Why Cartagena is South America’s most exciting city; Lilit Marcus; CNN

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Cartagena, set on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, is becoming a must-visit, especially for Americans and Canadians enjoying new, convenient flight routes. Find out the best things to do in one of South America’s most exciting cities.

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You’ll Fall in Love with Old Town Cartagena Colombia; Linda; As We Saw It

Cartagena’s narrow streets and gorgeous architecture have made its Old Town one of Latin America’s most popular destinations.

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Colombia vows action to prevent Cartagena losing UNESCO World Heritage status; Brenden Paulsen; Colombia Reports

Colombia’s government announced measures to prevent Cartagena from losing its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Cartagena could be removed from UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites due to…

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5 Places to Live in Colombia; 2 to Avoid; Nancy Kiernan

If you are considering making this up-and-coming retirement haven country your new home, here are some places to check out and a couple to skip. Many people have an outdated perception of Colombia. The country has transformed from its dark past of violence and drug cartels.

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I Was So Blown Away By This South American Country, I Actually Moved There; Naomi Dalton; Thrillist

Visiting Colombia’s most beautiful cities and sights was so spectacular, I decided to move there.

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Popayán, Cartagena, Santa Marta: Colombia’s Colonial Cities; Lee Harrison; Live And Invest Overseas

Lee Harrison compares and contrasts Colombia’s top three Spanish-colonial cities—Cartagena, Santa Marta, and Popayán.

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Must-Visit Colombian Cities You Shouldn’t Miss; Iris A; Go 4 Travel Blog

These must-visit Colombian cities offer history and adventure, and provide a great introduction to everything the country has to offer.

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Cartagena by Cruise Ship; Els Kroon; ALL AT SEA

The port of Cartagena de Indias, as the city on the north coast of Colombia is officially called, has always been of great significance to the country. In…

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Five Great Reasons To Honeymoon In Cartagena; Jen O’Brien; Wedding Bells

Discover why this city is quickly becoming one of the most fashionable destinations in South America.

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Cartagena’s ‘Old City’ Undergoing a Vibrant Rebirth; Bill Cary; Mansion Global

The Colombian neighborhood offers iconic Spanish-Colonial architecture and a robust nightlife…

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Au revoir Paris: 5 new heart-tugging cities for romantic travellers; Lucy Jackson; SCMP

The hip, waterfronted destinations of Cartagena, Istanbul, Auckland, Tokyo and Udaipur will set the scene for people looking for love, fun and adventure…

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Colombia to become a member of the OECD international economic organization; Deutsche Welle

Colombia – Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena

Colombia is set to be the third Latin American country in the Paris-based economic group. President Juan Manuel Santos praised the membership as key to the country’s efforts to modernize.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) announced on Friday that Colombia would be officially invited to join the group.

The Paris-based economic organization was founded in 1961 and has traditionally included industrialized nations, though in recent years it has extended its membership to emerging economies.

“The accession of Colombia will contribute to our efforts to transform the OECD into a more diverse and inclusive institution, which will ensure our relevance in the years and decades ahead.” OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said, welcoming the new addition.

Five years in the making

Colombia began its applicaiton process in 2013. As part of the requirements, 23 OECD committees conducted an in-depth evaluation of the country. Additionally, the Colombian government had to introduce major reforms to align its legislation, policies and practices to OECD standards.

The OECD entry marks a new achievement for outgoing President Juan Manuel Santos, whose administration undertook the challenge during his first term in office.

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Paradise at Sea; RSSC Blog

Colombia – Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena

While different versions of paradise are dotted along ports of call in the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, none are as glamorous, colorful and exotic as Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas and Cartagena.

Known as the queen of the Caribbean coast, Cartagena is oozing with old-town Colombian charm thanks to its preserved 19th-century architecture and monuments, cobblestone streets and romantic ambiance. The city’s Old Town area is a UNESCO World Heritage site and contrasted with modern restaurants, vibrant nightlife and scenic beaches, makes a visit to this centuries-old city a magical experience.

Take a drive through the residential area of Manga’s Republican-styled mansions or visit Cartagena’s iconic (and most popular) San Felipe de Barajas Castle.  Dating back some 480 years, it is considered one of the greatest Spanish fortresses ever to be built and boasts some of the best hilltop views of the city and sea.  History buffs and tourists will also enjoy the charming green-and-white wooden Rafael Nuñez Museum which is the home of the former president, poet, lawyer and co-author of the country’s constitution.

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The road to El Dorado: Colombia ups its cool quotient as one of South America’s must-see places; Sharon Lindores; National Post

Colombia – Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena

Bogota and Cartagena showcase just a bit of what this wildly biodiverse and rich gem of a country has to offer

Colombia’s shrugging off its troubled past and fast emerging as South America’s must-see destination thanks to increased safety, the appeal of exploring new places and the country’s rising cool quotient.

It’s been more than a year since President Juan Manuel Santos won the Nobel Prize for the peace agreement, which aims to put an end to Colombia’s half-century-long civil war. Since he accepted the award in December 2016, more flights and people have started flocking to the country.

