I’ve had many magical moments on trips all around the world. Watching Mt. Everest come into view on a mountaintop in Nepal. Setting off waves of lanterns on New Year’s Eve on the islands of Thailand. Stepping foot among the centuries old pyramids in Egypt, and so many more. However, one of my favorite travel memories occurred here, in Colombia. One of the best weekends of my life was spent traveling and exploring Cartagena, Colombia with two of my best friends. We went in early March (2017) and the weather was amazing, 32 degrees and sunny every day. Perfect for bumming on the beach and sipping mojitos in the Old Town.
We spent the day exploring the Getsemani neighborhood and exploring the colorful streets of the walled in Old Town. Street vendors, shops, graffiti walls and vibrant cascading flowers make this town come to life in a way that I haven’t seen before in Colombia.
The food scene is also amazing. If you love seafood, this is definitely the place for you. On Friday night we at fresh ceviche and lobster and seafood paella washed down with coco locos in the sun at La Cevicheria. Even Anthony Bourdain raved about his visit to the hole in the wall restaurant. We finished our night in a blur hitting all the little bars, enjoying the lively squares, and dancing til sunrise in the salsa clubs.
On the next day, we took a boat out to the sunny, white sand beaches of the Caribbean islands outside of Cartagena. It was a true paradise, and a perfect way to spend a lazy weekend in Cartagena, laying in the sun and enjoying the views. There’s also diving, snorkeling, and jet skiing for the more adventurous types.
We finished our weekend with sunburns, hangovers, full stomachs, and plenty of stories to bring home to our friends and families. All in all, I had a perfect weekend in Cartagena. The colorful town, vibrant nightlife, and pristine beaches make it a must visit destination for anyone traveling to Colombia.
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