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OTHER FUN THINGS TO DO

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Explore the old city

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Cartagena’s historical district is a true gem of colonial architecture loaded with interesting historical tour sites where you can find anything from old churches, monasteries, colonial mansions and museums, to antique shops, modern bars, restaurants and other interesting attractions. Resembling a trip to the past but with all the amenities of the present, the best way to tour this historical UNESCO World Heritage Site is by foot.

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The gateway to the “old city” is la Torre del Reloj; an entry with a clock tower that initially allows access to the Plaza de Los Coches, and from there on to the rest of old Cartagena. There are three main neighborhoods in this area; Centro, San Diego, and Getsmani. Centro and San Diego are surrounded by “Las Murallas,” the world-famous fortified walls built to protect Cartagena. They extend for almost eleven miles and it took nearly 200 years to build them. This remarkable example of classic military engineering is very well preserved. Just outside the walls is Getsemani, an active colonial neighborhood where you find creative street art, outdoor parties, curious eateries, bars, handcrafted items, and a vibrant and friendly atmosphere. When you get tired of walking or if you simply want to explore in colonial style, you can hire one of the many horse-drawn carriages strolling the vicinity.

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Go to the beach

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The most attractive beaches are at the Rosario Islands, an exotic archipelago with white sandy beaches, tall palm trees, crystal-clear waters, and reefs ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving. You can get there by boat in about forty-five minutes, but if you can’t make it you can just visit Bocagrande, a popular beach in the city where you can meet people, see the sunset and make arrangements for the night’s party.

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Party at night 

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Cartagena is also a great party town where music and dancing are key to enjoy the night scene and meet the locals. Cartagena’s rich tradition of music and dance is deeply mingled into the fabric of life.

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You will find exceptional salsa venues, world-beat dance clubs, blues clubs, rock bars, pubs, places that play “crossover” music, which simply means the DJ’s mix up of popular genres such as salsa, merengue, vallenato, reggaeton, bachata, and cumbia. If you happen to be there in January you should go to the world-famous week-long Storyland festival -formerly known as Summerland- which is also the country’s biggest electronic music festival. Keep in min locals love to dress well and look nice according to the occasion, so don’t forget to find out what the dressing code looks like before you venture off into the night. It’s pretty safe at the clubs but remember to always stay aware and in control of your drinking limits to avoid bad experiences.

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