Another Hot Day in the City!
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Well it sweltered to 36C today, and we had thought Cartagena was suppose to be a bit cooler than Santa Marta! Nevermind, we got to add another shade to our ever growing tans nonetheless.
We got up early to get into the showers - oh the joys of living from hostel to hostel and how spolied we were in Casa de Felipe having our own shower and now having to go back to sharing! Nevermind, we soon got over the lack of water coming out of the shower as someone next door brushed their teeth! It´s so hot that as soon as you get out of the refreshing coldness of the shower, you start to uncontrollably sweat. Not the nicest feeling in the world, but one we are both trying to get used to.
Today we decided to walk to Bocagrande, a more exclusive area of Cartagena which has a nice beach and hotels such as the Hilton.
We then basically walked back to the historical area of Cartagena to the shops which are housed in historical dungeons.
Scams and Ripoffs
Cigars: Don´t buy from street vendors. They are fakes. Ask at your hostel for a genuine store ad buy from here only.
Money Changers: They will approach you, but never, ever change money with these people.
Vendors: There are a lot of annoying vendors who will come up to you trying to sell trips. Try to buy through your hostel or hotel first. Also, there are people that come up to you trying to shake your hand and saying ¨Hello my friend!¨ beware of these people and just ignore them. More than likely they are trying to sell you drugs.
Cartagena is Colombia´s top tourist destination so expect prices to be higher here than anywhere else.
Sunday´s mean little is open whatsoever (even for the city with over 1 million people)! Book a tour instead if you find yourself here on a Sunday otherwise chill at the beach for the day.