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The rhythmic clamor of salsa rings in your ears and almost stifles the soft sound of palm leaves stirring in the trade winds. In turn, this breeze brings a warm pungency of rum, sweat and cinnamon — the scent that represents the Colombian Caribbean — and you know that you are in Cartagena.
Founded in 1533 and enticing with its blend of history, culture and sizzling nightlife, Cartagena is Colombia’s longstanding tourist destination. Needing almost no introduction this Caribbean city with UNESCO World Heritage status is an excellent base from which to discover the history of the Spanish colonization of South America, explore the beaches found just 30 minutes away, test out those salsa clubs and soak up a truly unique atmosphere.
History and literature course through the colonial streets of the tranquil, sophisticated barrio of San Diego, where an evening stroll gives you a delicious sense of relaxation and dreamy repose. However, if you are looking for the most vibrant neighborhood, look no further than the traditional haunt of Getsemani with its distinctly bohemian feel.
- The incredible Castillo San Felipe and the UNESCO recognized city walls
- A day trip out to the beaches of the Islas del Rosario or to Playa Blanca
- A night on the tiles in Getsemani’s vibrant Calle Media Luna