Forget your candy and chocolate, for me a real treat is exploring somewhere new. And if that somewhere happens to be a far-flung UNESCO World Heritage Site, then so much the better!
After a fantastic treat in the form of a dugout canoe ride through mangrove swamps, we returned to the historic centre of Cartagena for a wonderful walking tour.
The majority of visitors flock to El Centro, the historic heart of the Old Town, and we were no different.
El Centro is where most of the upper class folk lived during colonial times. Walking along picture-postcard streets, between beautifully renovated buildings, it was easy to imagine yourself back then. And our guide José from Cartagena Tour Guide seemed to know the history of every last stone.
We took a brief stop at the shops of Las Bóvedas in the San Diego district, although more to avoid a brief rain shower than to do any serious shopping. In fact, it was the architecture of these former barracks, built within the 50-foot thick city walls in the 1790s, that grabbed my attention.
The working class neighbourhood of Getsemaní is located in the southeast part of the World Heritage area. Here we got a feeling for what old Cartagena felt like before and after the gentrification that has swept through El Centro.
The historic walls and streets of colonial Cartagena couldn’t be more different from how most of the world imagines Colombia. Thanks very much to Martin of Cartagena Tour Guide for setting us up with such a knowledgeable guide in José to introduce to this captivating city!
This post was inspired by this week’s photo challenges of Treat from Jen of The Daily Post and Jo’s Monday Walk.
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Love all of the imagery!
Thanks very much, Miss Rajput!
It looks beautiful. I love the colors – so bright and cheery. This is a very nice treat viewing your photos:)
Ha ha – I noticed how you used ‘Treat’ there, Sandy! 😀
interesting write up and lovely pics.
Glad you enjoyed it, Mukul!
Thank you for sharing these lovely photos, I enjoyed looking at them and reading your beautiful post.
Nice of you to say so, Arlene!
Plaza de la Aduana looks magnificent, Jaspa. I love the combination of balconies and arcades. Many thanks for sharing. Hope nobody tricks you tonight. Happy Halloween! 🙂
Arcades, and especially balconies, did seem to be very popular with Spanish colonists in South America, Jo. Not that I’m complaining!
Gorgeous photos. I want to go there. 🙂
And I’d love to go back, Sylvia!
It certainly was, Jude!
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Looks much as I remember it. We were there in 1988!!!
It’s nice that some things don’t change, Jackie.
Enjoy the pictures of your travels.
That makes me happy, Linda!