This blog is more of a pictorial tour of Cartagena. We didn’t stay long enough for me to learn much about what I was seeing, but the city is striking! It may not be the oldest city, but it has much higher quality architecture. We are fortunate that Sir Francis Drake did not burn it to the ground when he captured it like he did Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Drake did burn Santa Marta as well, which may explain its lack of historical-looking buildings. However, it could also be that Cartagena was the capital of the Spanish holding in the Caribbean, so more effort and expense was put into Cartagena. Regardless, Cartagena is rich in culture, color, beautiful architecture, delicious foods, and artistic murals. I wish we had a few more days to explore this delightful city.