Why Cartagena, Colombia is an idyllic tourist destination
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Particular historical events along with a popular Netflix series tend to portray Colombia as an unconventional holiday destination, completely bypassing any significant beauty the South-American country has to offer. However, a brief visit to Cartagena and any preconceptions can be turned around into a perfect place for exploring and vacation. Cartagena plays hosts to a wealth of culture, beaches, plazas, marina, an exotic port and various shopping areas. The Spanish speaking city has an idyllic old town founded in the 16th century and completely forfeits ideologies of 'gangs' and 'violence'; replenished with stunning sites of wonderful architecture and sweet cobblestone streets hugged by visually striking apartments all with balconies - some romanticised by bright overhanging flowers. There is a theme of beautiful coloured buildings throughout the old-town of yellow and orange; portraying a refreshing and happy atmosphere. Statues of significant historical figures are distributed around the towns giving visitors intriguing Columbian facts when exploring. Torre del Reloj is one of the most recognised architectural sites along with the Muse Naval de Caribe. Museo deck Oro Zenu exhibits the pre-Hispanic metallurgy of Columbia with exceptional collections of real gold and informative talks on regions dating back thousands of years. Totumo mud volcano is also a unique experience and is around 45 minutes from the city centre.
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