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Volcan de Lodo El Totumo - famous with tourists visiting Cartagena, it's not the type of volcano you typically think of, as it's a mud volcano. People climb up and drop inside of a giant mud bath, which reputedly has therapeutic properties. This was high on our list of things to do but staying here during New Year's made it difficult to arrange …
Tolu - such a cute and charming little Colombian seaside town, even though there isn't much to see or do in the town itself, it's the kind of place perfect for lingering and doing very little of anything other than drinking a cold beer or refreshing tropical fruit juice, eating some fresh seafood, and chilling in a hammock with a book.
Cartagena evokes memories of so many incredible locales - being a walled city with a privileged location on the ocean, walking atop the ramparts is reminiscent of Dubrovnik or Kotor. How about the multi-million dollar yachts in the harbour, with uber-chic bars full of beautiful people grooving to the beats of techno or house? Think Budva. Everyone …
... enjoyed our meal out. I had lasagna. It wasn't extra tomatoey like I make my lasagna and as many do in the United States. It was more cheesy with a smaller amount of tomatoey beef in the center layer.. It was excellent!
We all walked to Popsy--their version of Baskin Robbins--after dinner and got ice cream. I got a double scoop of Mocaccino--yummy! Needless to say, I was full when I finished, but the 2-3 block walk ...
... gave us a great insight on some of his work. We have also worked on a food tasting menu to work alongside the wines, using very scientific research to match the two perfectly. At the moment, we are helping him find out more about a recent bug infestation he has on the vines. Each day, we go out to study the habits of the bugs, take photos and try to work out if the bugs are damaging to the grapes. As you can see, itīs really a mixed bag here but this makes it all the ...
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Cartagena hotels are very pricey during Christmas and the New Year, but the Hotel Lee represented fair value. Less than a five minute walk to the old town, it's close to all the action, but also quiet enough for a good sleep. It's in a part of Getsemani undergoing gentrification, with boutique shops and nice restaurants sprouting up just outside the hotel's doors. Will probably be a very upscale street in a few years.
The hotel was always kept spotless, and the rooftop lounge/pool was great to cool off in the afternoon. The staff was phenomenal, especially the manager, Luis. He went above and beyond answering our questions, and helping us book tours and private transport to Santa Marta. Upon arrival there, we realized we had left behind a pair of sandals - no problem, as Luis not only quickly located them, but couriered them to our final stop in Bogota. Would definitely recommend this place and also return in the future.
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