With everything from snow-capped mountains to jungles and two ocean coastlines, there’s plenty to see. Colombia is one of the most biodiverse places in the world and it boasts a dazzling array of plants, birds and riches (this is, after all, the land the Spanish pilfered for gold and emeralds starting back in the 1530s).

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Top 6 Cities for History Buffs on a Goway Vacation: South America and the South Pacific; Aren Bergstrom; Goway

Colombia – Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena

In our two previous installments, in which we explored the top cities for history buffs in Asia and Europe and Africa and the Middle East, we demonstrated that history is a huge draw for tourism. As we come to our final article in our series exploring top cities for history buffs on a Goway vacation, we face a different challenge than we did before. Instead of having a surplus of cities that would make great entries on the list, we have a deficit. This is understandable, as South America and the South Pacific don’t have the historical continuity of Africa or Asia. Both regions were colonized and the cities that were present there thousands of years ago were destroyed or abandoned.

Thus, don’t expect to find thousand-year-old entries on this list like you did on the past two. That being said, South America and the South Pacific are still home to cities with rich, fascinating histories that will prove delights to any history buffs lucky enough to visit them on a Goway vacation.

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Feasting in the footsteps of Gabriel Garcia Marquez; Maria Breslin; Liverpool Echo

Colombia – Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena

Dutch carrier KLM flies to the northern city via capital Bogota.

The Plaza de la Trinidad is buzzing. Music and laughter suffuse the sultry air.

Within the amber-coloured walls of 17th century Iglesia de la Santisima Trinidad mass is being said, the sizeable congregation in fine voice, the hymns far from traditional.

Outside the bohemian plaza bustles as locals decamp outdoors moving their living rooms onto the street. Food carts vie for business and the tantalising smells of arepas and empanada waft through the square. Children play football and grown-ups drink beer.

It’s Thursday night and the streets of Getsemani are alive.

Cartagena is a port city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Its walled, colonial old town – a merry maze of brightly-coloured buildings and bougainvillea-filled balconies – was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984.

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6 Reasons Why You Should Put Cartagena on Your Bucket List; Annie Kingston; Oyster.com

Colombia – Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena

The coastal city of Cartagena is the quintessential, idyllic Colombian destination. Whether you’re looking for a sunny beach vacation, a cultural immersion, or a quick history lesson, Cartagena’s well-preserved Old Town (a UNESCO World Heritage site) is the perfect place to stimulate your senses. It’s the kind of city where visitors actually enjoy getting lost — one of the top things to do is to wander through the streets and stay awhile at whatever draws your attention. From its colorful buildings to its unbeatable cuisine, white-sand beaches to boutique shops, there’s something for everyone in Cartagena. Here, we’ve rounded up six of the top reasons why you should put it on your bucket list.

1. The Juxtapostion of Old and New

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5-Minute Read: Around The World In A Rainbow-Coloured Filter; Crystal; Trip101

Colombia – Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena

Although the myth of finding a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow may not hold true, there’s plenty of gold around us if you would take a look around – flourishing greenery amongst pristine lakes are just one of the many wonderful creations that Mother Nature has bestowed upon us.

Keep your seatbelts strapped on tight as we bring you to 7 of the most vibrant places around the world.

1. A sea of red in the Miharashi no Oka fields, Hitachi Seaside Park

Take a day trip off the mainland of Tokyo to the Hitachi Seaside Park, where the sprawling landscapes are dyed with an array of colours all year round. Hitch a ride on the Giant Flower Ring Ferris Wheel, where the panoramic views of blooming flora amidst calm seas will wash all your worries away.

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The World’s Best Destinations for a Girls’ Getaway; Lara Grant; Oyster.com

Colombia – Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena

Planning a weekend to catch up with your college roommates? Finally going on that mother-daughter trip? Or looking for an ideal spot to organize a bachelorette party? We recently shared the top girlfriend getaways that are easy to get to from either U.S. coast, but for those who would like broaden their horizons and travel a bit farther, we rounded up eight different locales around the world that are perfect for a vacation with the girls. From historic cities with jaw-dropping architecture to coastal towns with bustling nightlife, these spots have something for everyone in the group.

1. Marrakech, Morocco

Under a four-hour flight from London and just two hours from Madrid, Marrakech is an ideal getaway for a girls’ trip, especially for ladies that live in Europe.

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Magical Cartagena; Ana Marie Pamintuan; The Philippine Star

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MANILA, Philippines – Centuries-old walls surround an area of narrow cobbled streets and Spanish colonial homes and Catholic churches, protecting the enclave from marauders from the sea just outside the walls. Within the walls horse-drawn carriages serve as taxis to interesting spots.

This is not Intramuros but the Old Town of Cartagena, the fifth largest city and top tourist destination in Colombia. Visiting this city named after another one in Spain, you can see why it inspired the magic realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Fondly called “Gabo” by his compatriots, the Nobel laureate worked here as a journalist and spent a lot of time in his sprawling home within the walled fortifications, beside the 17th-century convent of Santa Clara. The convent, which readers will remember from Gabo’s novel Of Love and Other Demons, is now a five-star Sofitel hotel.

 

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