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Near Cartagena

Most tourists arriving in Cartagena don't venture very far out of the city. But this stretch of Colombia's Caribbean shore is steeped in history and culture. The coast is sculpted with mangroves, islands, mud volcanoes and vast river deltas. Intrepid travelers, though, are studded with Maconda-esque villages, like La Boquilla, as well as those founded by Cimarrons, or escaped African slaves, like San Basilio de Palenque.

Other neighborhoods in Cartagena: Bocagrande, GetsemanĂ­, El Centro and San Diego.

By Lorraine Caputo

Upon re-declaring her independence at age 29, Lorraine Caputo packed her trusty Rocinante (so her knapsack's called) and began...

13 Jul 2011

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Isla de Tierra Bomba

120449Isla de Tierra Bomba, a rather large island off the coast of Cartagena, remains steeped in history. It was through the strait, Bocachica, that the first pioneers entered Cartagena. The narrow ...
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Near Cartagena, Cartagena, Colombia

San Basilio De Palenque

San Basilio de Palenque, two hours south of Cartagena, is an African palenque founded by run-away slaves in the late-16th century. It was an important center of resistance against Spanish rule and ...
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Near Cartagena, Cartagena, Colombia

Volcán del Totumo

Just 40 minutes northeast of Cartagena is natural wonder, Volcán del Totumo. The volcano is not what you would expect, as it is more of a hill than a mountain. Visitors climb to the top and descend ...
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Near Cartagena, Cartagena, Colombia

Islas del Rosario

About 45 kilometers (27 mi) southwest of Cartagena, Islas del Rosario is a coral islands archipelago with arguably the best beaches and diving in Colombia. The islands were declared a protected ...
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Near Cartagena, Cartagena, Colombia

La Boquilla

143301During the week, the men of La Boquilla still doff their fishermen’s caps and head out to sea. But when weekends and holidays come, they are often helping their womenfolk take care of hungry ...
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Near Cartagena, Cartagena, Colombia

Playa Blanca

One of the must-do tours from Cartagena is Playa Blanca, on Isla BarĂş. This is the dream beach: A palm-shaded white strand of fine sand skirting a crystalline turquoise sea. Many dream of a paradise ...
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Near Cartagena, Cartagena, Colombia
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