Chance encounters in enchanting Cartagena
Trip Start Oct 07, 2010
43Trip End Mar 13, 2011
I liked Cartagena immediately. The heat, old town, architecture and atmosphere. I found it a little odd to have police every 300m on the road from the airport to the city but once inside it, it all clicked. The hostel was great, well set up with a small pool, it had just the right ambience. I went out around midnight and followed a group of people playing a guitar and walking the streets which was truly magical. I walked around for an hour soaking it in before striking up a conversation with a couple of guys that turned out to be an excellent thing. Mattheui and Yves were at a non-wedding party. The poor girl cancelled it a few weeks before but decided to keep the party which I think was a great idea, her friends were very supportive and the group dynamics very healthy.
The first night we chatted for ages on the city wall and then partied till 6am in a fun bar.
The next day hung out on the beach and went for a memorable run on the city walls at sunset with a storm all around (damn hot and humid) before having dinner with some of the group at a fab restaurant around the corner from my hostel. .
The next day we went out to the islands off Cartagena. The boat was very fast so we go to the first spot for snorkeling quite fast. There were lots of fish though the reef was in a bad way. The island had a number of boutique resorts on it, quite a good setup. The playa Blanca was next, where massages on the beach with a lagoon just next door was very relaxing, especially once it rained and I got a double massage under the grass hut. Another great dinner and even though sunburned, was out for the third night till 6am, this time at a more dancing place with some Germans and Americans who we randomly met.
The 4th day was chilled, walking around the city and had lunch where Belinda got married. The Peruvian restaurant had super cerviche. Afterwards we partied in the street with a band that we ended up paying to go for a walk around the streets. Super fun atmosphere! Stayed up till 5 and straight to the bus to Santa Marta.