This race for the colonial Cartagena de Indias will enchant you. It begins at the foot of the sculpture of India Catalina, located in the Linear Park of Chambacú, passes to the Baluarte de San Pedro Mártir and appreciates from the top of the walls the Laguna de Chambacú, with its diversity of mangroves on the right and the ruins de la Serrezuela, on the left, which today give way to a commercial center under construction.
The route of the wall takes you to the Baluarte de Santa Catalina, on going down you will notice the 23 vaults that shelter craft shops, while you investigate the history of Las Bóvedas, construction that in times of the colony served as a dungeon. 30 minutes are enough to know them and perceive how conserved their structure is. At the end of Las Bóvedas, on the left, there is the street that bears the same name and that leads you to a small, but beautiful and cozy space, Plaza San Diego. Visited by students and tourists, where you will have the pleasure of tasting the best fried in Cartagena. Its bohemian atmosphere will immerse you in the world of crafts made with Colombian raw materials. Then, turn to the right.
On the left, you will come across a wide and cozy street surrounded by nature and restored balconies, Calle Cochera del Hobo and its remodeled Parque Fernández de Madrid that force you to make the great stop in any of its restaurants or pubs. In the background, on the corner you will find the Santo Toribio Church, one of the favorite places to marry. Follow Calle Sargento Mayor and two blocks you will find Calle de La Merced. It's time to receive the welcome that Teatro Adolfo Mejía gives you, which with its striking architecture, will motivate you to take out the camera and freeze the moment.Continuing the tour along Don Sancho Street is the best option. You will love the variety of colonial doors in its beautiful mansions and in the background, the dome of the cathedral of Santa Catalina de Alejandría, but do not reach it yet, turn onto Calle de La Mantilla and in seconds you will appreciate a square with magical realism, the Santo Domingo, which has a surprising history with its church and Gertrudis, the Botero sculpture that harmonizes the sector.
Then, go to Santos de Piedra Street and there you will find Bolívar Park with its striking nature, and around it, the Gold Museum and the majestic Cathedral. You will not resist to delight the best salad and discover the delicious taste of tropical fruits. Taking Calle del Ladrinal you will arrive at Plaza San Pedro Claver. You will observe striking steel sculptures of street characters such as palenqueras, 'raspao vendor', shining boots, among others.
To end the tour, cross the Plaza de la Aduana until you reach the Torre del Reloj, one of the most beautiful in the world and where these 5k culminate in the unforgettable Cartagena de Indias.