Brightly painted colonial structures. A walled city by the sea. Live music, dance, and Spanish song rising from the lively streets. This is Cartagena de Indias.
I am so excited to spend an entire month in Cartagena, Colombia this March! Both Alex's and my mother are coming to celebrate my mom's birthday, then Alex and I are going to do some exploring as a couple for two weeks, followed by a group of awesome friends and readers who will join us for our six-day Cartagena in Color retreat!
What am I doing while I anxiously wait? (Besides enjoying the beaches of Uruguay all February, of course... ) I am drooling at IG photos by travelers from around the world who not only fell in love with Cartagena, but took awesome photos while there.
And because I am SUCH a good person, I'm sharing the goods.
Here are my 15 favorite Instagram Photos of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
I adore the way @eefjemaes captures the color of Cartagena with such a bright, minimalist perspective. View more of her travel adventures here, on Instagram.
Y'all have probably seen the first photo on my website before because I absolutely LOVE it. It is what I picture the most touristic part of Cartagena to be like (with possibly more crowds). That photo was taken by my bud, @LeoLeoFoFeo.
But then there's the second photo by @PamelaDalla - which feels slightly more grungy and authentic ...why do we associate grunge with authenticity, anyway? I imagine it is a sight that can be experienced beyond the well-preserved calles and into the daily life of old city locals making a living for themselves among tourism.
Last building photo, promise! But can we talk about all the Instagram photoshoot opportunities Cartagena offers? I mean, serious #SolangeGoals. This photo is by @ForeverChasingWanderlust.
Okay so I am sure this just has to be for tourists... right? Right?
I assume these beautiful Afro-latinas are similar to the Inca-Peruvian women in Cusco -- walking around in traditional clothing for anxious tourists itching to take a photo. But who knows... obviously I need to go and check it out myself! Love this photo by @Marciastad.
Mmmm... now we are talking. I have been traveling southern South America for some time now and am craving traditional Caribbean meals. I think I spot some patacones, corn on the cob, chicharones, and more. Thanks, @nudeandco for this food porn.
Omg, Omg, Omg ... are these the city walls!? I am DYING to get there. @Ivandeavilaramos does such an amazing job of capturing this destination.
First of all: mad props to anyone taking evening photos. Nighttime photography is difficult!
Second: how gorgeous is this cathedral? I don't even need to see the whole thing to know I want to visit it. I love the way @Angheloph captures Cartagena's signature architecture with his Nikon camera.
Who wants to get to the nitty gritty of Cartagena's music scene? This photo by @chiaramecozzi has me ready to dance the night away -- what about you?
We can't talk about music without some video, right? Thanks to @_bivargas we have some awesome sneak-peek footage of a street performance in Cartagena de Indias.
My kind of sunset. This photo by @sebas96david captures the happy feeling of being in a perfect place with the ones you love and the blessing of travel.
Look at that view of Cartagena! @G.Traverso took this stunning photo from the Convento de la Popa, the city's highest point. What amazing photography!
So I guess the question is...
When are you catching a flight to Cartagena de Indias?
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xx Keep exploring! xx