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Around the World in 20 days - fifth stop Colombia

Colourful Cartegena

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One of the perks of travelling on this tour with our own chartered plane was expedited airport experiences. When we landed at Cartegena we stepped off the plane to find buses at the bottom of the stairs. The buses drove us straight to our hotel, we didn't even step foot in the airport! We arrived late afternoon, settled into our room with a pretty good view and had a relaxing afternoon before dinner at the hotel.
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Saturday morning was spent on a walking tour of Cartegena's Old Town surrounded by a 11km stone wall. Cartegena is a 16th century port city on the Caribbean Coast. We visited the fortress first (another UNESCO site) and spent some time exploring and admiring the views from up high.
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The Old Town was beautiful with cobbled streets, colourful buildings and ornate doorways. We saw some very cute red squirrels playing in the trees but I couldn't get a decent photo as they were a bit too far away.
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After lunch we had free time and I had read that Cartegena had some great street art so Gerald and I decided to go in search of it and a couple of our group tagged along. Just outside of the city wall in the new town we discovered an abundance of amazing street art among the colourful buildings and down little laneways.
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After a couple of hours we took advantage of the shuttle bus Constellation Journeys had arranged and headed back to the hotel for a bit of relaxation by the pool before getting ready for our final gala dinner - the next part of the trip would see the tour head off in different directions so it was the last time we would all be together. The dinner was another impressive affair, held outside by the city wall. We were treated to more dancing and delicious food.
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The next day was our sightseeing option and we chose to visit the Colombian National Aviary set amongst 7 hectares of natural habitat. The aviary has set up different eco-systems and has almost 200 species on display. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and had the opportunity to get up close to some stunning birds. I loved the toucans.
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We ate dinner by the harbour that night with some of the group before heading back to pack for an early morning flight.

The crew had a great selection of costumes the next day - coffee, bananas, Ugly Betty and Miss Colombia to name but a few!
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Next stop Peru....

Posted by bumblebum 11:27 Archived in Colombia

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