Postcard from Cartagena

Postcard from Cartagena

I’m not sure what I expected of Colombia, but I certainly didn’t expect Cartagena to be so pretty. Facades in shades of cerulean and orange, fuchsia bougainvillea strewn over open windows and patterned tiles. Cobblestone streets and shady plazas, it’s just as beautiful as any romantically colorful city on the Mediterranean.

Man walking on the streets of Cartagena, Colombia, South America

I didn’t expect to, but I fell in love with Cartagena. Wandering the sunny streets, stopping for fresh-squeezed juices, searching for street art and watching the sun set from the city walls. There’s also some excellent rum to be drunk and salsa to be danced. The walled city of Cartagena is known as one of the most romantic cities in South America, and Lonely Planet named it the number one thing to see in South America: I’m certainly convinced.

Flowers and architecture in Cartagena, Colombia, South America

Colorful houses in Cartagena, Colombia, South America

Local bar in Cartagena, Colombia, South America

Green fence and tiles in Cartagena, Colombia, South America

Fresh fruit smoothies in Cartagena, Colombia, South America

Maroon and yellow tile staircase in Cartagena, Colombia, South America

Tropical fruit bowl and blue walls in Cartagena, Colombia, South America

Skyline of Cartagena, Colombia at dusk

Churches and architecture in Cartagena, Colombia, South America

What’s your favorite photo of Cartagena?Β 

  • Such gorgeous colors and buildings! Love the photos.

  • JulikaSarah

    Cartagena really looks Mediterranean – gorgeous! I love the roof facades!
    And I could kill for a slice of that watermelon πŸ™‚

  • It looks so so pretty! Definitely on my list of must-visit places!

  • So colorful! Colombia’s recently gotten onto my list after I became friends with a journalist from Bogota while I was in Azerbaijan; your photos have only further convinced me I need to head down there!

  • Ashley of Ashley Abroad

    I love the last picture you took of Cartagena – ever since I read Love in the Time of Cholera I’ve been dreaming of the northern coast of Colombia… it looks so beautiful!

  • budgetjan

    Lovely colours, the juices look inviting and the rum and salsa.

  • I can see why Lonely Planet named Cartagena the number one thing to see in South America. It’s simply beautiful and colorful!

  • I love the photos, Cartagena is a beautiful city and it’s not surprising they call it the jewel of South America.

  • Your pics of the city are so colorful and inviting! The third photo you took, of the blue building, is my favorite of this set.

  • http://travelingpanties.com

    I’ve heard great things about Cartagena. I can’t wait to make it there. Going to BA in a couple of weeks. It was a real toss up.

  • camorose

    Gracias! I think you’d love Cartagena πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    All of the bright colors and architecture really reminded me of the Mediterranean–so of course I loved it πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    You’d love it–it’s a very colorful and photogenic city πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    It’s such a gorgeous city, you’d love Cartagena! Reminded me a lot of the things I loved about Southeast Asia–hot, humid, laid-back, great street food πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    I still need to read Love in the Time of Cholera–think I would appreciate it much more now πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    Such a colorful place–I loved it!

  • camorose

    Totally the jewel of South America πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    Thanks lady! I would love to go back and explore Cartagena more, it’s such a colorful and photogenic city!

  • camorose

    That’s one of my favorites too–as soon as I saw the building, I knew I needed to pull out my camera πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    Absolutely loved Cartagena! Highly recommend–although I REALLY want to visit BA as well πŸ™‚

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  • Amaaaazing shots!!!!!!

  • camorose

    Thank you! πŸ™‚