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Cartagena, Colombia

Written by Raenelle on Tuesday, September 9, 2008

We started our South America adventure in the beautiful city of Cartagena on the Carribean coast.  After spending 9 days in Panama City organizing the shipping of our vehicle to Colombia and awaiting the departure of our container ship, we were eager to see something new!  With our vehicle loaded on a cargo ship in Panama, we hopped on a plane and flew into Colombia at night.

CartagenaFrom the time we landed in Cartagena to the present time (10 days later near the middle of the country), we have been positively amazed, charmed, and wowed by this amazing country.  The people here are quick with a smile and a wave, extremely generous, caring, friendly and helpful.  Throughout the country (so far), we´ve seen some of the cleanest streets and neighbourhoods on this trip so far.  People appear to take pride in their surroundings.

Our 6 days in Cartagena saw us walking many, many kilometres around the city, exploring the many narrow streets bordered with beautiful spanish colonial buildings with verandahs, churches, parks, etc.  Cartagena has an interesting history – the city was subjected to many attacks from pirates, and so in addition to at least three forts, and an underwater seawall (to prevent surprise ship attacks), a large wall approximately 15 to 20m thick was built around the city.  The wall took about 200 years to complete and now separates the large city of Cartagena into the ´inner city´(within the walls) and the outer city.Raenelle

We spent most of our time in the inner city, although we ventured out on numerous occasions to visit the nearby waterfront, the impressive Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, a day trip to Playa Blanca, and a full day at the port completing the paperwork associated with getting our vehicle back.

We are thoroughly enjoying Colombia, and are so glad that chance (i.e. shipping routes) have brought us to this part of South America.  We´ve decided not to go to Venezuela since it´s a bit out of the way (would require a separate side trip), and we are happy to take it slower and to spend our time in Colombia and further south.

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Comment by Auntie Su
September 10, 2008 @ 7:43 pm

Hi, Robin and Raenelle:

It’s so great to read of all your adventures – just keep on posting the news! Buen viaje. Love, D and S xxx

September 12, 2008 @ 11:07 am

what do you mean slower??? You guys left just a few weeks ago? We hope you really do take it slow and enjoy… Otherwise you will just wizz by us, and we have no change to meet.. 😉

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