Cartagena – Colombia’s Most Romantic City

Lay eyes on Cartagena and prepare to be lovestruck. A major trading port in the days of the Empire, Cartagena is Colombia’s most picturesque, well-preserved colonial city. Its historic centre is enclosed by 11km of fortified stone walls, built to guard against marauding pirates. Beyond the walls is an enchanting city of cobblestone streets, brightly coloured mansions and elaborate cathedrals overlooking parks and plazas. Literature buffs will know the setting for Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s romantic epic Love in the Time of Cholera was almost certainly based on Cartagena, inspired by its state of decaying charm in the late 19 th century. Today, Old Cartagena is no longer the crumbling sailor’s outpost of Garcia Marquez’s imagination. As Colombia’s premier tourist destination, the city has undergone an extensive makeover. Grand homes and historic landmarks have been authentically restored. Cafes, museums and artisan craft stores have proliferated. Even the old horse-drawn carriages have returned, if only for the entertainment of sightseeing tourists. Sure, Cartagena is touristy [...]

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Six Reasons to Fall in Love with Medellin, Colombia

Six Reasons to Fall in Love with Medellin, Colombia Hailed as one of Latin America’s most progressive cities, Medellin’s inspiring approach to planning and urban renewal projects have transformed this city of almost 2.5 million from a notorious hotbed of crime and constant danger to a safe, vibrant and fast-developing metropolis. Medellin has become a favourite destination for many a traveller. Don’t be surprised to bump into tourists who’d planned to stay in Medellin for just a few days and ended up extending their stay for weeks. Interestingly, Medellin isn’t a city overflowing with ‘attractions’ in the traditional sense. We see it more of a place to soak up and experience rather than race around from one ‘must-see’ sight to the next. For many, this unconventionally tourist-friendly atmosphere is part of Medellin’s charm. Here are the top six reasons we think you too will fall in love with Medellin! [...]

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