After many months of travel and visits to Medellin and Bogota in Colombia, I was completely sick of airports and wanted a different option for heading back to Panama so I opted for a sailing between Cartagena, Colombia and Puerto Lindo, Panama on a catamaran. I’ll talk more about the sailing next week but in order to join the ship I had to go to Cartagena, Colombia. This week’s video is a quick look at the coastal city.
Cartagena is on the Caribbean coast of Colombia and, like many Caribbean and pseudo-Caribbean former Spanish colonies (like San Juan Puerto Rico or Panama City, Panama) it’s broken down into the historic district full of old Spanish architecture and defensive fort remnants and the rest of the city, which is more modern. I found the people in Cartagena to be welcoming and friendly, however, it seemed like a tourist trap to me. At risk of offending the people from Cartagena, I didn’t see what it had to offer that was much different than any other Caribbean port city and, having traveled in the Caribbean extensively because I used to work on cruise ships, I think there are nicer places to visit. I met plenty of travelers that were enamored with the city, however, so you’ll have to see it for yourself to decide. To get a quick preview, check out the video below for a look at the historic area.