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El New York Times rinde homenaje a CartagenaCaracol | Mayo 23 de 2008

Hoy el diario New York Times halaga la renovación que ha tenido la ciudad colombiana e invita a los norteamericanos a conocer a esta joya del caribe.

La fotografía que abre este especial es de una de las populares carrozas cartageneras cabalgando en la noche. El artículo es titulado "36 horas en Cartagena, Colombia".

"Cartagena ha emergido como la bella del baile. Esta ciudad tropical en el Caribe está pulsando como una fiesta de salsa, atrayendo a los latinoamericanos bien acomodados y a la alta alcurnia europea", dice el Times sobre Cartagena.

El texto hace un recorrido de la ciudad desde un viernes a las 4 de la tarde hasta el domingo en la mañana. Brindando información, paso a paso, sobre los mejores lugares de la ciudad y los costos que tienen, los paseos, las frutas, los restaurantes y los bares cartageneros.

Según el New York Times, el fin de este viaje perfecto por Cartagena es un paseo por la Ciénaga y luego una limonada de coco, sobre una hamaca y debajo de un parasol en la Boquilla.

Además, tiene un especial multimedia sobre este vistazo a la amurallada.

36 Hours in Cartagena, Colombia

A carriage ride around the old city.

WITH its cocaine days in the past, the Colombian seaport of Cartagena has emerged as the belle of the ball. This tropical city on the Caribbean is pulsating like a salsa party, drawing well-heeled Latin Americans and European socialites to its restored colonial mansions, fancy fusion restaurants and Old World-style plazas. Other rhythms can be heard, too. Guitar players stroll through the cobblestone alleyways. Beauty pageants and dance festivals keep the city swinging after dark. And techno dance clubs keep Cartagena’s revelers up till dawn. But this stunningly beautiful city also has its quiet side. White sand beaches and crystal-clear water are just a short hop away.


4 p.m.

Cartagena is a city for walking, and its historic walled district feels like a Moroccan medina, with 300-year-old Spanish colonial buildings huddled along brick streets. The palette is saturated with deep blue, dusty rose, burnt orange and ochre. Cool sea breezes and plenty of shade make the old city feel quite comfortable even in the 90-degree heat. To get your bearings, wave down one of the horse-powered taxis ( The 15-minute ride across the old city, a Unesco World Heritage site, costs 30,000 pesos (about $17 at 1,800 pesos to the dollar). The coachman will point out sites as you clip-clop along and, at sunset, will light the candles in the headlamps.

6 p.m.

The 400-year-old stone walls encircling the city are surprisingly intact and stretch for more than two miles. Walk west along the wide plaza on top of the wall; the Caribbean is on your right, and the lovingly restored medieval streets on your left. For a sunset cocktail, stroll over to Café del Mar (Baluarte de Santo Domingo; 575-664-65-13;, grab an outdoor stool near the rusty cannons that once guarded the city, and order a Colombian piña colada (14,000 pesos).

8 p.m.

Cartagena features a rich culinary palate, combining flavors and ingredients from the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and even Asia. For a sumptuous but atypical meal, go around the corner from Gabriel García Márquez’s home to El Santísimo (Calle del Santísimo No. 8-19; 575-664-33-16;, where French-trained chefs prepare classic Colombian dishes with modern sauces served in a brick courtyard with dripping vines, soft breezes and candlelight. A favorite is prawns in a tamarind coconut sauce (45,000 pesos). Don’t skip dessert or, as the menu calls it, “the Sins of the Nun.” That would apply to La Envidia, a decadent mango mousse with a tangy grape sauce (18,000 pesos).


9 a.m.

There are few reasons to leave the old city, but one of them is to climb the massive Castillo de San Felipe (, a huge fort built over the 17th and 18th centuries by the Spanish (or, more precisely, their slaves) to defend the port’s terrestrial flank. Start early before the sun broils everything. The fortress contains an ant farm of hidden tunnels that you can explore with or without a guide and that adventurous kids will love. A taxi from the old city is about 5,000 pesos; admission, 13,000 pesos.

11 a.m.

Take a fruit break. Palenque women peddle a rainbow of ripe fruit along the streets of El Centro, nearly all of it in nature’s protective wrappers: bananas, mangos, papayas, guamas, ciruelas, coconuts and guayabas. Try a níspero, a kiwi-shaped fruit with the texture of pear and the heavenly taste of chocolate, caramelized sugar and blackberry.


Three must-see museums are within a block of one another and can be seen in under 30 minutes each. The Museo de Arte Moderno (Plaza San Pedro Claver; 575-664-58-15) showcases the fantastical works of Colombian artists like Dario Morales. The Gold Museum (Plaza de Bolívar; 575-660-07-78) is housed in a Baroque mansion and exhibits jewelry that eluded the Conquistadors. And, for those with strong constitutions, head across the plaza to the Palacio de la Inquisición (Plaza de Bolívar; 575-664-73-81), where rusted instruments of torture document the Roman Catholic Church’s efforts to root out heresy in the New World.

