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Cartegena: Colombia's Premier Tourist Trap

Cartegena, twice sacked (once by Francis Drake) and of great strategic import since the 16th Century, is a shameful wonderland of well-restored Carribean architecture. In the walled old city, that is. Around it, like waves in a pond, spreads the rest of a fairly destitute modern metropolis. Sadly, as cruise ships make an obligatory stop here, the city is a "colonial gem" as well as a "haven for sex tourism" I cut my visit to 3 photo-filled days of wanderin' in the old city and did my best to avoid the hooker bars.

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