Colombia, officially called the Republic of Colombia, is situated in the north-west of the South American continent. It is a unified, socialist and democratic right-wing state with a presidential system of government. The republic is politically divided into 32 decentralized departments and the District capital, Bogota, is the headquarters of the national government.
Colombia’s surface area is 440,831 square miles. It borders Venezuela and Brazil to the east, Peru and Ecuador to the south and Panama to the north-east.
Description of the Area
Cartagena de Indias, which is in the north of the country, will take you by surprise. Its people are friendly, and it has centuries of history, museums, and buildings from the turn of the century, as well as beautiful beaches and islands, not to mention restaurants and buzzing nightlife.
Cartagena de Indias’ local cuisine is based on traditional cuisine brought from Spain and various parts of Africa, which later became the foundation for creating their own cuisine. One of the most popular culinary traditions, which came from Africa, is the fruit sellers in their brightly-colored outfits. These “Palenqueras” sell fresh fruit and fruit salads across the city. The people of Cartagena have the same traditional dishes as the rest of the Caribbean region of Colombia, such as egg-filled arepas (corn tortillas), carimañola (fritter filled with yucca, ground meat and cheese), shrimp cocktail and other seafood, buñuelito de fríjol (bean fritters) and Kola Román soda, to name but a few. What’s more, as the city is popular with tourists, it has a wide range of restaurants serving dishes from around the world, including Italian, Mexican, Mediterranean, Chinese, and of course Colombian food.
Places of Interest
Places of Interest:
Cartagena de Indias boasts many interesting places where international, national and local tourists alike visit all year round to experience historical, architectural, esthetic and leisure activities.
· Las Animas Bay Los Pegasos Pier
· Casa del Marqués de Valdehoyos Colonial House
· Santo Domingo Church
· Las Bóvedas
· Convent of Saint Francis
· Museum of Gold
· Government Building
· Casa del Marqués de Premio Real
· San Pedro Claver Church and Monastery
· Las Murallas Naval Museum
· Palacio de La Inquisición colonial building
Outer City Walls
· San Felipe de Barajas Castle
· Pastelillo Fortress
· India Catalina Statue
· Ermita de El Cabrero Chapel
· La Popa Convent
· San Martín Aquarium
· Bocachica beach
· Barú Island
· Botanical Garden
· Rosario Islands
Currency: Colombian Peso. The US Dollar is also generally accepted.
Time zone: UTC – 5
Official language: Spanish (English is also commonly used)
Electricity: 110 volts