Discover the Caribbean in Colombia
By José Ramírez |
Visit the Caribbean in Cartagena; travel to the past in the Walled City and enjoys the present by swimming along the marine beauties of Rosario Island.
A CULTURAL AND ECOTOURISTIC TRIP IN CARTAGENA
The Caribbean is a very popular tourist attraction around the world. Travelers often enjoy its white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, its natural wealth and of course, the welcoming spirit of Latino people.
What makes the Caribbean so rich and varied is that it’s not exclusive of a particular country. This area is shared by more than 17 sovereign territories, , Jamaica, and Dominican Republic, among many others. Today, including Cuba DINKtravelers wants to invite you to visit the Caribbean on the southern cone of America, in Cartagena, Colombia.
2 THINGS NOT TO MISS ON YOUR TRIP TO CARTAGENA
The city of Cartagena is a uniformed blend that offers travelers a cultural and ecotouristic experience. The first is due to the fact that during the 16th century it was one of the main ports in America; in fact, it was so important that during colonial times it was constantly ransacked by pirates. The latter is owed to its natural beauty, which comes from being located on the shores of the Caribbean.
THE WALLED CITY
Cartagena city is also known as the Walled City. It receives this name after the fortresses that used to protect the port, both of which were declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Walking through the stone-paved streets surrounded by colonial-style houses, the Walled City will surely take you on a journey to the past. But if you want to enrich this experience, DINKtravelers recommends visiting the Gold Museum and the Palace of the Inquisition. Likewise, take the opportunity to have lunch at local restaurants located in the Getsemani neighborhood. There, while trying some regional dishes, you can enjoy live music and watch the dances that are performed in the streets.
BARU ISLAND AND ROSARIO ISLAND
When traveling to Cartagena, most tourists want to make the most of their visit, so they usually hire a tour that takes them to Baru and Rosario Islands in one day. However, we have a better idea for you to embark on a different kind of adventure.
- Baru and Rosario Islands are very beautiful places, so we suggest avoiding a one-day trip, as it will not give you enough time to fully enjoy these landscapes.
- Stay in one of the Eco Hotels found in the Islands; from there, you can go to other islands or resorts without rushing.
- In many cases, boat tours delay their departure time to wait for more passengers to arrive. Therefore, although the journey is supposed to take 45 minutes, in many cases this time extends to an hour and a half.
- If you don’t want to wait, we recommend taking speedboats, for which you can negotiate a good price. Also, on many occasions you can find tours that include lunch or dinner at cheap prices, so look for promotions.
WHAT TO DO IN ROSARIO ISLAND?
As part of the island’s tourist attractions you’ll find the Oceanarium, where you can learn a lot about marine life in the region. On the other hand, if you like snorkeling or diving you can visit the Corales del Rosario National Natural Park, which is made up of 30 islands and covers an area of 120,000 hectares.
Finally, end this experience enjoying the islands’ local gastronomy. Indulge in a platter of lobster or crab with a side dish of rice and salad. You’ll love it.
Don’t hesitate to visit the Caribbean in Cartagena. Travel to the past in the Walled City and enjoy the present by swimming along the marine beauties of Rosario Island.