Colombia's colourful Cartagena

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November 5th 2014
Published: December 8th 2014
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Arriving in the rain was not the best introduction to Columbia, however once we eventually found transport, accommodation and sustenance, Cartegena proved to be lovely. Cartagena, a colonial walled city we’d heard highly of, is reminiscent of Havana - or what it would look like if reconstructed - filled with brightly coloured buildingz with wooden window shutters opening onto café filled plazas. We stay near the lovely Plaza de Trinidad in Getsemani neighbourhood just outside of the old city walls and spent our first day meandering our way through street markets, tourist shops, statues and some of the 6 miles of tenements.

Local ice cream and coffee kept us going until the afternoon when we met with Rudi and our fellow sailors from the Baruffa to retrieve our passports (as thorough as Customs were with our Ebola check, it seems it takes them a whole day to stamp a passport for entry). Not content to say goodbye yet, we chose a spot upon the old city walls to watch one more sunset altogether. This of course was one of those times that an afternoon catch up turns into dinner that quickly escalates to salsa with strangers in a crowded bar! There was even a local chica who was after Paul and his beard 😉

After a fairly slow start the next morning, we did our research into options and plans while in Colombia then opted for a half-day trip out to a mud volcano. Touted as a bit of a tourist trap, we decided to go anyway to be massaged with mineral rich mud so dense you are float. The volcano was less than impressive with only a 30m hill to be seen above ground. The mud however felt lovely, until you found a bit of grit or hair :-/ A fun bit of spa therapy after the between our time on the seas and trekking off into the jungle.


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