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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.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 2013 | By Chris Kraul
Cali, COLOMBIA - It's a long way to go for dance lessons, but that's why French law student Graziella Giacomarra has traveled 6,000 miles to Cali, to learn some of salsa's most intricate and high-energy steps. This month at the Sondeluz dance studio on the second floor of a drab commercial building, Giacomarra was hot-stepping to a blistering, brass-driven salsa beat, her feet blurring in close unison with those of her teacher, Luz Ayde Moncayo. It was the eighth week of classes for the 24-year-old Lyon native who hopes to someday be an agent for professional dancers.
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TRAVEL
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Former President Clinton visited Colombia last week, meeting with President Juan Manuel Santos while visiting Cartagena, where Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro showed him around the city in an electric taxi. Then Clinton took time out to visit with Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez , 86. Marquez has been said to be suffering from dementia. Last summer, his brother, Jaime Garcia Marquez, announced that cancer treatments the writer had undergone hastened a memory decline.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 2013 | By Chris Kraul
Cali, COLOMBIA - It's a long way to go for dance lessons, but that's why French law student Graziella Giacomarra has traveled 6,000 miles to Cali, to learn some of salsa's most intricate and high-energy steps. This month at the Sondeluz dance studio on the second floor of a drab commercial building, Giacomarra was hot-stepping to a blistering, brass-driven salsa beat, her feet blurring in close unison with those of her teacher, Luz Ayde Moncayo. It was the eighth week of classes for the 24-year-old Lyon native who hopes to someday be an agent for professional dancers.
TRAVEL
October 2, 2005
IN response to "A Cautionary Note About Cartagena," [Letters, Sept. 18], the presence of armed forces in Cartagena and other Colombian cities has resulted in a drastic decrease in crime. Cartagena is a beautiful place with historic architecture that is without rival in Latin America, and it's also a modern beach resort. Each year hundreds of thousands of Europeans and Canadians visit Colombia. It's time for America to realize that Colombia is much more than what Hollywood movies have depicted and the image that adventurous reporters have created.
NEWS
April 18, 2012 | By Sandra Hernandez
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Former President Clinton visited Colombia last week, meeting with President Juan Manuel Santos while visiting Cartagena, where Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro showed him around the city in an electric taxi. Then Clinton took time out to visit with Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez , 86. Marquez has been said to be suffering from dementia. Last summer, his brother, Jaime Garcia Marquez, announced that cancer treatments the writer had undergone hastened a memory decline.
NATIONAL
April 18, 2012 | By Ken Dilanian, Washington Bureau
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.
NEWS
June 14, 1994
When leaders of Latin America, Spain and Portugal meet today in Cartagena, Colombia, hot topics are expected to include economic embargoes on Cuba and Haiti. This will be the fourth summit of Ibero-American heads of state. At last year's meeting, in Brazil, 21 leaders signed a resolution criticizing the U.S. embargo against Cuba's Communist government.
TRAVEL
February 16, 2013
Karmairi Hotel Spa is an outstanding boutique property on the beach outside of Cartagena, Colombia. It's a good place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city but close enough to see the sights. A shuttle takes you into town. The staff is very attentive. Rooms from about $170. Karmairi Hotel Spa, Via Manzanillo del Mar, Cartagena, Colombia; 011-57-1-7040654, http://www.karmairi.com Judy Gordon Los Angeles
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2012 | By Sharon Mizota
Oh, postwar American dream, what have you wrought? Isn't it enough to have coated one nation in an endless spew of soulless, cookie cutter homes? At Kopeikin Gallery, Alejandro Cartagena's crisp photographs of new suburban developments in northern Mexico attest that clearly, it is not. On the one hand, his images of tight, economical rows of cubes attest to the steadfast appeal of the dream - who doesn't want a little corner of the earth to call their own? On the other, they highlight the extent to which industrial society has preyed on that simple desire, distorting it into something cold and nightmarish.
TRAVEL
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.
NATIONAL
April 18, 2012 | By Ken Dilanian, Washington Bureau
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.
NEWS
April 18, 2012 | By Sandra Hernandez
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.
TRAVEL
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.
TRAVEL
September 18, 2005
REED JOHNSON certainly had a different experience from what we had ["Cultural Soul of Colombia," Sept. 11]. Our cruise ship stopped in Cartagena several years ago. We were warned not to go anywhere without our taxi driver. There were armed soldiers about every 500 feet. They lined the sea wall. We were taken to two shopping areas. The first had many street vendors, who were the most obnoxious we have ever encountered. They got right in your face, and when you said no, they ran down the street ahead of you and tried again.
NEWS
April 26, 1994
The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) winds up its 25th ministerial conference Wednesday in the Spanish colonial city of Cartagena, Colombia. In a paper presented at the three-day meeting, ECLAC said economic restructuring in the region during the 1980s often concentrated income and increased poverty, "which at the beginning of the current decade affected about 46% of the population."
TRAVEL
May 1, 2011 | By Rachel B. Levin, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
WORLD
December 24, 2010 | By Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
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.
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