Hi, it’s me Marimonda. Hope all is well with you. Today, I’d like to continue to talk about Cartagena.
Cartagena has a great view with its beach. Boca Grande is a place where you should stay if you love playing on the beach. Beach-front hotels usually offer private beach for their guests, so it is much more relaxing and less crowded.
Boca Grande is located in front of the beach and it only takes about 10 to 15 mins by foot to the old town. You can just walk alongside the beach, so it was pretty fantastic. There are some benches occasionally, thus if you get tired you can sit down for a bit to rest your legs.
I stayed at <Hampton by Hilton> in Boca Grande, which I found reasonably priced and well-located. Everything is around the corner (Even Beach!) and it is in a pretty safe zone.
Seeing Boca Grande from old town, it reminds me of Miami. I am not sure why, but a line of skyrocketing buildings in front of the beach is the image that I have about Miami.
San Felipe Castle
On the hill of San Lorenzo, there is San Felipe Castle which was built during the Colonial era. It was the main entrance to Cartagena in the past and it is a significant touristic place today.
Since it’s located on the hill, you can see the scenery of the city and the beach. The entrance fee is 20,000 cop for Colombians and 25,000 cop for foreigners. It’s on the hill and Cartagena is pretty hot and humid, thus get ready for some exercise.
Don’t miss out walking through the tunnel. The whole castle is connected with a maze-like tunnel.
India Catalina was an indigenous girl from the coastal area in Colombia. She was kidnapped when she was young and learned Spanish to translate indigenous language into Spanish and vice versa. They built this big statue to honor the woman. It’s definitely a must-see thing in Cartagena.
Gabriel García Marquez’s House
Gabriel García Marquez is a world renowned writer from Colombia.
He is one of the greatest writers in 20th century, and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982 . Marquez wrote many masterpieces including <One Hundred Years of Solitude>, which is probably known the most in the world. In this book, he described a story in an isolated town named Macondo where people say the place was inspired by Mompox.
Anyway, the writer had a house in Cartagena in front of the beach. The brick building in the picture is his house. The beach in front of the house was pretty impressive.
The trip to Northern Colombian cities was sometimes extreme, but I had a lot of unforgettable memories. Each city has its own characteristic which made my experience richer. From the great nature to modern city, I could see the massive contrast, which I won’t be able to experience in this short amount of time.
In the following post, I would like to share some tips how to pack your stuffs to travel this area.
I hope you enjoyed the virtual trip with me. See you soon 🙂