Cartagena's Spanish colonial architecture
Indisputably the glittering jewel in Colombia’s colonial crown, cruising Caribbean Cartagena’s crumbling cobblestones, casas and cathedral is a sensual, no-guidebook-needed treat, the picture-perfect old town made for random, lingering exploration. Spanish colonial architecture lines up photogenically, the distinctive beats of vallenato accompany your rambles, and butifarreros walk the streets selling Cartagena’s hallmark snack, the butifarra (smoked meatballs). Grab a handful, wash it down with the best fruit juice you’ll ever sip, and keep wandering. This is a city of fables and renown: buccaneers and soldiers of fortune, colonial masters and peasant revolts have all graced these streets, and just taking time to slowly soak in the history and unique ambience is an unforgettable experience.