Cartagena Travel Blog› entry 6 of 11 › view all entries
I could not be bothered taking the long bus ride up to cartagena so i hopped into a nice little travel agency in medellin where of course no one spoke a single word of english and somehow managed to get an aires flight up to cartagena. the advantage of aires in this case is that the fly from the small airport inside medellin itself next to the bus terminal whereas avianca & co are using the big international airport 1 hour and 26dollars away.
the airport was indeed rather bus terminal like and it was not easy to catch the right plane as there was only a loud melange of destinations over the loudspeaker and and a constant flow of people seemingly randomly boarding planes. nevertheless i managed to get on the right one and after a quick stop out in nowhere after one hour (a location well able to serve as a drug baron estaste backdrop) i arrived in cartagena.
first impression: it's HOT. no more mountains, this is the carribean coast. the airport is quite touristically pleasing and cute and you are out in a taxi before you even know whats happened.
after a short ride along the terribly ugly beaches you arrive in the centre which is an old colonial walled city. its a bit of cusco & hoi an with a flavor of macau & ping yao thrown in. 2 parts lie in the more touristy area and 1 in a rather dodgy extension. of course my hotel was in the dodgy area.
switched to a nicer air con hotel (in the same area) on the second day which made my stay very pleasant. hotel villa colonial on calle media luna is great value for money!