Cartagena

Cartagena

ICartagena de Indias is a city on the Caribbean coast of Colombia and with its 952,036 inhabitants (1 January 2005) capital of the Department of Bolívar. The city's name comes from the Spanish city of Cartagena, the addition “de Indias” serves to distinguish the two. Cartagena is located on the Caribbean coast in the north of the country with access to both the open sea and the Bahia de Cartagena. The city has asserted itself as one of the most beautiful colonial cities in South America. Cartagena is the city with the most tourists, not least because of its geographical location, the safest and best guarded city in Colombia. The fully walled old city center with the fortress ring , the cathedral and numerous palaces in Andalusian style, San Diego, the quarter of traders , small tradesmen and craftsmen, was declared a National heritage site in 1959 and is a UNESCO World heritage site since 1984. On a headland next to the walled Old City is the huge hotel zone, Boca Grande. The Caribbean nightlife in Cartagena de Indias is legendary, a tourist specialty is "rumba en chiva", a party bus. Most nightclubs are located in Calle Arsenal, Getsemaní. Smaller clubs and restaurants are located in the historic center of the city. The inhabitants are to a large part of African descent. Among the most important sources of income include fishing, tourism, shipping cargo, oil industry. Exports are mainly oil coffee and platinum. In this city and the surrounding areas, large parts of the Bud Spencer movie “Banana Joe” were filmed.