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Getsemani, Cartagena, Cartagena Province, Bolivar, Colombia
You know how some places look like they were painted into real life? Cartagena, Colombia is one of those places.
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See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. When the temperature rises and the Caribbean beckons, a day trip to a nearby island beach is a must. Catch an early-morning tour boat to Isla de Baru, where you can snorkel with iridescent blue fish....
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Cl. 35, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
One of the best things to do in Cartagena is to wander the streets at night. The city comes alive with music and laughter. La buena vida!
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Baluarte de Santo Domingo., Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
For a great place to start the evening in Cartagena, head to Café del Mar, located directly on the wall in the Old City. It's a favorite for lounging and watching the sunset.
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Cl. 35, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
Street vendors sell the best regional crafts. At Plaza Santo Domingo, look for artisans displaying beaded necklaces made from small chirilla seeds. Or try on mochilas, handbags that indigenous Colombians weave from natural and brown-dyed wool....
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Cra. 10 #29-29, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
Set in the Getsemani neighborhood of Cartagena, Demente is an escape from the tourist areas and perfect for late night tapas and great music. The neighborhood is popular amongst artists and tourists vying for a more authentic feel of the city....
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Calle 37, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
Charms hang from the wall enclosed in glass because they are special – each representing a miracle come true. Every Feb 2nd the miraculous power of Convento de la Popa is celebrated through an elaborate procession up the tallest point in...
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Cartagena's culinary scene has been sizzling lately, with a growing number of restaurants that specialize in contemporary updates of Colombian classics popping up around the city. María Cartagena is one of them—a place that privileges local...
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Calle Quero 9 58 Sandiego, Cartagena De Indias, Bolívar, Colombia
Cartagena is a coastal city: It's often described as more Caribbean than Colombian. The menu at La Mulata reflects this, featuring updated classics such as seafood rice. But don't get your heart set on just that dish; the menu here—written in...
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Cl. 3 ## 11 A 56, Chía, Cundinamarca, Colombia
A week into my month long stay in Bogotá, everyone I had met wanted to know if I had been to Andres Carne de Res yet. For a restaurant that I assumed only tourists visited, I was surprised by how many locals had excitedly talking about it. Once I...
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Tv. 4 Bis #57-52, Bogotá, Colombia
Even when traveling with a Bogota native, it was hard to find Mini-mal, a Colombian fusion restaurant tucked away in a nondescript Chapinero apartment building. While this makes entering feel exclusive and hip, the ambiance is quite the opposite....
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La Paletteria pops with a rainbow of popsicles. There are a variety of water, cream and yogurt based options including regional fruit like Guanabana and Lulo. Pistachio and Nutella became my crack for my time in Cartagena and I returned daily for...
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Botero is famous for his curves and Museo Botero in central Bogota displays an impressive collection of his colorful voluptuous art and smooth bronze and marble sculptures. Personal favorites were what must of been a tongue-in-cheek rendition of...
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Esquina Carrera 5 Calle 36, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
Don't let Gelateria Paradiso's girly girl decor fool you; this gal scoops some of the best gelato in Cartagena. And when you're in the Cartagena heat, you're going to want gelato. Sit down and try refreshing regional fruit flavors like Lulo and...
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Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia
Sundays in Latin America are awesome. And it’s all Bogota’s fault. Every Sunday since the 1970s, Bogota shuts off its streets to traffic and opens them up to the people during an event called the ciclovia. More than one million bikers, pedestrians...
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Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia
Every Sunday since the 1970s, Bogota shuts off its streets to traffic and opens them up to the people during an event called the ciclovia. More than one million bikers, pedestrians and roller bladers take over 60-plus miles of highway. From 7 am...
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Cra. 7 ##69A-22, Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
A residential oasis in Bogota’s main business district, the 1945 hotel has been declared a National Historical Conservation Monument. The hotel has a great reputation for its intuitive staff, and its 24 sophisticated rooms and suites have a mix of...
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New York City’s Studio Gaia looked to Colombia’s leg- end of El Dorado to inspire the design for this brand-new hotel. The result: a lot of gold. Reflections of gold glimmer in the indoor pool, and golden strings dangle from the ceiling in the...
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See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. A trip through the Coffee Triangle, the coffee- growing region of central Colombia, takes you into the small towns and wildlife-rich mountains of the Caldas, Quindio, and Risaralda departments. Base...
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Cl. 10 #5-72, Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
When I travel I love to stay in hotels that remind me of home (or my dream home). In Bogotá, I found myself completely at home at Casa Medina. The hotel, located in the Rosales neighborhood, has 58 rooms which are split between an old and new...
