Posts tagged: Colonial

Colombia: The White City Of Popayán

By , November 4, 2010 5:00 am
Beautiful Sky In Popayan

Beautiful Sky In Popayan

Before we crossed over to Ecuador, we made a stop in the town of Popayán. The white city walls, colonial architecture, and gastronomy draw made Popayán a great last stop in Colombia.

Street View Of Popayán

Street View Of Popayán

We took the long route to the top of El Morro de Tulcan (an Indian pyramid). We didn’t see the stairs so we climbed up and it was not a good idea to do it with sandals. Luckily, we made it to the top and it was a great view of downtown. The spot was also a popular location for young couples that were not shy about public affection.

Sunset From The Top Of El Morro De Tulcan

Sunset From The Top Of El Morro De Tulcan

It got dark very fast and the evening sunset colors exaggerated the white walls. There were lots of students hanging in the streets. While we were standing in Parque de Caldas, admiring the Clock Tower, it started to pour. We quickly headed to a nearby restaurant that looked nice. It was a romantic dinner among candlelight and the food was very tasty. While it would have been nice to celebrate with my family and friends, I still had a great birthday.

Happy Birthday MuiMui!

Happy Birthday MuiMui!

Creamy Trout

Creamy Trout

Thank you Boris!

Santo Domingo Church

Santo Domingo Church

Catedral Basílica Nuestra Señora De La Asunción

Catedral Basílica Nuestra Señora De La Asunción

Me & Frenchie

Me & Frenchie

What We Paid: Colombian
Pesos
1800
USD eRate
2500
Euro eRate
– Bus from Cali To Popayán: 4 hours 8,000 4.44 3.20
– Private Double Room at Los Portales Hotel:
private bathroom, hot water, wifi, friendly staff, clean and nice rooms
40,000 22.22 16
– Breakfast 5,000 2.78 2
– Lunch 6,500 3.61 2.60
– Dinner 20,500 11.39 8.20

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Colombia: Strange Sensations In Cartagena

By , October 21, 2010 10:21 am
Me & Frenchie

Me & Frenchie

From France, we made our way back to the Americas, to Cartagena in Colombia, South America. Maybe because of what we heard about Colombia, we thought everyone looked kind of sketchy at first. Luckily, first impressions are often wrong. We ended up staying in Cartagena for three wonderful days and every local we encountered was super nice. We got to try so many different foods and everywhere we went, there was always coffee! My favorite meal had to be good old fashion rice with beans and chicken. It was so yummy, almost as good as how my Puerto Rican best friend’s grandmother makes it.

Kite Flying Is A Traditional Past Time

Kite Flying Is A Traditional Past Time

The old town has a lot of Spanish Colonial buildings in more or less good shape. The colorful walls help bring life to even the most deserted alleys. There is tons of great food to try too. The trick is to ask for the lunch menu (almuerzos) and you will get a soup, an entrée, a drink, and sometimes even a dessert; all this for half the price of a regular dish. In one of the small alleys, I was so happy to find a street vendor selling sliced fruit with salt dipping (best with mango), just like we had in Vietnam.

Colorfully Painted Buildings In Old Town

Colorfully Painted Buildings In Old Town

Spanish Colonial Architecture

Spanish Colonial Architecture

We opted for an organized tour to see the mud volcano of El Totumo. Wow, what a strange sensation. Once we walked up the steps to the top of the volcano, we were looking down into a crater filled with people submerged in mud. When I finally jumped in, all I can feel was this thick and wet substance all around me. I even got a massage while in the mud. It felt nasty and nice at the same time. After hours of fun, we went to the beach for lunch and were served fresh fried fish. Cartagena is a great introduction to Colombia.

Mud volcano of El Totumo

Mud volcano of El Totumo

Mud Fest

Mud Fest

The Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

The Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

Tunnels In Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

Tunnels In Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

Dungeons Turned Into Shops At Las Bóvedas

Dungeons Turned Into Shops At Las Bóvedas

What We Paid: Colombian
Pesos
1800
USD eRate
2500
Euro eRate
– Local bus from airport to Getsemani:
15 mins, Price Written On Bus
1,500 0.83 0.60
– Private Double Room at Casa Tatis:
AC, private bathroom, shared kitchen, wifi, great staff, very clean, highly recommend
60,000 33.33 24.00
– Lunch 5,500 3.06 2.20
– Dinner 7,500 4.17 3.00
– Volcano Tour 35,000 19.44 14.00

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