Happy Friday, friends! This blog post has been in the process for a while, but like always I never can seem to find the time to write them! My eternal summer starts today and my last official day of teaching-- so you can expect to see way more blog posts from now on.
I wanted to provide a quick guide to our 9 day trip in Colombia and show you all how AMAZING it was. We flew from Lexington to Atlanta (picked up our friend J.J. on this flight) and flew directly to Cartagena. It was LITERALLY the easiest flight of my life. I barely got comfortable before it was over... and on international flights you get drinks, movies, and food ( I actually really love long international flights).
Anyways, it took 3 hours and 45 minutes to get there from Atlanta. We left from Lex at 6:00am and we were exploring the perfect streets of Cartagena by 1:00pm. So crazy!! There is only a 1 hour time difference-- literally the easiest trip ever.
If you've never seen pictures of this place, just wait. You're going to fall in love with it! I will keep this guide short and sweet, but packed full of pictures, because every street and corner you turn is another picture worthy photo-op.
If you go anywhere in Colombia, my suggestion would be Cartagena. It is the cutest little town, full of vibrant colors, wonderful people, and amazing food. We stayed at this Airbnb here. It had everything we needed and was in the perfect location. It even had a beautiful rooftop area to hang out and watch the sunset. Definitely stay inside the old city wall, because everything is walking distance from there. We also felt super safe there too!
There is no shortage of things to do around Cartagena, my favorite being walking around and taking in the scenery. John an I are very casual travelers and find that we enjoy ourselves the most when we just immerse ourselves in the culture (basically we grab a drink in a pretty place and people watch!). Here are a few things we did in our 5 days in Cartagena-- I could have definitely stayed longer, and I know we will be back again in the future.
Things to do:
-Walk around and take in the sights + colorful buildings + flowers!
-Walk along the City Wall.
-Watch the sunset at Cafe del Mar.
-Explore the Castillo de San Felipe.
-Explore the art district of Getsemani.
-Head to Getsemani at night and eat street food, people watch, and listen to live music in the plaza.
-Get drinks and watch the sunset on the rooftop of the Movich Hotel-- it's the best view of the city!
-Drink all the coffee!!!
-Take a boat excursion to Isla Barú for the afternoon.
-Go to Townhouse Rooftop for drinks!
-Shop around the old town... tons of woven round purses everywhere!
-Meet a Palenqueras or a fruit lady and snap a photo with them!