Cartagena, Colombia: Destination of the week
Cartagena, Colombia's Caribbean port city, might not enjoy the name recognition of Bogota or even Medellin, but it has many of the features of a bona fide mainstream tourist destination. Cartagena's historic center is a major tourist draw, as are the city's beaches. A handful of noteworthy eco-tourism attractions on the coast near the city, on offshore islands, and amid the coral beneath the Caribbean waves make this an ideal destination for travelers who want to introduce themselves to Colombia while also keeping their eco-tourism options open. Easy access to local food and small-scale accommodation (mostly housed in converted historic villas) make it convenient to go green while visiting Colombia's city by the sea.