Instagram Favorites: Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

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

Busy, busy.

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

A photo posted by EEFJESWEG 🌿 (@eefjemaes) on

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.

A photo posted by Leo Rodriguez (@leoleofofeo) on

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.

A photo posted by Menchu Ripoll (@nudeandco) on

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.

A photo posted by Africa (@ivandeavilaramos) on

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?

A video posted by Bianca (@_bivargas) on

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.

So this photo by @leidyorozcophotography is actually at the Rosario Islands -- an archipelago people visit while in Cartagena. If coffee is your thing, this "all you can drink" coffee boat is the business. 

A photo posted by Lucho Parada (@luchoparada) on

Can you say "Shopping"!? How many hats will you buy while in Cartagena? Thanks to photographer, @luchoparada, I want one! But what about those bags in @marianapenteado's photo, too? I love to carry a colorful pouch for beach days. Hmmm... so many options. 

A photo posted by Sebastian (@sebas96david) on

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?

If you don't want to go on your own, consider joining my Cartagena in Color luxe trip this March 2017! 


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xx Keep exploring! xx

- Olivia