Cartagena's harbor is very wide. Our ship made an 180 degrees turn giving us a good view of the city. However, the architectural design of the modern buildings was not very impressive. Most of the buildings looked box-like rectangular structures in predominantly white color. J.J. and I prefer the older, historic buildings.
In 1984, UNESCO declared the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas as a World Heritage Site. The castle protected Cartagena from pirates during the 17th and 18th centuries. It still stands as one of the greatest fortresses built by the Spaniards.
We shared our "do-it-yourself" tour with Lori and Bruce from Denver. Our hired driver/guide was able to give us an overview of the city including a chance to walk along the wall of the old city. We came away with a very positive impression of the place and would consider a future visit.
Lori on top of the wall
A few more photos of the city
Aloha -- Cathi