Postcard from the streets of Cartagena

December 6, 2012 in Places,South America

Street art is one of those things that can make or break a city for me. A city that encourages good graffiti–or at the very least, recognizes the difference between ugly tagging and talented artwork–is instantly a place that I want to explore. Cities with white-washed walls simply feel sterile, devoid of emotion and expression: they lack the second-glance details that keep me intrigued.

Graffiti art on the street in Cartagena, Colombia

My friend Jess–whom I met in the street art haven of Melbourne–knows this about me, and quickly took me to an incredible street art alley in Cartagena. I had already fallen in love with the colorful buildings and winding alleys of the Cartagena old town, but this proliferation of murals, portraits and poems sealed the deal.

Paint splatter on the side of a building in Cartagena, Colombia

Graffiti art of a cat on the street in Cartagena, Colombia

Graffiti art on the street in Cartagena, Colombia

Graffiti art on the street in Cartagena, Colombia

Graffiti art in Cartagena, Colombia

Graffiti art and Jess Jones in Cartagena, Colombia

Graffiti art on the street in Cartagena, Colombia

What’s your favorite photo of Cartagena street art?Β 

  • Looooove! Cartagena is a dream destination for me, so I can’t wait for you to do more posts about it. That 1st shot is AMAZING!!!

  • camorose

    You’d love it! It’s absolutely the jewel of South America πŸ™‚

  • We think a lot alike — I’ve got tons of graffiti shots from Colombia. Such a great country.

  • Jess

    My favourite street in Cartagena!! Love this πŸ™‚

  • mr

    it is not about art. the poor people don’t have the money to repair the building, walls etc.. and they do drawings to hide or divert people’s attention to something else, otherwise the city would look miserable.. now you think it s a great art. I don’t disagree with the statement though but it is not the purpose.

  • Erica

    I love all the street art. I was able to go to Cartegena not too long ago… but leading a tour so I didn’t get to spend a lot of time wandering about. Thanks for sharing these!

  • camorose

    I’m so glad you showed it to me–absolutely loved it!

  • camorose

    No worries! You’ll have to do some more exploring next time you’re back, it’s an awesome city for street art!

  • LostInCheeseland

    YES! They’ve got the right spirit. Would love to see this in person!

  • camorose

    You’d LOVE Cartagena! Definitely the jewel of South America πŸ™‚

  • Erin

    Hey Christine,
    Diving back into some of your old posts because I’m heading to Cartagena in Feb! Any chance you have a hotel/hostel recommendation?
    Thanks so much! πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    Hi Erin! Apologies but I don’t. We stayed at a pretty cheap place that was fun, but that I don’t highly recommend. Stay in the Old Town if possible, it’s gorgeous!

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