Doors of Cartagena Colombia on the Caribbean Coast

My first solo trip to Cartagena Colombia introduced me to the magic of this colonial city along the Caribbean Sea. I stayed at a wonderful hostel called Casa de la Chicheria within the old walled city of Cartagena.

 

Black and white door with bright yellow frame in Cartagena Colombia

Black and white door with bright yellow frame in Cartagena Colombia

 

Walking around the old city I noticed beautiful doors everywhere. Cartagena is a gorgeous city along the Caribbean coast of Colombia.

The vibe is relaxed and fun in Cartagena. From the dancers at Plaza de la Paz to the vibrant colors of the palenqueras selling fruit around the old city, you can’t help but feel happy and smile in Cartagena.

On my second trip to Colombia I visited Bogota, Medellin, and celebrated New Year’s in Cartagena with friends I met there in May. As for the climate I found Bogota a bit chilly and Cartagena a little too hot and humid. Medellin has the perfect climate for me and that helps make it my favorite city in Colombia so far.

 

Beautiful textured door adorned with lion's head - Cartagena Colombia old walled city on the Caribbean coast

Beautifully textured door adorned with lion’s head in the old city of Cartagena

 

I enjoy exploring a city on foot and Cartagena is a splendid city for strolling around enjoying the architecture and taking in the culture and vibe of the walled city.

Generally I do not sleep much while traveling. I may get 5 or 6 hours sleep whereas at home I get around 7 or 8 hours sleep. While traveling I tend to wake up early even if I get to bed late the night before so I have taken up the habit of going for early morning walks while traveling.

 

Pale blue door in the old walled city of Cartagena Colombia - colonial city on the Caribbean Coast

Pale blue door in the old walled city of Cartagena

 

Seeing a city in the early morning light before the streets have come to life is peaceful. On my walks around Cartagena I couldn’t stop taking photos of all the beautiful doors along the way.

 

Door with lion's head - Cartagena Colombia - colonial city on the Caribbean Sea

Door with lion’s head – Cartagena Colombia

 

Cartagena was granted status as UNESCO World Heritage Site #285 in 1984.

 

Door with many locks - Cartagena Colombia walled city - UNESCO World Heritage Site $285

Door with many locks – Cartagena Colombia walled city

 

Many times I walked by the beautiful and colorful bakery El Pandequeso in Cartagena.

 

Walled city of Cartagena Colombia features colorful architecture and relaxed vibe

Cartagena features many colorful buildings in the walled city – El Pandequeso

 

I noticed a lot of fancy doorknockers on the beautiful doors of the old walled city of Cartagena.

 

 

Elaborately doorknockers feature on many doors in old walled city of Cartagena Colombia

Doorknocker – Cartagena Colombia

 

 

Doors in Cartagena Colombia are often adorned with attractive doorknocker in the old walled colonial city

Fish shaped doorknocker – Cartagena Colombia

 

 

Doors with fancy doorknockers in the old walled city of Cartagena Colombia on the Caribbean coast

Door featuring an iguana doorknocker in Cartagena Colombia

 

Interestingly many of the doors contained a smaller door within the main door.

 

Doors and architecture of World Heritage Site Cartagena Colombia

White door with lizard doorknocker – Cartagena Colombia

 

 

Colonial city Cartagena Colombia with colorful buildings and beautiful doors in the old walled city

Cartagena features brightly colored buildings in the walled city

 

 

UNESCO World Heritage status was granted to Cartagena Colombia in 1984

Lizard doorknocker – Cartagena Colombia – walled city

 

 

Colorful turquoise door on yellow building in Cartagena Colombia - colonial town on the Caribbean coast

Turquoise door in Cartagena Colombia

 

 

UNESCO World Heritage site #285 - Cartagena Colombia with its walled city and fortress

Door with a fancy lizard doorknocker in Cartagena Colombia

 

 

Cartagena Colombia - colonial town within walled city - UNESCO World Heritage Site #285

Beautiful worn door with lizard – Cartagena Colombia

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Susan Moore spent 7 months traveling around Southeast Asia back in the 90's. Returning to Canada she found a job working on rotation in Siberia Russia. She later moved to Austin Texas where she started a bookkeeping business, allowing her to work remotely. Currently Susan is in year 4 of living a nomadic life, roadtripping around the USA and Canada and writing about her experiences. Read all about Susan » You can reach Susan Moore at Facebook or Twitter or Instagram

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