RU  UK  EN
Статьи  >  Visit  >  Travel to Columbia. Another Cartagena

Travel to Columbia. Another Cartagena

Автор: 09.08.2019 | travel, Columbia, Cartagena
In the world there are two Cartagenas. In both, their inhabitants speak Spanish, love bullfighting, and in the evenings they go to the beach to skip the mojito and breathe the salty wind. But only in one of them a rhythm of hot salsa, placers of emeralds and pearls can burst into a languid city walk, and bright, hot beauties can cross the road. And this is Colombia!

To cut a long phrase short, Cartagena de Indias is a city resort, a dream of bright colors. If you come to it from the ocean, then on the shores of the traveler you will be met by expensive yachts, skyscrapers of glass and concrete, comfortable hotels, expensive boutiques, beaches, flamingos strolling along the pier and parrots, and so strive to get into the bag. This is a new modern part of the city, which is conditionally divided into three districts. Here live the wealthy citizens of Cartagenas.0005245636.jpg
Photo radionica.rocks

It gathered business centers, offices of foreign companies, on the roads are signaling new car industry, until night restaurants and bars are opened offering dishes from all over the world and, of course, fresh Caribbean lobsters, lobsters, oysters. The fact that this international resort is especially experienced in the evening. Then the crowds rush to the beaches. Local and foreigners quickly dismantle sun loungers and canopies, sipping cocktails. Workers go out to work here, offering food and souvenirs, massage therapists ready to massage their shoulders after a hard day. Music plays: reggae, bossa nova, latina. Animators invite holidaymakers to play. The greatest originality, perhaps, stands out when the organizers offer people to join hands and stand in a circle. Then one of the participants in the game is given a tool with bare electrodes and turn on the current. And let him not great strength, but everyone "gets". This causes fun and laughter, but more for those watching the attraction. No less exciting is the walk in the jewelers' salons of the district. Here they offer unique Caribbean pearls and bright high-quality green emeralds, which Columbia is famous for.ccfbdd4cdaa27bd5fbc8bbb1d1a87989.jpg
Photo pinterest.com

The second part of the city is historical. Old colonial buildings decorated with bright warm colors are adjacent to museums, galleries, dance floors, cozy cafes and souvenir shops. Here you can wander for hours in the labyrinths of stone-paved streets, admire the numerous churches, palaces, fortifications erected during the reign of the Spaniards, parks and avenues with many sculptures. By the way, the majority of the museums and exhibitions in the map are free. Walking in the Old City is not possible to tear your eyes from the balconies. For the inhabitants of Cartagena the decoration of the balconies is akin to sport. Everyone tries to emphasize this part of the dwelling: flowers, bright colors, lace curtains, decorative details, orchards, canopies. They do it not accidentally. Earlier in the year, Cartagena was chosen the most beautiful balcony. After that, the winner, as a prize, was allowed a whole year not to pay tax on real estate. Now such contests are not held, but the desire for beauty remained. You can look at the door handles. Citizens of Cartagena like to throw dust in the eyes and adore all sorts of catchy details. Handles on the doors in the city are striking in their diversity. More often they cut out in the form of some beast mythical or present. Underneath each such handle is a beater so that the guest can reach the owner.Cartagena-Colombia-shutterstock_543332395.jpgPhoto wendyperrin.com

Underneath each handle like that is a beater so that the guest can reach the owner. In the evening on the streets of Cartagena entertaining buses are going. The trip lasts about four hours. At this time passengers are entertained with live music, and the presenter tells about the city. At the same time, everyone is treated to rum, fed snacks, and at the end of the route is planted near one of the night discos. Unusual taxis also go along the Old Town. Drivers do not close or simply remove doors from cars. And this is not only to save on the air conditioner, but also so that passengers can sit down and jump out of the car on the go. Well, or cry out passing by the beauty of a couple of compliments. And there are many in Colombia. Women in this country are famous for their attractive features and figure. And Cartagena is considered the site of their greatest concentration. Perhaps, therefore, every year there is a beauty contest. But even those who do not reach the catwalk, try to embellish themselves in every possible way. Although without it, Colombians are among the top ten most attractive women on the planet. But, unlike many countries here appreciate the forms. For many years on one of the squares of Cartagena lies the sculpture of a naked full woman. It is her Colombians who consider the female attractiveness. Not forms, and fruit baskets draw attention of passers-by elderly ladies. In the Old Town there are many. They are dressed in national dresses. It's a fruit vendor. In the tray they have fresh freshly scrubbed fruits of watermelon, melon, mango, kiwi, papaya and pepinhos.Cartagena-Colombia-women-selling-fruit-shutterstock_349763375.jpgPhoto wendyperrin.com

