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Trip to Palenquera

Trip to Palenque. Experience African culture

  • May 25, 2020

Trip to Palenque to Experience Authentic Colombian Culture If you're looking for a once-in-a-lifetime excursion during your vacation in Cartagena, consider taking a day trip to visit Palenque. This historic village holds on to its roots and here you can…

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History of Palenquera Fruit Sellers

History of Palenquera Fruit Sellers

  • August 3, 2018

The Palenquera Fruit Sellers When you vacation in Cartagena, Colombia, one of the things you'll no doubt see on pretty much any street corner is a brightly dressed woman selling fruit. These Palanquera fruit sellers have become iconic in the…

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Pope Francis’s Historic Visit to Cartagena

Pope Francis’s Historic Visit to Cartagena

  • September 29, 2017

First Time a Sitting Pope has Visited Cartagena since 1985 Pope Francis recently completed his historic visit to Cartagena and his message of peace and tolerance was well-received by the faithful who flocked to this Caribbean hotspot and center for…

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Twin Towns Around the World

Twin Towns Around the World

  • June 6, 2017

Cartagena’s Sister Cities and Twin Towns Around the World Modern Cartagena has done much to improve its economy and international image over the past few decades. It has become a top tourist destination in Colombia and has risen to prominence…

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Palenqueras fruit seller

Palenqueras (Fruit Sellers) in Cartagena

  • January 25, 2017

The Palenqueras of Cartagena Cartagena, Colombia is full of eye-popping images that can steal the breath straight from any visitor’s mouth. Ornate Spanish colonial architecture dripping with tropical flowers, the majestic fortified wall around the Old City presiding over the…

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Gabriel García Márquez

Gabriel García Márquez

  • November 1, 2016

“The Greatest Colombian Who Ever Lived” One of the most influential writers of our time was born in Colombia at the turn of the century and—if not for his opinionated and eccentric grandparents—may have wound up a lawyer. Commonly referred…

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Door Knockers

Door Knockers

  • August 13, 2016

The Fanciful Door Knockers of Cartagena Colombia Do you know the story behind the beautiful door knockers of Cartagena, Colombia? These unique icons (known in Spanish as aldabas) are more than just quirks of the Spanish Colonial Architecture you’ll find…

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India Catalina Statue

India Catalina

  • May 7, 2016

The Symbol of Spanish Colonial Cartagena She's become something of a tragic heroine in the history of Colombia but few outside Cartagena know the story behind this iconic woman. Her real name is lost to history but India Catalina (as…

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Teatro Heredia

Teatro Heredia

  • March 17, 2016

Cartagena’s Historic Performing Arts Venue Teatro Heredia (Heredia Theater) is the premiere center for the performing arts in Cartagena. Architects infused Caribbean flair into Classic Italian style to create a venue that represents both the elegance of the Old World…

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Old City Wall Cartagena

Old City Wall

  • February 27, 2016

Cartagena's Fortified Old City Cartagena was once one of the most important cities in the Spanish Empire. With billions of dollars worth of gold, gems, exotic cash crops, and slave labor flowing through the city it was a ripe target…

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Sir Francis Drake

Sir Francis Drake

  • February 12, 2016

Sir Francis Drake’s Legacy in Cartagena de Indias The fifteen hundreds were a contentious time in The New World with Spain and England butting heads in battles by proxy in places like Cartagena de Indias prior to declaring all-out war…

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Cartagena Night View

Pedro de Heredia

  • November 13, 2015

Pedro de Heredia Founder of Cartagena Pedro de Heredia, the founding father of Cartagena, Colombia, was a controversial historical character with a colorful background and a tendency to rub his contemporaries the wrong way. Regardless, no one can argue the…

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Catedral de Cartagena

Catedral de Cartagena

  • July 30, 2015

Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria in Cartagena de Indias (la Catedral de Cartagena) Officially designated as Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica of St. Catherine of Alexandria, this outstanding 16th century cathedral is more commonly referred to as the Cathedral of Cartagena…

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