Where is John Lama? travel blog

The city of Cartagena is surrounded by thick walls called Las Murallas.

A great way to see the city is to walk on the...

From the city walls you have a great view of the ocean,...

My Spanish classes were held in this building.

 

These statues are in the courtyard outside a church near my school...

My hotel "Tres Banderas", Spanish for Three Flags, is down this street...

It was so damn hot in Cartagena, I decided to splurge a...

The girls working at my hotel were as friendly as they were...

My room... fridge, cable tv, internet, hammock, and air conditioning. Paradise!

My hotel was around the corner from the Plaza de San Diego,...

You can arrange a carriage ride from the Plaza de San Diego...

 

There are a number of these small "whiskeria" bars around Cartagena.

Facing the Plaza de San Francisco is Cartagena's most famous hotel, the...

The Santa Clara hotel is built around this beautiful central courtyard.

I met Ildegar one night hanging out in the Plaza de San...

Ildegar is from the coastal town of Santa Marta. "Costenos" tend to...

The colonial buildings in the old city are beautifully restored.

As a Unesco World Heritage site, Cartagena's old city should retain it's...

The remains of Saint Pedro Claver are kept in a glass coffin...

Costenos don't hesitate to paint their houses some pretty bold colors.

The sign says the cost for 13 bakery items is 1,000 pesos,...

No shortage of churches in this town.

When the belltower at the Santo Domingo church started to lean in...

The Plaza de Santo Domingo is right in the center of the...

Colombia's most famous artist Fernando Botero is known for his exaggerated proportions...

My favorite cafe, also a bookstore, was hidden behind the arches in...

 

It is a lot of fun to walk around Cartagena exploring the...

I love this little house.


My second stop in Colombia was the beautiful coastal city of Cartagena. Listed as a Unesco World Heritage site, the entire old city is encircled by massive canon-studded walls built in the 17th and 18th centuries. You can actually walk around much of the city on these walls enjoying great views of the charming colonial buildings in the old city.

Due to it's warm weather, gorgeous architecture, and relative security, Cartagena is the tourism capital of Colombia. While residents of chilly Bogota have always loved vacationing in Cartagena, foreign tourism has been growing rapidly in recent years.

My language school NuevaLengua holds classes in a small colonial building in the Getsemani neighborhood. This area is within walking distance of the more touristy old town, but thankfully far enough to avoid most of the touts who hassle foreign visitors.

The one problem was that my classroom was not air conditioned, and it was hotter than hell in July. It was hard to concentrate on my verb tenses when I was fighting off heat stroke. I had planned on two weeks in Cartagena, but seven days was enough to see what I wanted, so I departed a week early to the more comfortable city of Medellin.



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