Cartagena and Playa Blanca
05.09.2010 0 °C
We stepped off our comfy air conditioned bus in the humid heat of Cartagena! After a hot bus ride and walk in to town we checked in and headed out to explore the town. It rains alot in Cartagena, around 4pm each day so the first day was a bit wet but you old town was lovely, small streets full colourfull houses with flowery balconys, horses and carts, and lots of nice music flowing out of peoples houses in to the streets (they like there music loud in south america). The old town is also surrounded by a big wall made out of bricks, stones and coral! This was so that the pirates couldn´t get in cos the town was attacked loads of time! Walking round the town at night is lovely cos lots of performers and musicians take to the streets playing carribean music.
After a few day exploring the city we headed off with some friends to a beach called Playa Blanca, you can either get there in 15 minutes by boat (the expensive way) or try to get there over land. So the group split, 4 of us tryed over land and the other two got the boat. We Started by getting a bus to a town on the outskirts of Cartagena then walking to a ferry crossing where lots of people were talking to us loudly in spanish trying to get us to go on their truck or bus, it was all very confusing. In the end a nice lady and her husband said they´d take us for a small fee so we all jumped in the back of their car and headed over the river on the ferry listening to loud reggaeton.
We nearly got there but the road was too wet for their car so we had to get out and wade down a muddy track to the beach. We got there a found the others after about 3.5 hours. Took alot longer than the boat but was alot cheaper! The beach was beautiful with really clear waters and coral reef just off the shore, we had a swim in the warm sea and had a coconut then cracked open the carribean rum.
Had a wicked night watching the sun set over the carribean and chatting with friends. We all slept in hammocks on the beach and all night you could hear crabs scuttling round underneath us. The next day we hired some snorkeling gear and had a swim round the reef, where we saw some awesome colourful fish and sea urchins.
We decided to get the boat back as the return journey was quite cheap, and it was quite nice comming into cartagenas old town from, the sea- just like the pirates used to do! As it was the night before my birthday we all headed into cartagena town and went to a really nice club and had a great night (from what i can remember). You dont buy shots of rum in clubs here, you buy bottles, need i say more.
It was a cool club too with a really mixed group of people inside so we had the chance to have a laugh with the locals and learn a bit of salse from them too, which was nice. The next day we were both a little hung over so we had a relaxing day walking round town, enjoying the air-con in our room and eating pizza.