For Thanksgiving break Jenna and I got a great deal through Exito Travel on a combo package of a flight and all-inclusive beachfront hotel in Cartagena so we decided to take our first trip to the coast here in Colombia. We were accompanied by Heather and David who we have known since our Honduras days for the weekend. Our hotel was located in Bocagrande and provided us the great views of the beach below.
Closeup of the old city from out our hotel window.
Heather leaning out her window from the room next door to check out the sunset.
The draw for most visitors to Cartagena is the old walled city built by the Spanish when they colonized Colombia. We spent part of a couple days there checking out all the old architecture, narrow streets, and beauty of the place.
Photo Op on the walk from the hotel over to the old city.
View toward a beautiful cathedral in the old city from the waterfront.
This was a low part of the wall... just for a little bit of scale.
I love this style of building which lined the narrow streets. The wooden overhanging balconies and large wooden doors were mostly well-maintained or restored in the old city.
Mom and Dad this picture is for you! Check out the name of this jewelry store!
Headquarters of the Spanish Inquisition in Colombia. Apparently there is a tour you can take through this place where they show you all the devices used to torture people, but unfortunately I didn't read about this tour until I got back to Bogota... next time I guess.
More narrow streets with beautiful buildings.
Jenna and Heather walking on the wall.
The gathering of people up ahead there is the Cafe del Mar which is a very pricey bar/restaurant built on top of the wall to the city. It was however a perfect place to grab a bottle of wine and watch the sunset over the Caribbean!
Jenna, Heather, and David waiting for the vino.
Wine + Sunset + Old Cannon = Beautiful
Some nifty looking lights on the walls of the old city after dark.
There was also an old fort built on a hill overlooking the old city which was of course used to guard against any invaders. After declining the tour guides and the audio devices to tell us about the fort, we decided to make up our own stories of the history of the place and had quite a good time at it. I won't share our silly stories, but it certainly made the visit interesting.
There were lots of tunnels in the fort to explore... almost all of which I could stand up in. Shocking!
At the top of the fort enjoying the views.
Apparently the fort was built onto a very large rocky hill so that it was naturally very easy to defend.