🙂

    • Blanca Valbuena

      July 18, 2017 at 7:10 am

      Depends on where in the Caribbean. Puerto Rico has gorgeous waters in Culebra and Vieques. En Colombia, for gorgeous water, I’d recommend going to San Andres (although it’s gotten very touristy) or Rosario Islands (just make sure that when you go you plan ahead. The waters are lovely, but most tours & boats going out there don’t give the best experiences). The water in Cartagena proper is definitely not up to par.

      Love that you’re into history. I’m currently reading Shogun. I love imagining what life was like back then. How were the diaries?

      When it comes to the colonial spirit, Cartagena absolutely has it. It’s a lovely place (which is why I go back quite often), so I definitely recommend it 😉

  • Serge

    July 18, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Thank you a lot for your advice!
    As you understand from the previous post the diaries were absolutely stunning!

  • Serge

    July 18, 2017 at 11:27 am

    P.S. By the way, Blanca, I’m working on a travel blog at the moment where I would like to feature South America & Caribbeans.

    Do you have any great writer (local or non local but living there) with perfect English who would like to write for a blog? Or maybe you personally would like to do this (but I suspect you are quite busy). Also I would like to find a pro photographer who would supply me with authentic colorful photos. I couldn’t find your email anywhere so I post my question to you here (if you don’t mind).

    • Blanca Valbuena

      July 26, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      Lo siento, no en contacto con usted antes, just got over the flu. I don’t know a writer off the top of my head, but check out the travel blogger groups on Facebook. There are tons of bloggers there always looking to collaborate 🙂

  • Serge

    July 20, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Hey Blanca, did you see my questions? 🙂

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