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.

Cartagena Doing

  • Museo del Oro ZenĂș
  • Palace of the Inquisition
  • La Popa – highest point in the city
  • Iglesia de San Pedro Claver
  • Two Different Free Walking Tours
  • …and more

Cartagena Eating

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.

Cartagena Diving

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!

Michael is originally from Canada but now resides in Atlanta, GA with his husband, Halef, who also writes here. He is a Couchsurfing expert and has traveled to over 40 countries to date. Currently saving all his money for a Round the World adventure.


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