Cartagena, our last stop in South America, turned out to be our favorite city in Colombia! The city was founded by the Spanish in 1533 is now deservedly a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Shortly after it’s founding, the city was attacked by famous pirate Sir Francis Drake, which scared the Spanish and led them to build huge walls and fortifications all around the city.
The colorful colonial buildings with vine-covered balconies and the narrow, twisting streets are great for picture-taking and endless exploration. A truly beautiful, albeit hot, coastal city.
Cartagena also has a shining modern skyline of skyscrapers, creating an interesting contrast with the 16th century old town.
Awash in vibrant colors, history, and charm, Cartagena was a great last stop in South America! It’s also where all the private sailboats to Panama depart, and that voyage is what we’re doing now! Hasta luego, South America! I’m sure we’ll be back someday!