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Loma de Marion, Cartagena, Cartagena Province, Bolivar, Colombia
Sitting in the square having a coffee is a great way to people watch in Cartagena. There seems to be something happening behind every wooden shutter of every building as well as in the street. I was struck by how friendly the local people were to...
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Loma de Marion, Cartagena, Cartagena Province, Bolivar, Colombia
The seven-room Tcherassi Hotel and Spa is an ode to modernism set in a renovated 250-year-old mansion. Colombian-born fashion designer Silvia Tcherassi named each room after a fancy fabric (the trilevel penthouse is called the Gazar). After a...
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Cartagena Province, Bolivar, Colombia
Leaving the skyline of Cartagena behind a wall of sea spray from the motorboat that propelled us toward Isla Del Piratas was one of the best things that ever happened to us during our journey in Colombia. Broken Spanish aside, booking the voyage...
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Zapatero, Cartagena, Cartagena Province, Bolivar, Colombia
Cartagena de Indias, Colombia: There are still undiscovered spots in the world that lure those who embrace true authentic experiences. Cartagena is just such a place. The historic walled city is a true gem in the world. Wander around the maze of...
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Calle del Colegio # 34-60 Local 1, Centro Histórico, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
Don Juan Restaurante is a high-end restaurant in the Historic Centre of Cartagena. Cartagena is world renown for its gastronomy and this place is its Mecca. An absolute delight. Ask any local or business owner and they will show you the way. Buon...
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Puerto Rey, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
A common street scene on a wander around Cartagena. Go out and explore!
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Cartagena Province, Bolivar, Colombia
This central plaza has an interesting past. In the early 1600's "auto-da-fe" took place. This was the ritual of public self-punishment of condemned heretics during the peak of the Spanish Inquisition. Today, its main attractions include the Palace...
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Cra. 8 #3929, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
Walk around the prettied-up city of Cartagena long enough and you're bound to see the Botero sculpture of the curvy lady on Plaza de Santo Domingo. But a lesser known Botero--because it's tucked away in the courtyard of the lovely Sofitel Santa...
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Avenida de la Asamblea Edificio El Comendador No 29A42 apto 201 A, Cartagena de Indias, Bolívar, Colombia
Walking the ramparts at dusk -- when the midday heat and humidity dissipates -- is a must when visiting Cartagena. Cap off your stroll with a cocktail at Cafe del Mar, which draws a sophisticated crowd of locals and tourists and offers beautiful...
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Cl. 39 ##7 14, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
Many will have heard of La Cevicheria thanks to a visit by Anthony Bourdain in 2009. The location has not lost any of it's charm in the last 4 years. In our very warm July trip to Colombia for a close friend's wedding, La Cevicheria was an oasis....
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Cartagena, Cartagena Province, Bolivar, Colombia
Wandering the streets of Cartagena is pure ecstasy. This lively city must be one of the most romantic places in the world. The colorful buildings are draped with Bougainvillea and filled with secrets. Follow your nose to the salty crashing waves...
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Cra. 69 #31-75, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
Situated in the Rosario Islands, the hotel San Pedro de Majagua lies about 45 minutes from Cartagena by speedboat. The property is great and when you're on their small beach you can negotiate a fresh caught lobster or snorkeling session from the...
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Playa de la Artilliera #36-38, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
Lima is one of my favorite cities in the world, and in that city is Brujas de Cachiche - serving up some of the best pisco and ceviche I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying. While wandering the streets of Cartagena one day, I happened upon the...
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Cra. 7 #34-23, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
It was a hot steamy night as I walked up the stairs into the dance studio and startled the tall man lounging on a metal chair. He didn’t speak English, but that was ok as all I had to do was follow his lead. He turned on the overhead fans, looked...
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Getsemani, Cartagena, Cartagena Province, Bolivar, Colombia
The streets that make of the neighborhood of Getsamaní in Cartagena are enough to keep you exploring for some time. Just walking distance outside the old city, Getsamaní is a vibrant neighborhood with street art, initially commissioned by the...
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la No. 36 44, Universidad de Cartagena, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
Casa San Agustín occupies three whitewashed colonial buildings sheltered from the bustling streets of Old Town Cartagena. A former aqueduct, the structure includes a swimming pool tunneling through its stately remnants. Inside, common...
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Cl. 25, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
This city is fascinating. Equal parts Old San Juan with a historic walled Old Town in the center of tall condo towers reminiscent of South Beach. And in both instances Cartagena is sexier, cheaper, with prettier, more open and accommodating young...
