As mentioned in yesterday’s post, this past Christmas we enjoyed a Panama Canal Cruise… which was awesome!
Well, while doing that Cruise we also got to visit some really great places near the Canal… one being Cartagena, Colombia… so today we wanted to share our pictures of Cartagena.
Before we do that though, a little about this historic place.
Cartagena lies on the Northern Coast of Colombia…
…very exciting for us as this was the first time we touched foot in South America! 🙂
Cartagena is Colombia’s 5th largest city with a population of almost 1 million people… and it’s a major economic center and tourism destination of Colombia.
Cartagena is quite the historic place as people settled in that area thousands of years ago. It only became Cartagena almost 500 years ago though, being named after Cartagena, Spain which is where many of the sailors who sailed with the Spanish commander who founded it came from.
Cartagena was a very wealthy city for a long time and due to that it was attacked numerous times by pirates and countries trying to take it over…
…hence the reason why you’ll see a huge wall around “Old Cartagena” when you’re here and why it has the most extensive fortifications in all of South America.
Actually, the walled section of Cartagena and the forts and port itself have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site… and an impressive one it is!
For almost 300 years Cartagena was ruled by the Spanish Empire but it finally gained it’s independence from Spain in 1811… but you’ll certainly see lots of Spanish reminders around in the architecture, food, culture, etc.
Alright, enough with the history lesson, let’s look around so you can get an idea of what to expect when your Cruise ship makes a stop here. 🙂
Here’s some live footage below of another treat we experienced while strolling through the alleys of Old Cartagena… street dancers! 🙂
We hope you liked taking a peek into Cartagena, Colombia with us…
…if you’ve been there and want to add something or you have questions, etc. make sure to leave us a comment below.
And if your interested in seeing the rest of our Panama Canal Cruise pics and videos then visit our Cartagena & Panama Canal Cruise photo & video gallery.
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Nancy & Shawn
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