Monday, June 30, 2008

Cartagena + Bocagrande + Islas del Rosario

By R.B. Moreno

Brother and sister's month-long trek along South America's northwestern coastline has wound to a close. Below you'll find a slideshow from our last stop: Cartagena, Colombia, founded in 1533 as "one of the storage points for merchandise sent out from Spain and for treasure collected from the Americas to be sent back to Spain," notes Footprint South American Handbook 2006. Colonizers spent over 200 years fortifying the city with thick walls, which remain Cartagena's signature landmark. Today the area's treasure has become tourism; Colombians from Bogotá and Medellín flock to Cartagena for vacation.

A Week in the Sun

Look for more photos and essays about the trip in the coming months.

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