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Cruise Control: Cartagena, The City of Colors (Video)

Cruise Control’s Bill Panoff takes you on a tour through Colombia

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Have you considered a cruise along the Panama Canal? Bill Panoff set sail on his most recent cruise adventure. Here are a few highlights from his stop in Cartagena:

 

The Mixture of Old & New

The city of Cartagena stretches just about 220 square miles. The city is made up of 16th-century buildings built upon cobblestone details. Mom-and-pop shops and modern restaurants populate these charming old buildings, adding a contemporary flair to the older side of Cartagena.

 

Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

One of the main tourist attractions in Cartagena is the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas. The fortress was built by the Spanish during the colonial era, and is known for its meticulously detailed entrance and underground tunnels. The design of the fortress, combined with its extensive tunnel system gives Castillo San Felipe de Barajas the reputation of being the “most formidable defensive complex of Spanish military architecture.”

 

The Colors!

The city of Cartagena is layered with colors. Bright blues and yellows paint the storefronts while deep oranges and reds radiate off local attire on display. Music fills the busy streets while sunlight beats down on the…

 

…Horse & Carriage

One of the most authentic Colombian ways to get around town is by horse and carriage. Throughout the streets, you can see a number of these carriages waiting to whisk you off for a romantic tour through the city.

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