Every tourist destination has its attractions. However, because every tourist is different, these attractions have greater or lesser value. In this series Gary’s gives his reasons for traveling to a particular place. Hopefully some of his thoughts will entice you to consider adding this particular place to your itinerary. The entire series is being categorized under the heading, “Spotlights.” You may find more about these locations in the archives of this website, under headings such as, “Great Places,” “Things to Do in,” “Best of,” “Top 10” and “Places of a Lifetime.” In addition, there may be “Walking Tours” of these places available for purchase on the website for the low price of $1.49 each.
Cartagena is a fabulous city! It is certainly the gem of Colombia with its combination of tropical charm and history. Walk along the cobblestone streets admiring the local architecture and the significant attractions along the way. Definitely include Cartagena is your South American plans for at least the following reasons:
1. The most beautiful square of Cartagena is Plaza de los Coches with its multi-colored storefronts and tropical ambiance.
2. The main entrance into the walled Old Town is through the Torre del Reloj, a dramatic tower and gate.
3. Churches are an important part of life and culture in this former Spanish colony.
4. One of the most popular stops for visitors to the charming city of Cartagena is the Fuerte de San Felipe, a formidable fortress which was built to protect the city’s harbor.