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Experiencing the best of Cartagena Colombia

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Heading to Colombia soon? If you plan on experiencing the best of Cartagena Colombia, it is advisable to look up a guide to plan your travels there. Thankfully, this article will do much to help you in this quest, as you will see below…

1) Walled City of Cartagena

Constructed to fortify this vulnerable trading settlement from attacks by opposing colonial powers and pirates, the Walled City of Cartagena became a formidable challenge to any invading force upon its completion in the early 19th century.

In the present day, it is a charming place for travelers to explore and discover sights and experiences that can be found around any given corner. From historical and cultural sites that will be explored in further detail below, to bars and restaurants offering up the finest in Colombian cuisine, there is much to like about this corner of South America.

2) Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

The spearhead of this cities’ offensive prowess was Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, as it is located on a point of land where the comings and goings of ships could be tracked. This allowed the highly valuable shipments of gold bullion to be protected from pirates within sight of land, and it also acted as a deterrent to those that sought to lay siege to the city.

Its superior positioning ensured its survival to the present day, with tons of battlements in pristine condition compared to similar fortifications around the world.

3) Las Bóvedas

When invading buccaneers were caught by security forces over the years, they were taken to Las Bóvedas, the city’s dungeon. While these thick cell blocks within this section of Cartagena’s walls once held prisoners that despaired their bad fortune, today they are home to a number of boutiques that trade in a variety of Colombian handicrafts, making it a great place to pick up souvenirs for loved ones back home.

4) Plaza Santo Domingo

If you are looking for a place to chill out, people watch, and enjoy a great meal, there is no better place within Old Cartagena then Plaza Santo Domingo. With statues, lots of classic Spanish architecture, and numerous restaurants to choose from, it is the perfect place to enjoy the Old City after the sultry equatorial sun has set.

5) Cathedral de San Pedro Claver

Finally, make sure you make time to see Cathedral de San Pedro Claver before moving on in your Colombian adventures. Named after a priest that made it his mission to help newly freed slaves get their footing after being liberated from their servitude elsewhere in the West Indies, the story of the padre behind this place will be equally as captivating as soaring arches and design of this place.

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