By Scott Frahlich
Cartagena
Colombia
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Those who desire a taste of true Latin American culture should put a visit to Cartagena, Colombia at the top of their travel “To Do” list. Cartagena sits on the northern shoreline of Colombia and is a major port and tourist attraction. Vacationers can book their flight to Cartagena through EscapeWizard.com using the following link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). The airport in Cartagena is Rafael Nunez International Airport (CTG) and it is located just north of the city. There is a wide variety of hotels in Cartagena, ranging from small bed and breakfast establishments to luxurious hotels with beautiful gardens and excellent amenities.  Of course, you can book your hotel in Cartagena, Colombia with EscapeWizard.com using this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

Cartagena is truly a colorful city with years of history and culture. It was founded in the early 1500s and was a favorite Spanish port. Fearing plundering of their stolen Indian treasures, the Spanish settlers built large walls that served to fortify Cartagena from pirates. These walls exist today and have served to preserve the “Old City” from the modern development that has been built up in other parts of Cartagena. EscapeWizard.com highly recommends exploring everything the “Old City” has to offer.

One may walk the streets of the Old City and see the amazing architecture, including old churches and residences that have been meticulously preserved. There are also small hotels and guest houses within the Old City. Take some time to visit shops that feature native crafts, and restaurants that include both native and more Americanized cuisine. Colombia is known for its emerald mines, and the Old City features many emerald stores where you can converse with the proprietors about their merchandise and how it is mined. One of the more interesting emerald stores in the Old City, and highly recommended by us here at EscapeWizard.com, features a replica of an emerald mine, where visitors can actually see how emeralds appear in their raw form and learn about the painstaking and meticulous work involved in bringing the beautiful stones from mine to market. 

Cartagena is not just about history, though, as it has a thriving cosmopolitan feel to it as well. Not far from Old City is the newer part of Cartagena, known as Bocagrande (“Big Mouth”) where one can shop boutiques, sip coffee and watch the people, or gamble a bit in one of their casinos. In terms of cuisine, EscapeWizard.com definitely recommends sampling one of the many local restaurants where you can purchase a traditional Colombian meal for a very reasonable price.  Stroll along the waterfront and sit at one of the many waterfront bars and simply watch the many people playing on the beach, or browse the vendor stands where locals sell jewelry, pottery, and blankets.  Like most other places in the Caribbean, the vendors can be a bit pushy as they attempt to sell their wares, so avoid them if you are not comfortable with this sort of atmosphere.  Although the waters at Cartagena’s beaches are murky, they are nevertheless a sight to see simply due to the colorful people that congregate there. 

If you are seeking a fascinating vacation where you can experience a rich history, Latin American culture, and beautiful architecture; then consider booking your next vacation to Cartagena, Colombia today through EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Cartagena
By Sandy O\'Neal
Hilton Cartagena
Avenida Almirante Brion, El Laguito, Cartagena, Colombia
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What an exquisite and magical location for a hotel. You will find the Hilton Cartagena Columbia nestled away just 10 minutes from the ancient walled city of Cartagena; it is surrounded on three sides by the Caribbean Sea. The hotel is just 15 miles from the Rafael Nunez International Airport. A taxi is available at the airport for transportation to the hotel.  Check in is at 3:00 p.m. and check out is at noon. All rooms are non-smoking. If you are traveling with your four legged friends, you will find that the hotel is pet friendly.  

Guest rooms can be described as modern, charming, tropical and relaxing. There are 341 deluxe beach front rooms. All guest rooms include TV with cable, a work desk with a lamp, and high speed internet access, coffee maker, mini bar and refrigerator. At the end of your day, the marble bathtub and shower await, and after your shower, slip into your complimentary bathrobe and slippers. 

Your leisure time can be filled with a wide variety of outdoor activities where you can enjoy the tropical Caribbean breezes and bask in the sun. You can jet ski, water ski, windsurf, or sail.  Of if you prefer, spend the day on the beach or at one of the three outdoor pools. There’s even a pool and waterfall for the kids. After a day of soaking up the sun, relax in a Jacuzzi, or pamper yourself by scheduling a spa experience.  

You may also want to play a few games of tennis or racquetball, or even schedule a lesson from a pro. And the kids can enjoy the outdoor playground. If you want to keep up with your fitness routine, a visit to the onsite fitness center may be in order.

If you are looking for a location to host a group meeting, conference, or special event, this is the location for you. The hotel Hilton Cartagena Convention Center is right here. The Convention Center has more than 23,000 sq. ft. of event space that can be tailored to meet your needs. The rooms are equipped with state of the art equipment and professional staff to help make your event unforgettable. There are numerous bars and restaurants onsite for your dining pleasure.

All in all, the Hilton Cartagena is an excellent choice. Book your next stay through EscapeWizard.com by clicking this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).