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Cartagena de Indias, Colombia Day 5

Day Five 7/4 Tuesday

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We took a walking tour of the city. Meli was our tour guide, she took us to all the squares, convents, forts, theaters and every iconic spot while giving us the complete history of each spot. The tour took about two hours, and after we were all done we went for lunch to a different area of Cartagena called”Getsemani”. There we grabbed lunch at “La Casa de Socorro”. Cute place with great food, I had fish cooked in a tomato broth accompanied by patacones and rice. After lunch we walked around Getsemani in search for a famous park (which we never found). Either way, as we were walking around we saw this dinosaur looking birds and to our surprise they were Andean Condors. The wing span is about 10 feet, it was fantastic.

As we made our way back to the hotel, we stoped at one of the corner street vendors to get some sweets and replenish our energy to be ready for the night. After a well deserved nap, we went for dinner to “1621”, probably the fanciest place we went to. This restaurant is located inside one of the old convents (Convento de Santa Clara). They have a beautiful garden where you can enjoy a magical dinner with your loved one. Although it was a bit pricy and the ambiance was amazing, the food wasn’t as good as El Santisimo. They combine Colombian and French techniques, using all fresh local fruits and seafood. We tried the smoked octopus and oxtail. Both very tender and savory. Definitely worth the try, at least for the beautiful candlelight garden.

*Tip of the day. Be sure to call ahead to any restaurant and make reservations, most places require a reservation. If you don’t think you can get through a whole phone conversation in Spanish, ask your hotel concierge for help.

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