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Cartagena de Las Indias, Colombia

Updated on March 11, 2013
Cartagena de Las Indias
Cartagena de Las Indias | Source

Colombia's jewel on the Caribbean Sea is Cartagena de Las Indias. Cartagena is a walled city that is alive with culture and activities. The streets of Cartagena are full of attractive homes and public buildings. They are colorful and are architectural wonders. The walled city of Cartagena has so much character and carisma. It is no wonder why it attracts tourists from all over the world.

Cartagena is a city where you will never be bored. There is always something happening. There is bull fighting in January, Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria in February, the International Film Festival in March, the Caribbean Music festival in March, the Cartagena Sailing Championships in June and July, the Summer Festival in June and July, the Miss Colombia Competition in November, and the Jazz Festival in December.

An attractive street scene
An attractive street scene | Source
Downtown Cartagena
Downtown Cartagena | Source
Plaza in Cartagena
Plaza in Cartagena | Source
Traditional neighborhood
Traditional neighborhood | Source

The city of Cartagena is a fabulous backdrop for all of these events, with its colorful neighborhoods and spectacular architecture. This walled city is one of a kind and truly Colombia's jewel on the Caribbean Sea. It has been the site for many movies, including “Romancing the Stone.” It has been and continues to be an International destination. The walled city of Cartagena has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Some of the beginnings of Cartagena date back to about 4000 BC. With all of that age comes a lot of character.

Muralla by the Caribbean
Muralla by the Caribbean | Source
Buggy rides for tourists
Buggy rides for tourists | Source
Cartagena's colorful streets
Cartagena's colorful streets | Source

This Spanish Colonial city was founded in 1533, and has grown to about a million people and now is the fifth largest city in Colombia. People have moved here from all over the world and for a while there was a migration of wealth from Bogota. Long ago the city was protected by a fort called Fort San Felipe de Barajas. It was constructed between 1639 and 1657 and expanded in 1762. They also built about 7 miles of walls around the city. The entire project from engineering to completion took over 208 years. The fort was never breached. It still stands tall ready to defend Cartagena. It is a popular tourist site.

Amazing architecture
Amazing architecture | Source
Fort San Felipe de Barajas
Fort San Felipe de Barajas | Source
Fort San Felipe de Barajas
Fort San Felipe de Barajas | Source

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    • csgibson profile image

      Craig Gibson 5 years ago from Traverse City Michigan

      I added a video to this hub.

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      Kbdare 5 years ago from Western US.

      Thanks for sharing, Cartagena de Las Indias seems like an exciting and gorgeous place to visit. The pictures in this article are beautiful!