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Cartagena — From touring a Spanish fort and exploring centuries-old city walls to bedding down in a mansion-cum-boutique hotel and sipping mojitos in a trendy cevicheria, Cartagena blends its colonial past with its stylish present better than almost anywhere in Latin America. Pockets of the city continue to gentrify and Cartagena’s streets are abuzz with new restaurants, galleries, and nightspots that stay open until the sun rises over the bay. But it’s the old cobbled streets, UNESCO buildings, and historic charm that really draw the company. And while years of civil discord have plagued the country, most of the fighting takes place deep in Colombia’s forests, far outside big cities like Cartagena and Bogota.

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Restored colonial mansions turned boutique hotels, indie-designer shops, killer seafood, and a fun, funky coastal atmosphere that parties hard.

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