NCL Port: Cartagena, Columbia

My family and I recently went on a 10 night cruise, over Christmas 2016, on Norwegian Cruise Line.  The itinerary was Miami –> Aruba –> Cartagena, Columbia –> Panama Canal / Gatun Lake –> Colon, Panama –> Puerto Limon, Costa Rica –> Miami.

This first post is about Cartagena, Columbia!

My dad, sister and I decided to book an eco-canoe tour through the mangroves.  First we started off with a stop at the San Felipe de Barajas Fortress.

San Felipe de Barajas Fortress San Felipe de Barajas Fortress

Then our bus headed to the La Boquilla fishing village via a beach road.  From here, we’d be picked up in canoes for 4 people, plus the guy paddling, through the Cueva de Manglar.  The canoes here have certainly seen better days, and required bailing periodically throughout our hour long canoe trip.

La Boquilla Fishing Village - Eco-canoe tour La Boquilla Fishing Village - Eco-canoe tour La Boquilla Fishing Village - Eco-canoe tour

These guys were conveniently throwing the nets as we came around the corner - tips appreciated ;)
These guys were conveniently throwing the nets as we came around the corner – tips appreciated 😉

La Boquilla Fishing Village - Eco-canoe tour

After arriving back to the dock, we were treated to a delicious coconut before heading back to the city and finally the cruise ship pier.

The cool thing about the Cartagena pier is that there is a small wildlife park which you have to walk through to enter/exit the pier.

Cotton-top tamarin... we think?
Cotton-top tamarin… we think?
A prehensile-tailed porcupine!
A prehensile-tailed porcupine!
Toucan outside the bird aviary! Me...inside!
Toucan outside the bird aviary! Me…inside!

Port of Cartagena - Wildlife Park Port of Cartagena - Wildlife Park*All photos are the property of Charlotte Moore, unless stated otherwise, and may not be used without written consent

 

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