Cartagena de Indias

Las Murallas and El Centro

What comes to mind when you think of Cartagena (photos)?  Ok, admit it, some of you are thinking about “Romancing The Stone”.  The movie introduced lots of us to this city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast.  It’s a modern city of over 1 million people with high rises lining the harbor.  Yet the heart of the city is the old town which dates back to Cartagena’s beginnings in the mid 1500’s, particularly the inner city which consists of the historical districts of El Centro and San Diego.  Here you can wander the narrow cobbled streets and alleys among gems of colonial architecture with churches, monasteries, plazas and mansions with balconies draped in bougainvillea.  The outer walled city of Getsemani is less impressive but has its charms and is worth exploring. Continue reading