Colombia
El Cabrero

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  • Day35

    Cartagena No. 2

    November 12, 2017 in Colombia

    Second day in Cartagena was rather lazy. After another typical Colombian breakfast including patacones (salty banana patties), we showed up for the city tour which turned out to be rather boring and no value add to the info tables in the city. Thus, we left early and went to look at the Inquisition Museum which was the former Palacio de la Inquisición. Very nice architecture, not that much info ;-) Probably the nicest thing: meeting Sumi again coincidentally whom we had gotten to know in Bogotá a week ago!

    Afterwards we relaxed in a nice café (almond milk included :-)) and fetched the laundry (Bertram still fighting to get everything back into the backpack as I write).

    Likely, we will have a quick meal before taking the bus to Santa Marta tonight.
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  • Day126

    Cartagena by night

    February 2 in Colombia

    We reached Cartagena early in the evening. We didn't have any booking for stay here so we decided to walk out of the airport and look around. We had looked at the prices in booking.com and had an idea on what to look for. The area around the airport was a residential one and reminded me amd Hristo about my hometown Chandigarh in India. Actually, the houses were quite like our house in Chandigarh. Simple 1 floor houses with a porch in front and lots of greenery around.
    Within a km of the airport, there were 5-6 hotels and hostels so we walked around and then finally decided to stay at Chill House Hostel about 800 mts from the airport. We negotiated the price for a 3 bed room with a shared bathroom for 105000 COP.
    The old town of Cartagena was 5 kms away from the hostel. At the hostel, we learnt an interesting fact about the local transportation. One could take a shared taxi (all yellow colored cars) from anywhere near the airport to the old town or anywhere along the way for a fixed price of 2000 COP per person. This was a very convenient arrangement, so we decided to go and check out the old town in the evening itself.
    After a long long time, we were saw small roadside kiosks selling cheap local food items. This is what we had been missing all the time in Chile and Argentina. We had loved to explore the local food in Bolivia and Peru bit had never found anything similar in the "much more developed" Chile or Argentina.
    Colombia was a dream come true food wise amd atmosphere wise. We gorged on the local food items like the roasted goat cheese, raw cheese, corn etc. It was nice and pleasant and people were out enjoying the weather and the food. We didn't really feel threatened or intimidated as is normally associated with the whole Colombia. After a gap of 2 months, it was time to enjoy the food and that too at a cheap price.
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  • Day130

    Buses to Barranquilla

    February 6 in Colombia

    We had been used to the infrequent bus services in Patagonia, off late, so we decided to go to the bus terminal and find out about the bus frequency to Barranquilla which we intended to take the next day. There didn't seem like a single common bus terminal but an individual bus terminal for each operator. 😨
    Luckily, they all sewmed to be in the same area within 2 kms of each other. This place was about 3 kms from the old town, so we decided to walk till there. On the way, we passed the old city fortified walls which on close observation were made of corals from the sea around. We passed through Parque Apollo with its unique Iglesia el Cabrero. Just opposite the park is Rafael Núñez's cabin. Rafael Núñez Moledo (September 28, 1825 – September 18, 1894) was a Colombian author, lawyer, journalist and politician, who was elected president of Colombia in 1880 and in 1884. From here, we walked along the beachfront towards Marbella area where the bus stops were. It was extremely windy near the beach and the sand being kicked up from the beach, made it hard to walk near the road. The sand was flying all across the roads and hit in the face with piercing force. It was easier to walk in the wet part of the beach where the sand wasn't dry enough to fly.
    One by one, we went to all the bus terminals. We realized that there we quite frequent buses to Barranquilla. The one having the most connections was Berlinas, going every 10-15 min. Having figured that part of the next step in our trip, we walked back to the old town.
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  • Day130

    Las Bovedas

    February 6 in Colombia

    From Marbella area we walked back to the old town of Cartagena. This time we walked in from an area we had not been in before. The first place we went to was Las Bovedas.
    Las Bóvedas (The Vaults) are a structure in the Old City of Cartagena in Colombia, attached to the walls. They were built as dungeons. They are located between the forts of Santa Clara and Santa Catalina. The cells in the dungeon now house shops, boutiques and other businesses along the stout walls protecting the old city of Cartagena.
    The arcades deep in the walls were designed as storage vaults but were used as prison cells during the civil wars in the 19th century; at high tide, the unfortunate internees were up to their knees in seawater.
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  • Day130

    San Diego area

    February 6 in Colombia

    From Las Bovedas, we walked nearby to the San Diego neighborhood. The main place to converge in this area is the San Diego plaza. The plaza is surrounded by brightly painted houses with flowering balconies and narrow cobbled streets lined with bars and restaurants.

  • Day130

    Plaza de San Diego

    February 6 in Colombia

    Plaza de San Diego remains a lasting relic of the city's wealth, acquired at the peak of the gold, sugar, and slave trade. The plaza is a popular place for dining out. There were many restaurants around the plaza, each offering a unique variety of cuisine. It was 4:30 pm, so we stopped by at one of the restaurant for our lunch.
    During the day, there are stalls with various goods, from local crafts and jewelry, to paintings and Cuban cigars. In the evening, local artists perform live music, adding to the atmosphere of this area.Read more

  • Day130

    Exotic fruits

    February 6 in Colombia

    Walking in the Centro, we had an idea. We decided to go in to one of the supermarket and buy one or two pieces of all the exotic fruits we could find there. The plan being we would get to know how it looks like from the outside and how it tastes as well. We bought the fruits and took them back to the hostel, but with so many fantastic food kiosks on the way, we didn't eat them that evening.

  • Day34

    Hot day in Cartagena + Independence Day

    November 11, 2017 in Colombia

    The high expectations of Cartagena were met! And it was the day of the yuca :-)

    After yoga on the roof terrace st 06:30 (and despite the early timing it was already soooo hot) and nice breakfast with (—> Yuca No. 1) very nice yuca cake we left in the burning heat, jumping from shade to shade and explored the touristy yet really beautiful historic city of Cartagena. Our favorites were:
    - the many beautiful, colorful colonial buildings
    - plazas bustling with life
    - info tables on every 2. house explaining the original use of the buildings

    After a lunch break with (—> Yuca No. 2) delicious yuca fries, we went out of the old town as more and more people came in for the Independence Day festivities and climbed the old Castello San Felipe for a nice view over both the old city and the new skyscrapers.

    Best possible ending if the day: fresh coco + lime lemonade on a plaza near our hotel.

    Tomorrow, we have a city tour planned in the morning, get our laundry back (yeah!) and visit the Inquisition Museum.
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  • Day126

    Cartagena by night

    February 2 in Colombia

    After the dinner, we walked around in the old town enjoying the lovely atmosphere and the nice classic buildings. It was quite different than the drab and dreary town we had got used to in Patagonia. People were out everywhere, there were street kiosks and families enjoyed the street artists and open air food places.

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