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Centro Cartagena, Colombia – The Main Attraction

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Centro, in my opinion, is the main reason to visit Cartagena. If you want beaches, there are several better options east over in the Islands. But of course, you only learn by doing. So even though our apartment in Boca Grande was steps from the beach, we fell in love with “Centro.”

Centro is only a $2-$3 cab ride from Boca Grande and well worth it. The city is called the walled city because it is surrounded by a wall. I’m not much of a sight-seer when I go places so I should probably know more about the wall. But what I do know is there are cannons lined along the wall so the wall was obviously for protection years ago.

Today, it makes for great pictures and a great walking space. It is very unique. I can’t say I’ve ever seen another walled city in my life.

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Weekend Trip To Taganga Colombia

Taganga View

During our visit to the Cartagena Mud Volcano, we met some Irish friends on the shuttle who told us that we had to go to Taganga, Colombia. So with a desire to ditch Cartagena for a weekend, we booked a shuttle and headed East.

The trip from Cartagena to Taganga is only 2-3 hours, but shuttles work quite differently here. They’re more like taxis. They go around and pick you up at your hotel, apartment, hostel, etc and drop you off in the city you’re going to at your exact hotel, apartment, hostel, etc. Plus they stop at bigger cities in between and do the same. Needless to say, a 3 hour trip can turn into 5-6 real easy.

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Nautilus Cabana in Taganga and Sleeping On a Cliff…

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During our weekend trip to Taganga, Colombia, we booked a diving trip with Nautilus Dive Center. Part of the package was a free stay in their Cabana. The sound of free got my ear so I think I missed the part about no running water, no electricity, no shower, no bed, no enclosed building…pretty much no nothing besides a hammock and an incredible view.

Even though I love traveling and beaches and new experiences, I typically like to end my day with a hot shower and a nice bed in a nice hotel with nice amenities. I’m no outdoors-man by no stretch. I think I camped once when I was younger. I don’t even know how to put a tent up…but again the hammocks and the free part sounded cool.

The thing is the boat drops you off there at noon, and comes back the next day around the same time to pick you up.

When you get there, there’s the feeling of excitement. The view is amazing. It is extremely remote. The weather is perfect. There’s no one to bother you with emails or phone calls. The beach is not crowded…

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El Totumo – Mud Volcano Review – Cartagena, Colombia

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Mud Volcano

If you are booking a trip to Cartagena Colombia, the Mud Volcano Excursion must be on your to do list. This has been the most fun I’ve had in Cartagena.

First off, it’s not in Cartagena. It’s in Santa Catalina…about a 30 minute drive out of town. The road is a little bumpy but you get the chance to see some very beautiful, Colombian country side.

And like other touristy things you can do in Cartagena, the locals at the volcano are much more laid back when it comes to peddling items and trying to suck money/pesos out of you.

We booked through a hostel called Hostel Mamallena (fyi…if you’re a hostel traveler, this is a great one, I wish we would have came here on day 1. They have a lot of information about Cartagena in English and most of the staff speaks English).

The cost was 35,000 COP/ per person, about $17 US.

We showed up at the hostel at 8:25 and the shuttle was there at 8:39 am. The shuttle has to go around and pick others up before you head out. I think we were in the shuttle for an hour and a half to get out to the volcano.

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