Bienvenidos and welcome to incredible Colombia, a country of surprising contrasts and sultry rhythms.
For adventurous souls only, Cartagena's labyrinthine central market is both dirty and enthralling, an all-out assault on your senses. If it's marketable, it's for sale here: endless stalls of fruits and vegetables, meat, fish and plenty of options to grab a quick bite or juice up on a chilled beverage. If you can find it, look for Cecilia's restaurant, which sometimes serves up river turtle, shark and cow's tongue (it's in the area known as Pescado Frito – ask and people can direct you). You won't likely buy anything here, but it's a fascinating glimpse into the daily lives of real cartagenos . Don't wear flashy jewelry and pay close attention to your camera and wallet, but otherwise grab a taxi (COP$7000 from the old town) and explore away.