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Classic Cartagena, Colombia with Marnella Tours

Starting as the first Spanish colony in South America, Cartegena is now a romantic and picturesque city full of life. It is known for its historic old town and colonial architecture, which sets it apart from the rest of Colombia. Today, Marnella Tours wants you to know all about this fantastic place.

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Cartagena, Colombia

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  • Located on the Caribbean coast, Cartagena is a mixture of South American and Caribbean. The city was founded in 1533 by the Spanish, as it was an important harbor for trade ships. Cartagena is now a popular port for cruise ships, which makes it accessible by sea and air.

 

 

  • The Old Town center of Cartagena is surrounded by 13 km (7 mi) of colonial stone walls. These walls can walked and toured to take in the city, and are especially great for watching gorgeous Caribbean sunsets. You can visit fortresses along the walls meant to protect the city from the English. These walls are a UNESCO World Heritage site for classic examples of military fortifications and an important way station for explorers of the time.

 

  • Inside the walls of the colonial city lies Old Town, a collection of colorful houses and buildings of colonial architecture. These brightly colored walls breathe life into the air of the city center. Balconies and walls are covered in the ever-blooming flowers of the bougainvillea, accentuating the already festive feel of Cartagena. Cobble stone streets maze through the city center, giving an excellent path for discovery if you want to walk around. The Cathedral of Cartagena (Metropliton Cathedral of Saint Catherine of Alexandria), finished in 1612, is one of the oldest episcopal sites in the Americas. Within, you’ll find it simply decorated with a marble pulpit. From outside, it stands as an exemplary style of colonial architecture.

 

 

  • The Convent de la Popa is a fortified convent on a 150-mile high hill. It was founded 1607. Leading to it is a road, which you can take a taxi up the zigzagging road to the top or the Steps of La Popa Mount. The steps leading to the top of the hill are steep, and can take up to 30 minutes to walk. Regardless of how you get there, the interior beauty of the convent features a flowered patio and a stunning image of the La Virgen de la Candelaria (patroness of the city). Exteriorly, you can get a great view of the city and surrounding areas from the top of a 150-mile high hill.

 

 

  • Outside of the main city is Playa Blanca (White Beach). This is where you’ll find the typical Caribbean-style beach, blue waters and white sand beaches. You can take a boat from the mainland quite easily, as they leave every day from port. There are a few options for visiting Playa Blanca. One is a day trip to this paradise. You can spend the day lying on the beach or swimming in warm, calm waters. The rustic beach bars and cabanas add a sense of island life. Another option is to stay overnight, giving you a chance to really take in the atmosphere.

 

  • The best of a few worlds, Cartagena offers up beautiful scenery and sunsets, a rich history, and an option of the beach life. What more could you ask for? This is why Marnella Tours wants to get you there.

 

 

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