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About Cartagena de Indias - Colombia


20 July de 1810
Iván Duque Márquez

Cartagena de Indias has been founded the 1st June 1533 by Pedro Heredia. Cartagena has become prospect because of the gold, emeralds exploitation and other riches. It was also a commercial port for the boats navigating from Peru to Cuba and then to Spain. Unfortunately, the city has been reduce to ash in 1552. After that, Heredia has forbidden and building construction other than brick, tiles and rocks.
The prosperity of Cartagena de Indias has attracted the interest of pirates. And the first pirate attack was those from the French Roberto Baal. After the next years, Cartagena has known other attacks by John Hawkins, the Juan brothers and Martin Cote, and Francis Drake. After these attacks, a wall has been built around the city. Cartagena has become the most protected city in South America. The Spanish conceived forts, batteries and castles thanks to the ingenuity of their architects and the Italians. Finally, the work has been done be African slaves.
Cartagena features a tropical wet and dry climate. Humidity averages around 90%, with rainy seasons typically in May–June and October–November. The climate tends to be hot and windy.

Tourism is a mainstay of the economy.
Fortresses in Cartagena de Indias: Of the twenty fortresses comprising the walls in the district of Getsemaní, today 16 are still standing, preserved in good condition.
The fortifications of San Felipe de Barajas in Cartagena, protected the city during numerous sieges, giving its character and reputation unassailable. These are described as a masterpiece of Spanish military engineering in the Americas.
The Rafael Núñez International Airport, is the busiest airport in Colombia's Caribbean region and the fourth in passenger traffic in the country. The code of the airport is CTG, having flights to almost all airports in Colombia including Bogota's El Dorado International Airport.
The gastronomy of Cartagena de Indias
The city is renowned internationally and by this fact, many restaurants propose a varied gastronomy to accommodate tourists and offer a worldwide gastronomy that’s the same for all the touristic cities
Seafood and fishes are evidently excellent meals such as pargo, bocachico, sierra, crab legs, shrimps, squid, etc.
In the historic center, precisely at the Portal de Los Dulces, you can taste trypical candies from Cartagena made of coconut, pineapple, papaya, grapefruit and also made with milk.

Ministry of Tourism of Colombia: http://www.mincit.gov.co/minturismo/inicio
Wikipédia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cartagena,_Colombia