Enough of Medellin and the cold weather, this morning we are flying to the warmth of the Caribbean Coast and the beautiful city of Cartagena.
We landed around 10 am in Cartagena. It is so warm and humid. I just stepped out the airport that I was already sweating so much. When you arrive in the airport, make sure to follow what the police officer advises you to do, and not listening to the other people around him trying to get you into their cabs. Remember that you are in Colombia, and it is not the safest place to be for Gringos like me.
The airport is located in the eastern side of the city, in the sketchy area. We decided to stay in El viajero hostel in the historic center of Cartagena, inside the old city. Why El viajero ? Cause we had a really good time in Cali and Salento, so why not go there again. DON'T ! The stuff is rude, they never give the right information, the showers do not work, no breakfast included (unlike the others el viajero), the location is not that great, the facilities, etc. You got it, lot of things to complain about. But we stayed there for few days, too complicated to switch places.
Walled city Cartagena, Calle 34, Province de Carthagène des Indes, Bolívar, Colombie
After dropping our bags to the hostel, we went for a walk with Michael and Ryan. The girls were suppose to join us in the evening, but their flight got delayed and they will finally arrive really late at night.
The city itself is not that nice during the day, and lot of street vendors will come to you, trying to sell every kind of stuff, even drugs. Be careful. We got pretty annoyed. Later in the afternoon, we walked by the harbor, trying to find a way to get to Playa Blanca the next day.
For you to know you have two options:
The boat, it takes 45 minutes to get to Playa Blanca, from 30 000 each to 50 000 per person.
The bus, which is not really a bus but more a mini van. They will wait until it is full before departing. Not the most convenient way to get there, but the less expensive one. The journey will take 2 to 3 hours and will cost you 8 000 to 15 000 pesos, depending on your ability to bargain.
We didn't take any decision today, because we didn't know what the girls wanted to do. We told the vendor we would come back tomorrow, and headed back to the hostel.