Plaza Bolivar, Cartagena

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Seek welcome respite from the hot afternoon sun at Plaza Bolivar, a shady oasis in the center of Cartagena. The historic tree-lined square, which for centuries sat at the heart of Cartagena life, serves as an unrivalled spot for people-watching. Take a seat on a park bench and relax as local life whirrs by. You're bound to see plenty of talented street artists who drop by to perform their act, dip their hat, then move on to find a fresh crowd. Grab some local street food at one of the stalls surrounding the square while you wait. A visit to Plaza Bolivar represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Cartagena online vacation planner to plot your vacation.
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  • We used the park as a beacon on how to find our bay back to our hotel and other spots. Sat in the park early one morning waiting for the Cathedral to open, saw a dance group one evening perform for th...  more »
  • If square is very beautiful, the bad thing has is that to be so busy accumulates trash and certain annoying smells (seen some use it to urinate) is at the forefront of a couple of interesting museums, a small square surrounded by trees.
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  • Pretty square where you can see dances to the sound of drums and flute once night falls. Plan a few small notes of 1,000 or 2,000 pesos
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  • it's a large square in Bogota where the governmemt resides. In the same are there are nice colonial houses. That area is Candalaria. Worth a visit by daytime.
  • This literally is one of my favorite places to see traditional folk dances and Afrocolombian dances! Excellent place
  • Beautiful! Such a cool piece of history! The signs with explanations were well written!
  • Dance off at noght typical colombiano dancing, walking, especial place.
  • Trees, cool place to hang, young people dancing, secure, friendly police officers on duty 24 hours, nice feel

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Despite its status as a major tourist hub, Cartagena offers a good choice of affordable places to stay. If you're looking to splurge, consider staying at one of the town's restored colonial-era buildings, which now house boutique hotels packed with modern amenities. Alternatively, several old monasteries in Cartagena's walled colonial district offer outstanding facilities at very high prices. Budget-conscious travelers can explore the many mid-range hotels and low-cost hostels clustered in Getsemani, an up-and-coming neighborhood and center of the backpacker scene.
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