Before arriving in Cartagena I had read that it was a photographers dream. It did not disappoint. The city is spectacular. Of course this is balanced by the fact that it is a hugely popular tourist destination and, as such, comes with the truly endless supply of hawkers and vendors trying to sell you stuff. A firm but polite “No gracias” usually does the trick.
Founded in 1533, Cartagena served as the Spanish port for the exporting of silver back to Spain and the importing of African slaves to the overseas Spanish empire.
We had 3 full days in Cartagena and were able to take in everything we wanted to see. We stayed in a lovely little boutique hotel in the Getsemani neighbourhood, just outside the walled city. From there we were able to check out several excellent little restaurants and were a short walk to the main attractions.
If you want to see more images of our time in Cartagena come check out my instagram page where I am posting several more of them. @peterpecksen
“I need to get to Cartagena!!!” – Kathleen Turner repeats endlessly in “Romancing the Stone”…