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de Indias is a large Caribbean beach resort city on the northern coast
of Colombia in the Caribbean Coast Region and capital of Bolívar
Cartagena is a centre of economic
activity in the Caribbean, as well a popular tourist destination.
Activity and development
of the Cartagena region is dated back to 4000 B.C. around Cartagena Bay
by varying cultures of indigenous peoples. The Spanish colonial city was
founded on June 1, 1533 and named after Cartagena, Spain. Cartagena served
a key role in the development of the region during the Spanish eras; it
was a center of political and economic activity due to the presence of
royalty and wealthy viceroys. In 1984, Cartagena's colonial walled city
and fortress were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Cartagena, Colombia - 4 Ways
To Visit Before Leaving Home by Gary Sargent
If you're not sure what to
expect when planning a trip to Colombia, you've already got a wide selection
of handy references in popular culture to give you an impression of the
place before leaving. One place that pops up time after time is Cartegena,
the colonial port town that sits on the Carribean coast. If you'd like
to get excited about a Colombia vacation, try any of the following four
|Love In The Time Of Cholera
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez' Novel
Colombia's most famous literary
export, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, spent most of his early years in Cartegena.
Even though the city is not explicitly mentioned (dubbed a "Caribbean port
town") it doesn't take a genius to see that Marquez is writing about Cartegena
in Love In The Time Of Cholera, one of his most famous books that became
a film adaptation in 2007. Weaving a complex narrative that twists and
turns amongst the city's "steamy and sleepy streets", Marquez will have
you ready to book your ticket, even if the novel is set between the late-nineteenth
and early-twentieth centuries.
The Mission - The Award
Winning Robert De Niro Movie
Set in the 1750's, The Mission
chronicles the experiences of a Jesuit missionary in the jungles of South
America. Showered with awards, The Mission won the Palme d'Or and the Academy
Award for Best Cinematography. Filming took place in Cartegena and Brazil,
so for an introduction to the city via an award winning film you should
check this one out.
|Smuggler's Blues - Miami
Vice's Popular Episode
It's only so long before
the drug references creep into any mention of Colombia, but what better
way to introduce them than through one of Miami Vice's most popular episodes.
The classic Eighties cop show goes on the road as Crockett and Tubbs are
recruited by the DEA to track down a local law-enforcer who is murdering
drug dealers and their families in cold blood. The episode takes its name
from a song by musician Glenn Fray, who appears in the episode as a laid-back
aircraft pilot, Jimmy Cole. If you can look up from your well-bitten nails,
you'll see that most of the filming takes place in Cartagena, Colombia.
The Red Herring - Romancing
A popular offering from
the mid-Eighties, you've probably seen Robert Zemikis' Romancing The Stone
at one point or another. Kathleen Turner's big screen break and Michael
Douglas' re-introduction to the movie-going public, the film enjoyed box
office success. For those without a viewing, the film follows romantic
novelist Jean Wilder who is drawn down to Colombia when her sister is held
to ransom in...yup, you've guessed it...Cartegena, Colombia.
|However, before you dig
out the VCR player and that old dusty tape, you should know that the majority
of filming took place in Veracruz, Mexico. You're about as likely to see
a Colombian vista as you are an appearance by Indiana Jones. Stacking up
the reasons not to see this movie, Douglas pronounces the name of the town
Cartegeña ("Cartehenya"), as opposed to the correct "Cartehena",
a source of much annoyance amongst locals.
You may not be visiting 18th
century Colombia or flying down with the boys from Miami Vice, but you
can certainly afford to associate yourself with a little excitement and
romance that will definitely be a part of your Colombia vacation if you
decide to visit Cartagena.
|About the Author: Gary Sargent
is the Managing Director of the tour companies Escaped to Peru and Escaped
to Latin America and has lived in South America for over 10 years. Gary
is passionate about Latino life, people, customs and places. To learn more
or to book your next adventure please visit http://www.escapedtolatinamerica.com
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HOTELS IN CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA
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Hotel Boutique, Cartagena
Hotel Boutique is located close to Cartagena de Indias’ most popular attractions.
Close to the property, guests will find high-end restaurants, bars and
shops. This Colombian hotel is situated close to the biggest conventions
centre of the city. Bantu Hotel Boutique is a perfect accommodation choice
for a romantic moment or relaxing holidays. It is a peaceful retreat in
Cartagena de Indias. El Cabildo Restaurant serves the best of Colombian
and Caribbean cuisine. For moments of leisure and relaxation, the hotel
features a roof deck with Jacuzzi, swimming pool and solarium. Those with
a laptop can make use of the Wi-Fi access.
del Arzobispado Hotel, Boutique Hotel, Cartagena
Hotel is located in the historic downtown of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia,
just 10 minutes away from the Rafael Nunez International Airport inside
the old city walls. It is located a few steps away from the main
historic, cultural and touristic places of Cartagena. La Casa del Arzobispado
(The Archbishop's House) was built at the end of the XVII Century and inhabited
by Antonio Jose de Ayos, a colonial leader. Don Juan Bautista Maineros
y Trucco acquired the house at the end of the XIX century, a republican
period, where it was transformed into a popular trade center. Its colonial
style offers a singular and harmonic contrast for the senses. It
is extraordinarily located inside the old city walls and very close to
the Getsemani Convention Center.
Pestagua Hotel Boutique Spa, Cartagena
Pestagua Hotel Boutique Spa, known as “the most beautiful house in Cartagena”,
belonged to the 18th Century Count of Pestagua, a rich and powerful aristocrat
who gave his name to this mansion with its impressive colonial architecture.
Distinguished by its exquisite architectural and artistic harmony, today
the Casa Pestagua Hotel Boutique Spa offers luxury hotel services, with
the comfort and technology expected by the most demanding hotel standards.
The all-inclusive dining room in the central patio allows you to savor
a traditional breakfast or sample delicacies of Caribbean coast cuisine
under the intricately decorated and faithfully restored ceiling, an architectural
masterpiece of the Republican era.
Charleston Santa Teresa, Cartagena
luxury hotel stands inside the walled city, surrounded by and being part
of the world heritage site that is Cartagena. With a privileged location
that is blocks away from the Getsemaní Convention Center and just
minutes away from the contemporary city, the history, flavor and mystique
of Cartagena are all found here, at Charleston Santa Teresa. At our hotel,
the aesthetic combination of the Colombian colonial and republican styles
offers an extraordinary and harmonic contrast for the full enjoyment of
the senses. Restored by expert hands, the sophistication of every detail
can be appreciated throughout the entire hotel, from its stately facade
to its splendid yet warm interior.
and enjoy of a pleasant, special and comfortable place located in Cartagena
city. Hotel Casa Castel is located in the residential zone of Cartagena
city and just 3 blocks from the bay. It offers luxurious accommodation,
2 outdoor swimming pools and free Wi-Fi. Rooms are spacious and all feature
a unique décor combined with local art. All rooms are air conditioned
and include LCD cable TV. Casa Castel offers a panoramic rooftop terrace.
Guests can enjoy several massage treatments or book one of the many tours
offered by the tour desk. A tropical breakfast with fruits and homemade
bread and cakes is served in the eating lounge. Restaurant and bar options
can be found in the area around the hotel for dinner and evening entertainment.