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Wrapping it up with drinks on the rooftop pool at Allure Chocolat (like a W Hotel - with a double room for just $134/night). 5 minute walk to Old Town. I am confident I will return both soon and frequently. I’ve found this trip to be restorative,...
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45, Cra. 10 #31, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
When you are tired of the larger restaurants in Cartagena and just can't look at another arepa con huevo, plan your escape to Malagana. This small, cheerfully designed duplex cafe and rooftop bar offers fresh and fruity signature cocktails in...
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Cl. 11 #6-50, Bogotá, Colombia
For an authentic Colombian meal, head to La Puerta Falsa Tamales, a small café that’s been in business since 1816 in the heart of Bogota's La Candelaria historic center. I stummbled upon this place and was immediately drawn in by the delicious...
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Calle 16 # 5-60/70, Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
In the mist of my wandering around Bogota's historic La Candelaria section, I ran into a great galleria filled with local crafts of Colombia. A perfect stop to shop for gifts for friends and family.
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La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia
Bizarrely painted buildings, the Museo Botero, fantastic churches, a grand square and a plethora of casual restaurants. Spend an afternoon wandering Bogota's La Candelaria neighborhood. But be careful where you're walking -- go too far out of...
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Galerias, Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia
Not far from the Campin football stadium in Bogotá is a street lined with several blocks of craft stores. Here you can buy furniture to paint, beads to make jewelry, doll parts, yarn, and these ceramic religious pieces. Many of them offer classes...
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Calle 119 Con Carrera 6a, Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
The Usaquén artisan's market is a necessary stop for any traveler spending a Sunday in Bogotá. The cobblestone streets of the traditional neighborhood fill up with artists' booths selling everything from emeralds to piggybanks painted with...
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Bogota, Colombia
Galeria Café Libro, on a side street just off Bogotá's upscale Parque 93, is the place to show off your salsa moves on the weekend. Open until 3 a.m., the colorful and sprawling space features two dance floors, a stage for the frequent live music...
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Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia
Walking the streets of Bogota, Colombia is like walking in an outdoor art gallery. Besides the colorful houses, doors and windows, there are enormous walls of art and elaborate graffiti brighting this high altitude city even in the coldest months....
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Monserrate Bogotá, Colombia
The peak called Monserrate towers over central Bogotá and lends its name to the church that tops it. Perched more than 10,000 feet above sea level, the sanctuary—dedicated to the Passion of Christ—has beautiful gardens...
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In Bogotá like everywhere else, graffiti and graffiti art was a crime. In 2011 Diego Felipe Becerra was spray-painting his signature Felix the Cat image on the walls of an underpass when he was killed by police. Public outrage and protests led to...
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Set within the Banco de la República’s museum complex, the Botero Museum offers a sampling of paintings and sculptures by famed Colombian artist Fernando Botero, best known for his still lifes and his exaggeratedly rotund human...
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Cl. 70a ##9-44, Bogotá, Colombia
This wonderful cafe, located next to Bogota's Impact Hub, in the Zona G, is one of the best places in the city to get a coffee. With knowledgeable baristas like Manuel to guide you through the coffee experience, Cafe Cultor offers a unique...
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Take a stroll through La Candelaria neighborhood, where you'll find art at every corner. The street art is vibrant, fun, political and most of all, Instagram worthy! Moreover, the most important site to check out is the Botero Museum; it's free...
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This city has a lot to offer and some of those offerings are free. Take for example, the varying and surprising architecture. Sometimes you'll find a super modern apartment building and around the corner a gothic style cathedral such as Iglesia...
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I was very nervous about finding vegetarian options in a county where the traditional diet is loaded with meat. So when I sat down at Salvo Patria, I was delighted to find variety of veggie options on the menu. The house made curry with roasted...
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On night 1 we blew it out by going to the most touristy place in the city, restaurant Audres la Carta. A 45 page menu with every conceivable Colombian recipe in its pages. A rabbit warren of a space that felt like a junk yard strung together with...
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Today is Sunday (arrrgghhh!), and tomorrow is Columbus Day so everything is pretty well closed for 2 days (smart planning on my part). So after Sunday flea markets (a favorite of mine), we thought we should see the church on the beautiful hilltop...
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When I first moved to the island, I joined a friend in the Old City for a tour and lesson on the history of Puerto Rico. When passing by this little section of town near Pigeon Park, my friend and native-turned-tour-guide said that this was the...