Cartagena de Indias, Bolívar, Colombia

Cartagena de Indias is a port city and the capital of Bolívar Department, Colombia. It is located on the northern coast of the country, at the edge of the Caribbean Sea, about 120 km from Barranquilla. It has been very important to the Spanish Empire for almost three centuries; it was also a center for the slave trade itself as well as the transit of gold from looting destined for Spain. The city and its fortress are classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. There are several fortifications such as the fortress of San Felipe de Barajas and its twelve kilometers of ramparts. The historic center is inside the ramparts. It has a semi-arid tropical climate. To see: the San José Bastion, the San Fernando Fort of Bocachica, the Church of Santo Domingo, the Cathedral of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, the Gold Museum, the Church of Saint Peter Claver and the sanctuary with the relics of the saint. It is a very touristy city and also receives a lot of people thanks to the cruise ships. Most hotels, restaurants and shops are located in the Bocagrande area.

Tips

Avoid traveling in May-June or October-November as rain will be present.

Let yourself be charmed by the old colonial city, you will find many colorful and flowery balconies, monuments, even churches as small restaurants very pleasant.

For a lively night out, go to Santo Domingo Square, the perfect place to have a drink and mix with the city’s residents. You will also find a famous statue of Botero, the Gorda Gertrudis (the fat Gertrude).

If you like the beach, ask about visiting nearby islands either by land or with small excursion boats.

Santiago de Chile, Chile

Santiago de Chile, capital of Chile, is crossed by the Mapocho River with the beautiful scenery of the Andes. Although these mountains provide a beautiful backdrop to the city, they also cause the development of pollution clouds especially in winter. It is a modern metropolis with several theaters, restaurants, shopping malls and universities. It also houses the Grande Torre Santiago (Great Tower) considered the greatest Latin American building. The city has the metro and there is also a motorway partly underground. Unfortunately, Chile is a seismic country and it always can have an earthquake.

Tips

Every day at 10:00 and at 15:00 there is a guided free tour of the city of about 4 hours. The appointment is at Plaza de Armas (Square of Arms). You must usually give a tip to the guide. If you want a beautiful view of Santiago, take the cable car and go to the San Cristobal’ Hill. A statue of the Virgin dominates the summit and there is also a zoo. There is another hill, Santa Lucia, in the center of the city where you could also have a good view if there is no pollution. At the Aviation Square you can see a set of water colors in the evening. Visit its old quarter Concha y Toro that is characterized for having paved streets with ancient houses that reflect the elegance and richness that prevailed in the early twentieth century.

 

Ingleses Beach, Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil

Ingleses Beach is one of the most popular destinations on the island of Florianopolis in southern Brazil all year long and especially during the summer because it has an excellent infrastructure that serves the beach and even a small shopping center. Bars, entertainment, restaurants, nightclubs and the strong presence of shops warranty families and youth diversion in the night, while during the day the beach is the favorite place. Its name was taken because of a wreck of a British vessel in the region between 1683 and 1737. These dates were established by objects found. This is a favorite beach for Argentinians that feel at home by finding a bilingual service and Argentine newspapers too. The large beach (about 5 km), allows one hand, enjoy the calm sea, ideal for taking children and the elderly, and on the other side, the waves are strong and favorable for surfing. The sand is very fine and white, and there are dune formations in this region. In summer, the temperature of the water is warm and pleasant, suitable for a relaxing swim. In the south, the Morro dos Ingleses (a very small mount) separates Ingleses Beach from Santinho Beach.

Tips

If you want to spend several hours on the beach, you can rent a space with some of the posts along the beach that will enable you to use the full service in exchange of consuming something from this post. It is very convenient because you will also have your things monitoring service when you make a bath.
You can eat local specialties especially fish and drink wonderful natural juices throughout the day.
You’ll find all kinds of places for rent as well if you do not like hotels.