Colombia was on our list to add to our Country Collection.
Google Maps guided us in the right direction…2.4 KM from our location within the Walled City. Interesting street art in the Getsemani neighborhood. Crossing the bridge gave a view of the river below. The sad part was to see locals with children living in poverty along the banks of the river.
We decided to visit without a guide. $10.00 each to enter. Posters with information pointed us in the right direction. The steep steps to the top of the Fortress are worth the climb. Amazing view of the surrounding area. Had we not gone in the morning, the area would congested with tourists arriving from Cruise Ships.
For a break we stopped and watched the video explaining the history of the battles and construction of the Castle. Cartagena was a desirable conquest for enemies of the Spanish Crown and pirates as well. In 1536 the castle was constructed on San Lazaro Hill to prevent attacks.
Took a look at the hidden tunnels …only briefly. The tunnels are low and more than 600 meters long.