Cartagena, Colombia

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Cartagena (pronounced Car-tah-hain-ah) has been a busy port throughout history.


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In colonial times, the Spanish stored their treasures looted from the indigenous people in Cartagena to be shipped in their galleons back to Spain.


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The natural harbor an proximity to the Panama Canal make it a convenient location for trade in today's economy.


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Many Cartagena's colonial buildings remain in the old town, but the skyscrapers testify to the city's vitality today.


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Sun Princess passengers disembark for a day of sightseeing and shopping.
The crowd is smaller that it was in Costa Rica because of publicity surrounding the kidnappings that have occured in Colombia in recent months.

As our bus left the port area, we were surprised at the amount of security the in place. The road into the dock area is double gated with guards posted to control access to the ships.

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This page was last updated on February 10, 2000.