Cartegena Independence Day
Trip Start Aug 26, 2009
76Trip End Jun 24, 2010
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We planned to do 2 days seeing the city and its famous old town then going on down the coast. Well the first bit worked fine, we walked around the walled city, it has some charming back streets and good views of the old walls. We also took a trip out to some mud baths that we had heard about. It was an amazing experience, the mud 'baths' were actually just a pit in the top of a volcano that you were man-handled into
After the mud bath trip we kept hearing that in a couple of days there are celebrations for independence day and the Miss Cartagena contest. We decided to stay, especially since so far our trip has lacked classic South american fiestas. The next problem was working out what was happening when everyone seemed to have conflicting times and dates for events. On the 3rd day we asked the hostel owner where the party was, his response was "Everywehere, there are fiestas all over". Well we couldn't find them so instead we hung out in the plazas nearby and watched some gringo vs locals football. Tim decided to join in barefoot, which needless to say ended badly as the next day he had little to no skin left on the soles of his feet. Our plans to explore the city were out of the window for a bit.
On the 4th day we heard there was a parade going through streets and that there would be lots of partying, so off we went, again, looking for the action
Once the parade calmed down we went into the old town and danced the night away in front of live bands (while still fighting the locals with foam). Jemma learnt some colombian dance moves from some friendly local ladies, it wasn't until their pimp propositioned one of the guys
who was with us that we realised they were all hookers. It was definitely our biggest party day so far.
The next day was the Miss Colombia celebration. The contestants are real celebrities and there was another huge parade and of course more foam etc. The morning after we managed to finally drag ourselves away from Catragena and off to Taganga for some relaxation.