After such an amazing time in Medellin and Bogota, I had fairly high expectations for Cartagena. What could be more perfect than heat, sun, sand, Colombian hospitality and a richly preserved colonial city.

Unfortunately, our accommodations here left us with a pretty terrible first impression. It was the first time in our five months that we decided to leave a booking early. I don’t really want to go over the details because in the simple life Dani and I lead we have talked about it non stop for the past three days. I am over it.

Thankfully moving to the old city completed reversed this poor impression! Cartagena does feel much different compared to the other cities we visited. There is a definite Caribbean vibe here which is super interesting. The old city is colorful and full of life and people (who all dress quite fancy… I do feel a bit underdressed going out in travel clothes at night)




We have been fortunate enough to be here during some sort of music festival so we were able to listen to some live orchestra music yesterday evening.

Also, what I can not get enough of is mango with salt and lime. There is SOOOOO much fresh fruit in the streets here it is amazing to have it so readily available for snacks. Thankfully all the fresh fruit is curbing my ice cream habit (for the time being anyway)


The weather has been hot, hot, hot! It still gets dark quite early so peak sun is about from 11-2 where it has been 30+! Pretty amazing!

Only one day left here and we are going to be spending it on Baru, on playa blanca. We saw some photos from some fellow travelers and it looks amazing! More photos to follow!


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