Cartagena, Columbia

A beautiful city

Such a beautiful city! Cartagena is a real treat for the cruise ship passenger. There’s a five minute walk to get out of the cruise port, and you’ll then be faced with a sort of organised chaos as you get yourself into a taxi. The taxi drivers have blue or yellow shirts, with the blue ones seeming to be favoured by the cruise port – we’ve used both and can only say that the blue ones are a bit more expensive! Grab a map from the tourist information booth and make sure you know where the port is on it – very little English is spoken here, so pointing and smiling are very important! Make sure you visit the old walled town, be ready for lots of street vendors – they’re just trying to earn a living, be firm and you’ll be ok. Wander and be knocked out by its loveliness, visit the Palacio de la Inquisicion – weird but interesting, and then when you’re too hot, get to the city wall, grab a cab and go to the Caribe Mall – very few tourists here but great, good value shopping for shoes, clothes and handbags. Taxis are readily available where ever you go. Enjoy – it’s fabulous!