In the third part of Cartagena there live those who are less fortunate in their luck. This is the poor quarters. One or two-storey houses in this area stretch far beyond the city. But despite this, tourists come here as well in search of an inexpensive hostel or to admire the small old churches, which are many.

Citizens of Cartagena are very friendly and often smile. They like to talk with strangers about the weather, distant countries and of course Gabriel Garcia Marquez. And although, in recent years, the writer lived in Mexico, the citizens of Cartagena consider him to be his own and even the personification of the spirit of the city. After all, it was Cartagena who made the once famous young journalist Marquez famous. When it comes to his creativity and fantasies, the interlocutors become serious. They are ready to argue that everything described in his books is the real truth. After all, in Colombia, anything can happen, and what the visitors can know about this, the inhabitants of Cartagena insist.cartagena-getsemani-1.jpgPhoto ciaobambino.com

Another person who local people like to chat about is Pablo Escabar. Ambiguous figure, the famous drug lord once lived near the city on a separate island. There he was shot in a shootout. Now the villa in which he lived was open to tourists.

Cartagena often meets tourists. Here come Argentines, Spaniards, US citizens. Many people come to Colombia for one or other festivals, which are constantly organized in Cartagena. The most famous of them are the International Film Festival, the Festival of Caribbean Music, the Latin American Theater Festival, the Cali Fair and the National Beauty Contest.699-original-1480x1004-85.jpegPhoto gap360.com

Both visitors and citizens of Cartagena often admire the sunset climbing the walls of the fort, which surrounds the entire Old Town of the city. There are a lot of loving couples, young people, that pile around and sort out the strings of guitars, escorting the sun. From the height of the fortifications, you can see the port, the modern part of the city and the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. People are sitting near the guns, which more than once defended Cartagena from pirates and other conquerors, the air is soaring, as the Colombians themselves assure, the best coffee in the world.

