Pirates and romance in Cartagena

escaping stasis

We recently spent three days wandering the enchanting maze that is Cartagena’s old city.

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Cartagena de Indias was a pivotal port for the Spanish colonialists of the 16th century. The impressive wall surrounding the old city and the imposing Castillo San Felipe de Barajas were built to protect Cartagena and the wealth amassed by the Spanish from pirates sailing and pillaging across the Caribbean. The entire walled city is now a UNESCO world heritage site, and is quite something to behold.

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