on a boat ride that seems more like a can of sardines, but the ride out of the bay of Cartagena, around the island of Barú and here is absolutely stunning. There are no beaches, but the colors of the sea have no equal anywhere else on the Colombian coast. For all of these reasons, the Islas del Rosario
are a must see.
The small archipelago is made of four or five large islands and about a dozen small ones, but in reality includes much more: the entire area is protected as a national submarine park, and this is one of the places where you'll find the most amazing corals in the country.
Going right next to the Oceanarium and snorkeling just outside its ocean fences will let you see gigantic snails.. just watch that firy, red coral on some of the poles and fences. I scratched my back, arm and leg against one by accident and got a third-degree burning. Accidents do happen sometimes while you're on the road...
Yes, most of it is full of enormous houses that belong to rich people, but nevertheless the beauty of the setting is outstanding. You can only get there on a private boat or by booking a spot on one of those massive tours of around forty,