Cover photo picssr.com

Вам это будет интересно:
12 reasons to drop everything and go to Helsinki
One can get from Kyiv to Helsinki by car in less than a fortnight. In day and a half by railway. For more impatient travelers planes exist. Several airlines fly from Ukraine to Lapland. By sky it will merely take you two hours to reach crystal surface of the Gulf of Finland, famous saunas and clothes made of deerskin.
Baby, where’s your la-la-land: TOP-5 space places on Earth
Beaches, forests, deserts are not enough to say that you have already visited many parts of the earth. Definitely, you wanna something extraordinarily special? Why not! Humanity has flown into space a long time ago! Frankly speaking, the journey to Mars will seem too expensive even for a millionaire. After all, a trip outside the Earth costs the budget of a personal island.
Balkan constellation: 5 vibrant cities of the peninsula
Often the Balkan countries are deemed to be something very close to us in terms of mentality, culture and traditions, that traveling there seems to be something second-rate, no match for a trip to Europe, or to some islands. However, today we would like to tell about magic Balkan cities that can compete with the much favoured tourist centres!
Leather Tanneries in Fez: Rainbow palette of the East
Ancient Fez medina is firmly holding time in a criss-crossing maze of tiny alleyways and picturesque shops. The medieval town of craftsmen does not recognize modern technology, however, it is not difficult to trace a full production of cute handbag with embossed lettering. The leather for souvenir is produced there, in courtyards, and at a reasonable cost a tannery owner would reveal details of folk art with a millennial history.
Several facets of a multi-faceted Boston
Impressions of this city depend much on what you have visited before being introduced to it. After Los Angeles it may seem very business-like and culturally rich, after New York – provincial and old-fashioned somehow. In any case, it has a bright and memorable face of a gentleman from Massachusetts.
Iguazu Falls - Niagara Has Room for Improvement!
5 tons of water fall off into the ravine every single moment, roaring, raising steam and disseminating spatter in all directions. ‘Liquid wall’ of Iguazu Falls extends its crescent on the border of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.
Departure: Slovenia
Having taken tens of millions of visitors in a couple of hundred years, the Postojna Cave made Slovenia being proud of it because of the main tourist attraction in the whole country. The maze of stone tunnels, halls and corridors, carved by nature itself, plus modern services for guest travelers have made these grottoes one of the most popular in the world.
10 facts about Serbia
Balkans is the travel destination that is becoming more and more popular year by year. Perhaps, every traveler has its own favorite countries of the region, however, we cannot avoid telling about the main state of this semi-island Serbia.
Departure: Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan is called Middle Asian Switzerland. Mountains, rivers, waterfalls, caves, cols and green meadows aren’t a speck inferior in terms of aesthetics to European ones yet travelers haven't duly appreciated this country so far. Across-the-board exploration of the land by the state’s guests has only just begun. And alongside hotels that are being swiftly erected, ordinary yurts are still offered for residence to feel local natural.
Rice canvas. Tambo Art
The Japanese are very creative people, especially when it comes to rice. If they have some extra spare time and large spacious rice paddies, then routine process of growing an agricultural crop turns into art...
Montmartre of Belgrade
There are few ones similar to it. Around 400 meters long. With its special atmosphere. Small town inside a city. Cars don’t drive here. Here you can feel old uneven stone-blocked pavement beneath your feet with paintings on buildings around being so delusive that one cannot make out where there is a real window-balcony-door and where it is merely a picture…
Departure: Con Dao
The week passed in a desperate anticipation of vacations. I’ve been enthusiastically terrorizing GoogleMaps zooming in and out the precious dot of terrain against the background of deep blue ocean turn and turn about. At a reduced scale I saw open jaws of the Hollywood Alien, impudently teased by a midge at its very nostrils.
Bolivia: spilt salt spells tourists
It turns out possible to walk in heaven living on Earth. It is enough to go to the south of a small country of Bolivia, to one of the most extraordinary deserts of the world – Uyuni. When looking at pictures of tourists who had been there you can’t help asking: “Are you sure it isn’t Photoshop-made?”
Valga. City at the crossroads
People who like to travel usually visit the same places. Citizens of Paris, Venice, Rome, Krakow, Dresden have become accustomed to tourists for so long that they often look cavalierly at them, pouting their lips, while less known but no less interesting towns or villages always welcome guests.
If you have 10 dollars and you are in New York
Finally, one of our favorite categories reached the city, where dollars are considered as the main currency. Thus, we will not have to go around exchange offices and constantly convert prices. So, we go to such a different and exciting New York to spend our 10 dollars.
Salzburg attractions: A birthplace of geniuses
Here were born composer Mozart and poet Georg Trakl, here Haydn wrote his operas, and many other famous people are connected with Salzburg. But only a small part of local attractions is linked to these geniuses. A city with a fairly small population, thanks to its memorable places was listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site.
Gjirokastër: “Albanian Rome”
A function of UNESCO World Heritage Committee is to work in the most careful manner year after year on studying objects that constitute outstanding culture civilizations and are unique in their origins. Under number 569 of an impressive list of the organization city of Gjirokastër, the one from the south of Albania, is located – it is it we are going to study today through the length and breadth.
Ferris wheel goes round...
Except for Russian-speaking countries, nowhere else a round metal attraction is called a devil’s wheel. Named after its creator, Ferris wheel first opened panorama of Chicago city from 80-meter height in 1893. Since then rotating upright wheels with multiple passenger cabins began to spring up almost in every big city. OUTLOOK offers you to learn about the most impressive observation wheels.
Interesting not only in city centers. Residential districts of the world
There are hardly many travelers who would go somewhere further than city centre where their hotel is situated when on a short-term journey. And if location is a metropolis on top of everything else, such “outside” trips are sure to be put on hold till better occasions.
10 facts about Colombia
In the stereotypical perception of an average tourist all Latin America countries as like as two peas with their beaches, football, Spanish language and political instability. Of course, in reality, each of them is unique. Today we bring to your attention interesting facts about one of them, Colombia.
Закрыть
Outlook facebook page