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Cartagena taxi advice & old city review


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My first piece of advice and a lesson learnt from our day in Cartagena last week is in relation to taxis.

1. DON'T get a taxi within the port; you'll get charged $20 flat rate to the old city centre or most other tourists destinations.

2. DO get one just outside the port entrance but do NOT pay anything more than $5 FOR THE ENTIRE TRIP or 10,000 pesos (at time of writing). We only found this out on our return journey to the ship from a local.

3. Most of the taxi drivers will offer you a city tour or similar. Only accept if that is what you would like to do and again, barter hard!

Like most tourists we headed straight for the old city centre, where we spent a few hours wandering from street to street, plaza to plaza. It's not a huge place to comfortably walk around in a few hours and get a good flavour of the city.

Barter hard for souvenirs from street sellers touting hats, hammocks and hair accessories. Pick up some local produce from the many vendors who offer anything from plastic cups rammed with fruit to local bread laden with freshly barbecued meat.

If you need a cash point we found one just under the clock tower where the sweet vendors had set up camp.

There are several museums free of charge to enter, including the museum of gold, just off Simon Bolivar plaza. As you learn about early civilisation panning for gold in South America you will also be able to take advantage of free bathrooms & great air conditioning.

A great city with a great vibe. Enjoy.



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