Do you feel the beat? I sure did this last week in Cartagena Colombia! This was my first trip to Colombia and with a few salsa beats and welcoming hugs it had me won over and wanting more. I was there working on a project for USTOA and AFAR. It was a quick 4 days in paradise and a perfect escape from the beginning of winter in America.
Our itinerary was jam packed with local experiences and adventures beginning with dinner with a local family in the Cartagena suburbs. A great introduction to Colombian cuisine and the incredible warm hospitality of the Colombian people. We spent a morning at Buzurto Market – a dingy, gritty, smelly, local experience that had me smiling from ear to ear. This was the best market I’ve ever been to in the world – but it’s not for the faint of heart. What made it amazing was the soul of the market – happy people, working hard, with a constant musical beat in the background (check out my video link!). I even tried fish testicles fried up at the market – and that was probably one of the more tame things I could have tried! We also spent time learning more about Colonial history of the city, taking salsa dance lessons (and putting them to use at a local salsa club), and we even went island hopping in the Rosario Islands. Cartagena had it all.
Enjoy my Cartagena Instagram wrap up!
On an ‘end of year note’ – I’ve been sharing my best 31 photos from the year on Instagram each day in December – so be sure to follow me on Instagram to get the #Bestof2014 !
Capturing beautiful #Cartagena on top of La Popa. Where locals make a sacred pilgrimage to the top to create miracles. I on the other hand just wanted to create photographs. #traveltogether w @afarmedia @ustoanyc. Photo by @justinweiler
It’s hot & spicy in the Bazurto market in #Cartagena . People dancing, laughing, cooking, drinking, & eating at this local market which turned out to be one of my favorite market visits in the world! #traveltogether w @travelavanti & @afarmedia
Beach day! Enjoying water sports in the Rosario Islands – a great day trip from #Cartagena #traveltogether
A beautiful start to the morning in #Cartagena ! Touring around the city today wearing lots of sunscreen! This shot is from my lovely hotel – Casa San Agustin #traveltogether
2 Palenquera women sit in the shadow of the old city walls in #Cartagena selling fruit. The women have a fascinating history that tells the story of the slave trade and subsequent freedom in Cartagena.
Explored the colorful neighborhood of Getsemani in #Cartagena by foot. It allowed me to find fun little hidden alleys like this one to explore. All of the locals were eating lunch in their homes with the doors open and really welcoming! I have no idea tho why they had plastic bags hanging in the alley – but they added to the atmosphere! #traveltogether
Dancing and music is the heartbeat of #Cartagena we found a fun local bar in the old city to dance the night away. The locals had us up on our feet in no time and I was able to practice my new salsa moves! #traveltogether
The streets of the old city in #Cartagena are lined with colonial houses that have been refurbished into beautifully designed boutique hotels. The best designs highlight the old structures and the history while bringing fresh elements to the old. Such as an old cistern turned into a pool. I love the textures & design of Casa San Agustin where I’ve been staying – it’s a patchwork quilt of Spanish tiles and coastal colors that all works together beautifully.
Within 2 hrs of landing in #Cartagena we were having dinner in a cute little suburb with the most affectionate local family. The outpouring of hospitality and cultural exchange had me buzzing like the Colombian coffee they served me! Love, love, love this type of travel. #traveltogether
Slowing down & enjoying the beach view at Kohsamui Hotel w @afarmedia @ustoa #traveltogether
What is Week In-Stagram Review?
Each week brings some new scenery and location for me – that’s just the way I like it. If you want to follow where I am real time – then on Friday I will post some of my Instagram photos from the current week. Some weeks I may be traveling somewhere exotic, and some weeks it may be less interesting – but it will give you a peek into my life of perpetual motion.
Disclosure: This trip was part of a project for and hosted by USTOA and AFAR. However all of the opinions here are my own.