June 9, 2012
Earlier this year, I took Overseas Adventure Travel's trip titled "Colombia'sColonial Jewels & Caribbean Coast. " Colombia is a great travel destination, with a plethora of learning and discovery opportunities for adventurous travelers. We visited Bogotá, Santa Marta and my favorite, Cartagena. We experienced everything from coffee tasting to mud baths on the Totuma volcano to a visit to the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá. Overseas Adventure Travel, (800) 955-1925, http://www.oattravel.com . Eleven-day trip from $2,945, including international airfare and taxes.
April 18, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Three Secret Service agents implicated in a prostitution scandal in Colombia - including two supervisors - are leaving the agency as investigators seek to determine whether the embarrassing episode led to a security breach. Officials said it appeared that none of the 11 Secret Service agents who allegedly brought prostitutes to their hotel rooms in Cartagena before President Obama arrived for the Summit of the Americas last weekend had weapons, radios, schedules or other potentially sensitive material in their rooms.
April 18, 2012 |
As far as international diplomatic meetings go, the Summit of the Americas in the Colombian seaside city of Cartagena that concluded last weekend may not have produced any memorable initiatives or free-trade agreements, at least not as part of the official agenda. But unofficially, the summit managed to grab headlines after allegations surfaced that U.S. Secret Service agents assigned to pre-arrival security detail for President Obama may have engaged in misconduct, including hiring prostitutes.
May 1, 2011
THE BEST WAY TO CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA From LAX, Spirit Airlines and COPA offer connecting service (change of plane) to Cartagena . Restricted round-trip fares begin at $762, excluding taxes and fees. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 57 (the country code for Colombia), then the number listed below. THE TOUR "The Cartagena of Gabriel García Márquez" audio tour is available through the Tierra Magna tourist office, http://www.tierramagna.com , with a branch in Plaza Santo Domingo, where the tour begins.
May 1, 2011 |
I paused on a steamy February afternoon in Cartagena's Plaza Santo Domingo. In the square's center, tourists dined on fresh seafood and coconut rice at umbrella-shaded tables. At its edge was the 16th century Santo Domingo Church, whose twisted tower is — local legend has it — the result of the devil's failed attempt to demolish the sanctuary. Touts beckoned passersby into gleaming boutiques, while stray dogs, hoping for table scraps, competed with street musicians for the diners' attention.
December 24, 2010 |
It wasn't so long ago that Colombia was synonymous with "narco-state" to many foreigners, and just about the only international visitors were "backpackers and thrill seekers," as a former U.S. ambassador put it. Tell that to the four giant cruise ships that recently docked within hours of one another in this Spanish colonial port city, disgorging 6,000 foreigners. Most headed to Old Cartagena for a day of sightseeing and shopping, jamming the narrow streets of what many believe is the best-preserved colonial city on the continent.