Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Cartagena in Pictures

The price you pay (other than agent fees and a $20 weekly fee to use the dinghy dock and “facilities” in the dilapidated Club Nautico marina) for a visit to magnificent Cartagena as a cruiser is having to deal with the VERY unattractive and uncomfortable anchorage during your stay. The water is filthy, the port facility is loud and smelly and the water in the bay is in constant turmoil because of the busy boat traffic. You roll and pitch all day long (with the occasional big wake at night) and the only way to deal is to spend as much time ashore as possible, preferably in the historic center of one of South America’s most beautiful cities. 

The unattractive harbor of Cartagena.

Walking through the Getsemani neighborhood to reach the centro historico.

The church of the Tercera Orden in Getsemani.

Torre del reloj (clock tower), the main entrance into the walled city of Cartagena.

One of the many pretty streets in the old town.

Part of one of the walls, close to our anchorage, on the walk to the old town.

Castillo San Felipe, an impressive fort with many narrow tunnels and walkways.

India Catalina statue, outside the walls of Cartagena.

The busy bus depot on the east side of the walled city.

Las Bovedas in the San Diego area.

Walking on the walls surrounding the old city.

Colorful street in the San Diego area.

Centro historico.

One of the many picturesque churches in the center of Cartagena.

Convento de Santo Domingo.

Rubenesque statue on the Plaza Santo Domingo.

The cathedral of Cartagena.

The Colombian hero Simon Bolivar in "his" park.

Plaza de Bolivar.

San Pedro Claver temple.

Historic street in the center.

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