Coastal characters

The most beautiful thing in Cartagena is, without a doubt, the people and all the things they do -day by day- to keep it a joyful, colorful and authentic city. Getting to know its history and creating bonds with local people helps us understand the magic realism that Gabriel García Márquez immortalized.

WOMEN OF PALENQUE
These colorfully-dressed and jovial women roam Cartagena, delicately balancing exotic Caribbean fruit on their heads. They originally come from San Basilio de Palenque, a town best known for bringing an end to slavery.

CHESS PLAYERS
A classic scene from the Caribbean coast is that of a group of friends playing chess on a street corner or in the city’s convenience stores. Here, chess is a way to live and socialize.

FRUIT VENDORS
The tropic’s greatest delicacy is its range of fruits. You can try them all on every street corner in Cartagena, giving you a welcome, tasty and fresh break from the Caribbean heat.

ARTISANS
Their exquisite creations are part of the walled city’s landscape. As you walk the streets you will see a wide range of bags, necklaces, baskets and paintings, all created by Cartagena’s artisans.

FISHERMEN
Tenazas beach is where you can watch the fishermen on their canoes with nylon, hooks and a coolbox filled with bait. To avoid the baking heat, they tend to head out at dawn or as night falls.