|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.