Cartagena

Cartagena Taxi

Cartagena Taxi Fares

Cartagena Taxi Fares are a mystery for many as the taxis do not have taxi meters.  The fares are set every year by the city – ”Alcadia” and are established by zones. For example if you are going from Manga to El Centro the fare is 5.000 COP. If you want to go to El Cabrero, just on the other side of the old city – probably 5.600 COP and to Crespo 6.500 COP. It is worthwhile... »

The art of silence

The art of silence

I know a mime who speaks volumes, but never says a word. For many years he graced the streets of Cartagena, plying his trade, the art of silence, hoping to earn a smile for his efforts. His labours were often unfruitful, at least from a monetary standpoint.  Yet what he did was a labour of love …. or perhaps it was love’s labour’s lost as he was unappreciated by some, a nuisance ... »

Getsemani CArtagena

Getsemani – The Hidden Treasures of Cartagena

Chapter 2 – Getsemani – excerpt from the Hidden Treasures of Cartagena Except for a slaughter house and a Franciscan cloister, the island of Arrabal , later named Getsemani was largely unpopulated for 60 or 70 years. At the turn of the 17th century, as Cartagena expanded, this neighbourhood became home to artisans, pedlars and the less important bureaucrats of the city. The fortification of ... »

Medical Tourism

Medical Tourism

It is inconceivable to many people that Colombia is not a third world nation. The world media has tarred and feathered the image of an amazing country and a hardy, friendly race with 50 years of bad press. In fact, Colombia has an advanced medical system and is becoming highly respected as a destination for medical tourism. Just imagine, in 2012, 33,500 visitors entered the country for health tour... »

Cartagena

The Hidden Treasures of Cartagena

The Hidden Treasures of Cartagena – An Excerpt Cartagena de Indias has lived and died a hundred deaths. Founded in 1533 by Pedro de Heredia, she has been pillaged and stripped bare by pirates, besieged by the English, scouraged by the Spanish, decimated by cholera, raped by her own administration and fallen into economic neglect. Yet, each time, like a phoenix, she rises from the ashes and s... »