The walled city
In its almost 5 centuries of existence, Cartagena de Indias, also known as the heroic or the stone corral, has played an important role in the cultural and economic development of the region. From its beginnings in colonial times, and thanks to the importance it gained for the Spaniards, it began to develop into one of the most important ports in America until become today an obligatory step for tourists from all over the world who visit the Colombian Caribbean.
Since the approach to the Rafael Núñez International Airport begins, you can begin to see the Caribbean coast with its beautiful beaches and paradisiacal islands; and as the descent continues you can see how little by little this beautiful and welcoming city appears before your eyes. Cartagena de Indias has a singular mixture of different architectural periods, passing through the colonial and republican to modern buildings and shopping centers. This contrast in its architecture makes it a unique city in its kind.
It is enough to go through its narrow streets to immerse yourself in the energy of this magical city. Its balconies decorated with flowers of a thousand colors, large wooden gates and stone facades, transport in time allowing you to perceive and feel vividly the essence of a city that holds a lot of cultural and historical heritage.
I have always been a great admirer of Cartagena, not only for its historic buildings ranging from beautiful cathedrals, military forts, small and numerous churches, majestic houses dating back to yesteryear to its unmistakable and characteristic wall, but also for the joy and warmth with which locals always receive their own and foreigners making them feel at home and making this city a world-class tourist destination. No matter how many times you visit Cartagena and explore its streets, there will always be something new to discover and photograph.