Colo­nial Splen­dor

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To pro­tect this key trad­ing cen­ter on Colom­bia’s Caribbean coast, Spain for­ti­fied Carta­gena by sur­round­ing it with fortress walls that are up to 20 feet thick.

Today Carta­gena is a draw for tourists who may en­joy join­ing lo­cals in drink­ing rum, danc­ing and bask­ing in the trop­i­cal sun.

When you visit Plaza de Bolí­var in the Old City, you can re­lax un­der ma­jes­tic trees. Fac­ing the plaza is the Palace of the In­qui­si­tion, a mu­seum that dis­plays in­stru­ments of tor­ture used dur­ing Spain’s In­qui­si­tion. It makes for a fas­ci­nat­ing yet dis­turb­ing visit.

Castillo de San

Felipe de Bara­jas is a com­plex of bat­ter­ies, tun­nels and hid­ing places that were built from stone to en­sure that no en­emy could sur­vive an as­sault on Carta­gena. The tun­nels were con­structed so that any sound would echo loudly enough to alert guards. Now

Carta­gena also has its fair share of lux­ury.

the fort is open to vis­i­tors who wish to walk through a piece of his­tory.

How­ever, Carta­gena also has its fair share of lux­ury. Most no­table is Boca­grande, sev­eral min­utes from town by taxi, which boasts a beach, re­sort ho­tels, restau­rants and night­clubs.

Taste of Carta­gena

For dessert, many Colom­bians en­joy ar­roz con coco, a creamy rice pud­ding sweet­ened with lemon zest and cin­na­mon.

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