Must See Stops in beautiful Cartagena, Columbia

If you wish to visit a characteristic place in Columbia by the Caribbean coast, it would be Cartagena. This city was formed during the colonial era as a major port around 1533. The city is located in between Sinu and Magdalena rivers. It became a major port for trading in Spain and the overseas empire. Hence it became an important trading center from the sixteenth century. The colonial era saw it as a key port from where Peruvian silver was exported to Spain as well as import of African slaves. This port was fortified to sustain against pirate attacks that were frequent in the Caribbean region. Today it is considered the fifth largest city of Columbia. Economic activities here include tourism, petrochemicals and maritime industries.

There are several evidences of the Spanish colonial era here. The city was originally built as a fortress and a walled city and it is declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

  • If you come here, there are several scenic coastal attractions to witness here. You can start with the Rosario islands that include aquarium, coral reefs and beaches. Snorkeling activities are popular on the beaches here. The Corales Islas del Rosario is an archipelago that is located off the Columbian coast and is a must visit.
  • Castillo San Felipe de Barajas is an iconic fortress here that has many interesting tunnels to explore. The hilltop fortress was built way back in the seventeenth century. With complex tunnel systems, there is much to explore here, which is possible with tours that are conducted here.
  • Las Bovedas is the next place to visit which is a former dungeon that now houses souvenir shops. The cells here in the dungeons of the 18th century showcase the past history of the place; colorful souvenirs can also be obtained here.
  • Palace of the Inquisition is another place that is a museum which houses historical exhibitions. There are several historical items that are educational exhibits here.
  • Plaza Santo Domingo is another place worth visiting here. With Botero sculptures this area has a vibrant square or a plaza that has several vendors, outdoor eateries and so forth.

These are some of the several places to visit and enjoy in Cartagena.

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