Now that the weekend is over, I need to start packing. I’m going to take a quick trip to Cartagena, Colombia on Saturday to spend a week exploring the area and eating the food. And I can’t wait! This will be my very first time in South America – making it continent #5. I’m not a person who checks those boxes, but it feels nice to do it. I used a few Delta SkyMiles to get a good deal on this flight. Plus, I’ll be staying at El Viajero Hostel in a private room. While it’s quite a bit more expensive than the dorms, it’s much cheaper than the Hilton and really cuts down the cost.
- Museo del Oro Zenú
- Palace of the Inquisition
- La Popa – highest point in the city
- Iglesia de San Pedro Claver
- Two Different Free Walking Tours
- …and more
Generally, I use a web site called Happy Cow to find vegetarian restaurants all over the world. In this city, I’ve been told I need to check out Girasoles. It’s a place that serves a set menu that includes veggie takes on traditional Colombian dishes. I’m very much looking forward to that. I don’t expect to have too much of a problem finding good vegetarian food to eat in a place like Cartagena. Happy Cow tells me there are plenty of options.
I’ll also be spending a couple days at the Islas del Rosario to do a bit of Scuba diving, probably one of the things I am most passionate about. Halef did that a few months back and said he really enjoyed it. He also said to pack plenty of mosquito repellant because the place is infested with them – so I’ll definitely do that! And, you know, Zika!
Any recommendations for hidden treasures in Cartagena are very welcome!