Walled City of Cartagena

Walled City of Cartagena • Cultured Black Pearl

Strolling through the streets of Old Town Cartagena with no agenda is surely the best way to experience the Walled City. The main attraction for anyone visiting this region of Colombia thanks to its colonial architecture, numerous cathedrals, plazas, and overhanging balconies that resemble New Orleans.

It was my first time witnessing a public wedding (at night) where everyone got in on the actionCartagena Wedding. The doors to the massive cathedral remained open allowing anyone to stroll in, sit down, or observe. After the nuptials, the wedding party spilled out into the street. The proximity of fireworks to the bride and groom was alarming. The men and women in elegant attire blended with the street people for dance and song festivities before being carried away by horse and carriage. A parade formed behind them, everyone marching to the beat of their own drums. We saw at least four more weddings that night.

Check out a short video of the Colombian wedding and fireworks!


There are so many shops, boutiques, restaurants, and more in Old Town. You can spend all your days here while visiting Colombia and never run out of things to see or do. Several hotels reside inside the wall which I’m considering during my next visit. Near the Hardrock Cafe are a number of bars, lounges, and live music. Sit in the street and mingle with the locals over beats and eats.


For yummy gelato look for Gelateria Tramonti, for organic froyo (frozen yogurt) check out Goyurt. The staff rocks and you can test EVERY flavor! For good inexpensive eats, check out Cande.

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