[Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.] Meg Butler (Fodor’s Travel) says, “Get ready to spend your next vacation inside an IRL Disney movie.” Her article is entertaining and funny, but it also rekindled my dream to see Cartagena sometime soon. Butler writes:
Have your eye on a Caribbean vacation? Before you make plans to go to the Bahamas again, you should know that there’s a tropical destination catching everyone’s attention for looking too Instagram filtered to be true: Cartagena, Colombia.
Can an affordable Caribbean destination with Technicolor buildings and sapphire oceans really exist? We checked it out just to be sure. Our verdict? Not only is this corner of the Caribbean gorgeous, we’re pretty sure it’s an IRL Disney movie, no filter necessary.
We’re Somewhere Between Coco and Tangled and It’s Messing With Our Minds
Exiting off of the busy thoroughfare to drive through the towering main gate of the walled city is just about as close to time travel as you can experience this century. The streets are cobblestone, the buildings 16th century and painted pink, or gold or peacock blue that are part Tangled, part Coco and its all frankly, a little disorienting. [. . .]