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Jan 22, 2012 - Cartagena, Colombia

We arrived in Cartagena, Colombia, around 9:00 am this morning. Located in the northwestern area of South America, Cartagena sits on the northern coast of Colombia and shares its borders with Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Panama. Situated so close to the equator, Colombia doesn't have seasons and maintains an average temperature of 82 degrees. Today was clear, sunny, and hot. The main points of interest in Cartagena are the Old Walled City, the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas fortress, the Palace of the Inquisition, the Las Bovedas...

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Panama Canal

Mar 11, 2011 - Cartagena

Friday, March 11, 2011 We separated into two small buses for our tour of Cartagena today; Roque (Rocky) was the guide with our bus. We were prepared for the 90° heat with hats, sunscreen and sun glasses. Our tour leaders are very considerate with providing water. We tackled the most strenuous part of our tour first; a steep climb up to the top of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, an impregnable fort, and the largest built in all the Americas, as a defense against pirates who raided and pillaged Cartagena numerous times. It started out...

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South America

Feb 25, 2011 - Cartagena

On the way to the bus terminal, the taxi driver tells me that the RR along which we are driving is used but only for transporting coal from mines inland. We are taking the long but less traffic way and see the underbelly of S.M. - trash, litter all along the road. I guess it's really a toss up, the litter/trash in Venezuela vs Colombia. Just as much here but in places hidden from tourist/wealthy peoples view, not as spread out as in Venezuela where it is everywhere the same. We get out of taxi and immed. a guy asks 'Cartagena?' and hustles...

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South America Plus

Oct 14, 2010 - Cartagena - Colombia. Great tour - high humidity.

Sunrise at 5.51am, arrival in Cartagena at 7am. Excellent tour today with Pedro – Deluxe Cartagena & Fortress. We explored both the old and the new. Highlights were the Fort of San Felipe de Barajas; handicraft shopping at Las Bovedas; Inquisition Palace, to view the various jails and forms of torture chambers; San Pedro Claver Church; Navy Museum; a folklore show; Colombian emerald shopping at the Pierino Gallo and seeing the beautifully restored mansions, The historical Old Walled City was fabulous. Temperature today of 33C – but wait for...

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Where is Shirley?

Aug 11, 2010 - Colombia...The Northern Parts

Flying into Cartagena, Colombia was an absolute dream compared to the buses we were used to. We healed one of the wounds of the theft on the previous day by getting T a new camera in our stop over in Panama City...this started the process of turning the frowns upside down. We were still really shaken by the previous day but as soon as we saw our friends Cara and Clive we knew our luck was about to change. After some long hugs and high fives we settled into a few beers and swapped stories from our travels. It was fantastic to see some...

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Jul 17, 2010 - Beautiful Colombia

On the 17th of July we traveled to Cartagena, Colombia. This is such a beautiful place, and we have had such a fantastic time here. So therein lies my excuse for not blogging at all the last two weeks. We were out and about investigating this picturesque city and having a truly fantastic honeymoon. Here's a few highlights from the trip to Colombia and a stack of photos so you can see just why we were so captivated and just couldn't find the time to blog. The Streets of Cartagena It's so pretty here, the narrow streets are lined with...

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May 4, 2010 - Cartagena, Columbia

Left Panama City 11:54am with two stops...unfortunately, or fortunately, we noticed just before getting on the plane in Panama that they had issued tickets continuing on 5/5 instead of this eve...after some discussion, they very nicely changed the continuing flights but in doing so the last leg from Bogota to Cartagena is now leaving at 9 and arr at 10:45pm! So we called the Casa Viena where we hoped to stay, they do not have room but said no problem, when we arrive they will find us a place nearby. Now we are in the Bogota airport, hanging...

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South America Plus

Mar 26, 2010 - Cartagena Columbia

Cartagena: tours seemed pricey. Simple bus ride, with narration, downtown; two hours of shopping/exploring in old city, and bus ride back to ship was $39. We were offered taxi - one way - for $15, but $40 for the driver to stay with us all day. Took latter. Bad news: driver spoke little English, us no Spanish. Good news: were able to communicate about 2/3 of time, driver took us to the obligatory 5-6 jewelry stores, apparently to meet his quota, and then began to show us around, getting us into museums and churches in the old city. We chose...

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Panama Canal Cruise

Mar 7, 2010 - Last day in Cartagena

Today is Sunday and the streets in the old town are much quieter. It's also overcast so mercifully cooler. Having six full days here has allowed me to take it easy and not try to cram too much in one day. I even had a nap this afternoon. :) I think my favourite time in Cartagena is evening. Starting just a little before sunset until about 10:00 pm. The air is cooler, and although the streets are still filled with people, the pace is more leisurely. All the tourists are out, having a drink, looking for a place to have dinner, and riding in...

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Mar 4, 2010 - Cartagena

Hello from Cartagena! This is my third day in the city. I'm staying right in the middle of the old walled town, founded in 1533. Most of the buildings in this part have been restored and are painted bright colours with wooden balconies, many of them draped in bougainvillea and other flowers. It's a busy touristy city. I think everybody who comes to Colombia on vacation passes through Cartagena. It feels very safe, with lots of police around. I'm happy I gave myself lots of time for Cartagena, because it's hot and humid here all day long and...

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Jan 14, 2010 - Cartagénial!

Cartagena de Indias est classée par l'UNESCO au patrimoine mondial de l'humanité, et classé à l'unanimité par les 2 soeurs Cousi et le fils Landreau "La plus belle ville du Voyage", classement final disponible dans 3 mois. Cependant, notre première impression a été négative, car, arrivés à 21h, il a été difficile de trouver un hébergement. Pour nous deux, cette impression était similaire à la première que l'on a eue à Salvador de Bahia, pauvreté, chaleur humide, regards méfiants, et ce même sentiment de ne pas être à notre place, beaucoup...

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Jan 5, 2010 - The $78,000 dinner

Two lengthy flights took us out of Brazil and into Colombia yesterday and have left us trying to sort out the cost in USD and relative cost compared to other services in-country of a $78,000 dinner and a $8,600 taxi. The exchange rate here is whack--$1,900 COP to $1 USD! But Cartagena, our first stop, is amazing. The inner city, walled in from the rest of the town, is quaint, colorful and friendly. Off for some exploring and beach time today. Perhaps a mud bath and mangrove swamp tour tomorrow. I <3 vacation.

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