by Reg » Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:03 am
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The old city is kept about as well as any old city in Europe and it's every bit as charming as in the photos. Keep in mind, charming doesn't mean antiseptic. Horse drawn carriages mean occasional horseshit on the roads so watch where you walk. Also, with that many people milling about, a bit of litter is inevitable, although I'd say there's about the same as there is in Vancouver overall (which is very little).
For skyscraper beauty, there are several absolutely pristine areas. Bocagrande, Castillogrande and Manga are all first world places similar to Coal Harbour or Dubai with smaller buildings. Move in a few blocks from the coastline and you're in an older but still nice area with no skyscrapers but cool shopping and restaurants.
The boating is very nice. The coast isn't a single line like in many places. It weaves in and out all around the city. There's a big pier in the centre of the city where several modern boats sit and will take you around the city by water (about 2 hours) for $75 CAD. I didn't do it this trip but hope to in the future. Average temp this time of year is 27C but when I was there it was 33C which was just a bit much to be out in the sun on the water.
The rest of Cartagena (perhaps 80% of the city) is far less nice but not disgusting. It's far nicer than Bogota in every way, but still nothing to get excited about. Gringos are best suited to the areas above.
Three negatives: it's bloody hot, it's expensive by Colombian standards (although still much cheaper than Van), and in the tourist areas you can't go 2 minutes without someone offering to sell you something.
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