It’s fairly obvious what has made Cartagena Colombia’s number one tourist destination. It is a city with an air of fantasy that is palpably real, and a history that is firmly ensconced in the present day.
Its is truly a fantastically rich story: featuring a conquistador claiming Karib territory; fire claiming the conquistador’s burgeoning town; a cocky Sir Francis Drake putting a rebuilt, fire-proof port to a hefty ransom; an untold amount of stolen indigenous riches leaving the port for Spain; and enormous amounts of Kingdom money spent in making the city impenetrable. It has seen slave-trading; dearly bought independence; brisk commerce; waves of new-comers; and, now, after so many twists and turns, the former capital of New Granada is more than ready to share its steamy, intoxicating charm with the world.
The city’s people, from the poorest of poor to the outrageously rich; from different heritages including freed African slaves; Syrian, Palestinian, Lebanese, and Chinese immigrants; and people from around Colombia, join together to make this a city – just like its country – of massive contrasts, vibrancy, and optimism. It is their turn to write their story, and it’s guaranteed to be one well worth participating in.Read more