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#321547 - 01/30/09 05:07 PM Off-topic Travelogue: Cartagena Colombia  
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I just got back from a trip to Cartagena, Colombia, and posted a travelogue and pics on my blog. For those, like me, who've never been, I highly recommend it. It was fun, safe and beautiful. You'll have a great time!

#321557 - 01/30/09 05:50 PM Re: Off-topic Travelogue: Cartagena Colombia [Re: belizelaw]  
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Thanks Belizelaw,

I have been trying to get FTWB to consider a visit there.

#321611 - 01/30/09 11:21 PM Re: Off-topic Travelogue: Cartagena Colombia [Re: Nancy1340]  
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I love Cartagena. My husband and I were there last January. A great city. We, too, felt absolutely safe. From there we flew to San Andres, then onto Isla Providencia. The latter is truly one of the hidden gems in the Caribbean. Absolutely beautiful, and very unspoiled.

#321671 - 01/31/09 10:59 AM Re: Off-topic Travelogue: Cartagena Colombia [Re: JeanH]  
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Thanks BL, I always enjoy reading your adventures. This sounds like a place we would consider.

#321712 - 01/31/09 12:52 PM Re: Off-topic Travelogue: Cartagena Colombia [Re: RMT]  
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JeanH, I really considered a side trip to San Andres and Providencia. But given we were there only five days, it just sounded too busy. This trip, I hit it just about right: we got to see a lot of stuff, didn't feel too rushed, but didn't feel like we ran out of things to do either.

#321779 - 01/31/09 08:04 PM Re: Off-topic Travelogue: Cartagena Colombia [Re: belizelaw]  
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sounds neat. thanks for opening my eyes to a place i may otherwise have not considered.

#321802 - 02/01/09 08:14 AM Re: Off-topic Travelogue: Cartagena Colombia [Re: sweetjane]  
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Wes, great read, as always! smile

I can never remember which is better . . . safe? . . . or sorry?
#321832 - 02/01/09 10:19 AM Re: Off-topic Travelogue: Cartagena Colombia [Re: Leah-Ann]  
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Thanks for the mind and eye opener.

#321837 - 02/01/09 10:47 AM Re: Off-topic Travelogue: Cartagena Colombia [Re: Danny2]  
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Thanks BL for the update. Cartagena was a stop I made on a cruise ship about 15 years ago on my way through the Panama Canal. What I saw of it was absolutely beautiful, although the vendors were extremely "diligent", to say the least. There was a lot of political unrest at the time, and Princess Cruises actually dropped that stop after our trip for a long period of time because of it. From what you report, it is much safer now, and that's great news as it was a beautiful city. The town square, the forts, pretty awesome. May have to put this on my list again now that you have scouted it out!

Change your Latitude
#321867 - 02/01/09 02:36 PM Re: Off-topic Travelogue: Cartagena Colombia [Re: shuffles]  
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belizelaw Offline
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It's a cool place, but there are still some diligent vendors. The common phrases by all the touts at Boca Grande was "Cabanas, Cervezas, Chicas." Playa de las Americas was much nicer (just north of town).

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