Posted March 2nd, 2012, 12:37 PM
Earlier last month we returned from a Western Caribbean Cruise aboard the Celebrity Equinox which included a stop in Cartagena, Colombia.
This was our second visit to Cartagena. On our first visit we had taken a typical Celebrity offered tour of the scenic highlights of this beautiful city which we enjoyed very much.
On this visit we took a tour offered by Friends For Colombia, http://www.friendsforcolombia.org/
having learned about them from postings on CruiseCritic.com
Our hosts, Dan & Berit Wick met us at the pier and took us in a modern, air conditioned mini bus to visit Grantios des Pas in the Rafael Nuñez barrio of Cartagena to see some of the projects that Friends For Colombia are involved in and to visit with some wonderful Colombians ranging in age from very young to much older . Dan and Berit are a wonderful couple, knowlegeable, friendly and very committed to helping. We were very impressed by them and the work that they and the organizations that they work with are doing. We felt perfectly safe at all times.
This experience was a highlight of our cruise and we would recommend that anyone ( especially if they have visited the city before ) who would like a unique opportunity to get to know and experience the real Cartagena by seeing some of the work this non profit foundation, Granitos de Paz (Grains of Peace) is doing and by getting a chance to meet and interact with wonderful Colombian people consider this tour.
We would invite anyone to consult the website http://www.friendsforcolombia.org/
and if you are interested from there email Dan and Berit for more information.
We expect that if you take the tour you will find it a very rewarding, educational & fun day, as we did !
As we said " It was a highlight of our Cruise" !
David & Alice.