1:30 p.m.

The working-class neighborhood of Getsemaní has two popular restaurants said to be feuding over the rights to a name: La Casa de Socorro and La Cocina de Socorro. La Cocina is the fancier of the two. Locals seem to prefer La Casa (Calle Larga 8E-112, Getsemaní; 575-664-46-58), a diner that serves big portions of traditional Colombian seafood like shrimp and crab claws with coconut rice and red snapper with fried plantains. Lunch is about 50,000 pesos.

5 p.m.

Native crafts like hammocks, clay figurines and colorfully painted wooden masks are available everywhere. For more unusual items, head to the stores along Calle Santo Domingo and Calle San Juan de Dios. Even if you’re not female and size 4, check out Colombia’s leading fashion designer, Silvia Tcherassi (Calle San Juan de Dios 31-11; 575- 664-94-10; The Abaco bookstore (Calle de la Iglesia 3-86; 575-664-83-38; stocks photography books featuring local architecture and artisans. And the Galería Cano (Centro Calle 334-11; 575-664-70-78) sells high-quality reproductions of pre-Columbian jewelry.

7 p.m.

Arguably the best time to visit one of the city’s magnificent cathedrals is at sundown, the wedding hour. And one of the most romantic is the 16th-century Church of San Pedro Claver (Plaza San Pedro Claver; 575-664-72-56). Guests start arriving around 6 p.m., dressed in white linen or formal wear (corbata negra). Follow them into the cavernous nave, lighted by candles and decorated with bouquets of fragrant white flowers. The strains of “Dona Nobis Pacem” resonate along the vaulted ceiling from the choir in the balcony while the bride and groom exchange their vows.

9 p.m.

Beg or steal your way into La Vitrola (Calle Baloco No. 2-01; 575-660-07-11), a stylish restaurant that has become the gathering place of sophisticated Colombians. The atmosphere is 1940s Cuban, with sepia photographs of the owners’ friends, high ceiling fans and mahogany wine racks. On a recent night, three senior military officers in full uniform were at one table; a fashionable couple was at another, smoking cigarettes. The food is Nueva Colombiana, with specials like onion soup with pimento, cheese and crema de leche (11,000 pesos) and a baked grouper in a mango and passion fruit sauce (38,500 pesos).

11 p.m.

Cartagena is a musical city. In the late evening, a sea breeze freshens the air and the rhythm of trotting horses blends with the laughter and singing of friends gathered in bars, clubs and public squares. Take a table outside Donde Fidel (Plaza de los Coches 32-09) and order a Club Colombia beer. Then again, to hear live music, there’s no reason to leave La Vitrola, where on most nights a talented combo performs merengue, salsa and Cuban music. Sit at the bar and sip an aguardiente, the anise-flavored drink that’s a national favorite.


9 a.m.

Slip back into nature at La Ciénega, a mangrove forest that teems with wildlife. Tours on a wooden canoe are available through Turinco (575-665-70-23;, 30,000 pesos) and meet near the Hotel Las Américas (575-656-72-22; You’ll see kingfishers, herons and pelicans on one side of your boat and Cancún-style high rises from the other. Cross the road to La Boquilla, a popular beach along the sea. Find an umbrella, a hammock and a cool coconut lemonade.


Spirit Air has started a new service to Cartagena from La Guardia, connecting in Fort Lauderdale, with fares starting at $513 for travel next month. Avianca Airlines flies from Kennedy Airport to Cartagena, with a connection in Bogotá, starting at about $530. A taxi to the old city is 10,000 pesos, about $5.60, at 1,800 pesos to the dollar.

The old city is bookended by a pair of medieval convents that have been turned into luxury hotels. Their monk architects knew how to design for comfort. The Sofitel Santa Clara (575-664-60-70;, has 119 rooms, a spa and pool built around a colonial courtyard with tropical gardens. Rooms start at 555,000 pesos.

The other is the Charleston Santa Teresa (Plaza Santa Teresa, 575-664-94-94; Once home to a Carmelite order, the hotel occupies a full city block and is built around a large courtyard with gardens of royal palms and tropical foliage. There is also a rooftop pool with spectacular views. Rooms start at 689,000 pesos.

For more modest budgets, the Casa La Fe on the Fernández Madrid Park (575-664-03-06; has 14 comfortable rooms equipped with Wi-Fi, starting at 200,000 pesos. A breakfast of freshly squeezed tropical juice and eggs is included.


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:eek2: q bacanooo!! q lujo se da la ciudad con este tipo de noticias.!!
gracias hermano2 por subir la noticia.

PD: no se si sabían, pero Anthony Bourdain, el del programa de Discovery travel, vino hace un par de meses a Cartagena, y resulta q lo q mas le gustó fue el mercado de bazurto :lol:, le pareció lo mejor.

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anthony bourdain estuvo aca? jajaj ese programa es la verga, lo peor es que eso es lo que mas le gusta meterse en los mercados, me pregunto como le habra ido en el de aqui jajaj
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