Colombia
Plaza de la Aduana

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  • Day127

    Streets of Old Town

    February 3 in Colombia

    Now, during the day, as we walked around the old town, we saw many more food and fruit vendors. Near the Plaza de Coches, there were many vendors selling coconut and tamarind based sweets and savorys, while under the arches of the Plaza de Aduana, local artesans had opened small kiosks with local art and daily use items.

  • Day127

    Cartagena free tour

    February 3 in Colombia

    The free tour was an amazing trip into the history and culture of the beautiful town.
    The tour started with an introduction to India Catalina. She was an indigenous woman (almost certainly Calamari) from the Colombian Atlantic coast, who accompanied Pedro de Heredia and played a role in the Spanish conquest of Colombia, acting as interpreter and intermediary. Catalina was abducted in 1509 by Spanish conqueror Diego de Nicuesa from an indigenous settlement where she was the daughter of the local chief. She was sent to Santo Domingo, where she learned the Spanish language and adopted the Catholic religion. Pedro de Heredia required her to serve as an interpreter to the Native Americans.
    The city of Cartagena, known in the colonial era as Cartagena de Indias, is a major port founded in 1533, located on the northern coast of Colombia in the Caribbean Coast Region. The city was named after Cartagena, Spain, which in turn was named after Carthage in Tunisia. During the colonial era it was a key port for the export of Peruvian silver to Spain and for the import of African slaves.
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  • Day127

    More history in the tour

    February 3 in Colombia

    The Palace of the Inquisition, an elegant Colombian fortress was one of the torture headquarters for the Spanish Inquisition. A small window with a simple crucifix above it bears the legend, “Ventana de la Denuncia.” Here in this tranquil setting, heretics would be denounced and led inside to meet their fate. For this beautiful building was the torture palace of the Spanish Inquisition. In the over 800 trials which took place at the Palacio de la Inquisición, not a single person was ever found innocent.

    We also saw our first statue by Botero, a fat naked woman in one of the squares. Fernando Botero is a Colombian figurative artist and sculptor. Born in Medellín, his signature style, also known as "Boterismo", depicts people and figures in large, exaggerated volume, which can represent political criticism or humor, depending on the piece.
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  • Day129

    Chaos at the harbor

    February 5 in Colombia

    We reached the harbor slightly before 9 am. The boat was supposed to leave around 9 am. We were allowed to go inside the harbor after inspection of our tickets. Inside, its a small place where people sit and wait for their boats to go. It was quite hot and there was no shade except a small tent in one corner. Everybody tried to get into that shaded corner. It was packed there. Despite the tent, the heat of the sun passed through its thin white sheet easily and everyone was sweating. That aside, there was total chaos regarding the boats. The tickets didn't have any boat name or timings. People were walking around the small platform trying to find their boats and timings. There were boat operators shouting out names of their passengers. Most travelers being foreigners, the name calling too was not effective; people being called didn't realize it was their name being called. Some of the older people almost fainted due to the heat. It was a perfect example of mismanagement and it was hard to believe they do this every day. On top of all that, this wasn't even peak season. We too tried to squeeze in below the shade and waited for our names to be called. From 9, it went on to 9:30. Still no one called. We went over to the kiosk where we had booked our tickets. Their backside luckily opened into the port and we were able to get to them. We were told our boat would depart in 5 min. We were not happy about it since we had agreed on an early departure and a speed boat to take us there so we get enough time at the island since we were interested in snorkeling there. From 9:30 am, it went on to 9:50 am when our names got called and we sat in a boat. By now, almost 80% of the people that had been waiting had already left. We sat in the boat thankful we were leaving. The boat didn't look like a speed boat but we were happy just leaving the harbor. As it turned, the boat was a speed boat and had a fantastic pickup and top speed. Soon we passed the Monument of the Virgin and entered the open sea.Read more

  • Day129

    With the port police

    February 5 in Colombia

    By the time we finished our walk around the fortress, the rest in the group had finished their lunch and were returning to the beach where the boats were. After a while, we started our journey back. A lot of people in the boat were not happy with the way the boat operator, particularly the driver had delayed the boat the whole day and jad been very callous, in fact rude and indifferent when they had complained. One lady in particular was very vocal about it. Back at the harbor, she went to complain to the operator and we decided to go along and support her. The operator was sympathetic and asked us to go and complain to the harbor police who could then take some action against the boat captain. Here, we accompanied the rest and gave our voice to the complain. After that, we had our dinner in the old town, before returning back to our hostel.Read more

  • Day126

    Metal art near San Pedro church

    February 2 in Colombia

    Opposite the San Pedro Claver church is the Plaza San Pedro Claver. Here, there were quite a few metal figures depicting the daily life of the people in Cartagena. These were made by sculptor Eduardo Carmona.

  • Day126

    San Pedro Claver Cathedral

    February 2 in Colombia

    Prior to the arrival of the Spanish in 1533, Cartagena was inhabited by the Karib, Malibu and Arawak. Spaniards came and took over. Cartagena’s location on the Caribbean made it an important trading post (many slaves were put to horrible fates here) and a great place for profit for the Spanish. Cartagena’s economy was boosted by the slave trade. Claver was a Spanish Jesuit priest who baptized and proselytized slaves that arrived from Africa. He considered himself the advocate for slaves and was canonized in the late 1800’s. The church dedicated to him is a Cathedral in the Italian style.Read more

  • Day126

    Plaza de Aduana

    February 2 in Colombia

    This is the largest and oldest square in the Old Town and was used as a parade ground. In colonial times, all the important governmental and administrative buildings were here. The old Royal Customs House was restored and is now the City Hall. A statue of Christopher Columbus stands in the center of the square.
    A few meters away is the next big square of Plaza de los Coches. Previously known as Plaza de la Yerba, the triangular plaza just behind Puerta del Reloj was once used as a market for enslaved people. It is lined with old balconied houses with colonial arches at ground level. The arcaded walkway, known as El Portal de los Dulces, is today lined with confectionery stands selling local sweets. The statue of the city's founder, Pedro de Heredia, is in the middle of the plaza.Read more

  • Day127

    Street dancing Plaza Bolívar

    February 3 in Colombia

    As we crossed Plaza Bolívar, we saw the street dance performers gathering up. Soon, their dancing started. We were again mesmerized by their energetic performance and beautiful dance moves. This is something that is not to be missed if one is in Cartagena.

  • Day127

    Back to Getsemani

    February 3 in Colombia

    It was around 7:30 pm now. We decided to go back to Getsemani to our hostel. The way back to Getsemani was sprinkled with stops at the food kiosks and street graffiti. We tried some tamarind coconut sweets. They had a nice tangy flavor.

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