It reminded me of the French quarter in New Orleans without all the fraternity and sorority parties; it was larger, lived in, and full of smaller alley ways where you can still hear the echo of pirates and stow-aways, and words like patina and nostalgia float to the top of your mind when you head out for a meal or into your hotel.
The magical landscape of Colombia’s countryside inspired Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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undiscovered gem on the edge of South America.
And in a country that is on the go and growing with hotels, Cartagena, for a city its size, has a drastically large variety to choose from when it comes to world-class service and style. My favourite was the Casa San Agustin on Calle de la Universidad. Small, tasteful, hip and private, it made me feel like a local and like I was being doted on at the same time.
After Cartagena we flew back to Bogota for a long weekend before heading home and were able to digest all that we had seen. It was a country of variety: multiple mountains, oceans, and jungles, Caribe, Inca and Spanish. In just a couple of weeks you can feel like you have seen three different and distinct countries.
As cheesy as it sounds, there is a magic in the air—the same one Gabriel Garcia Marquez describes in his stories. And as much as I may hate to admit it, Colombia’s new motto, “Magical Realism,” actually fits the bill quite nicely.
About the Author
A true world wanderer, B&R Guide and Trip Designer Tyler Dillon amassed a wealth of knowledge in his decade spent traipsing the globe. As a columnist for The Slow Road, he provides travelling tips and advice, and sharing insights, anecdotes and his passion for the road.