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Cartagena, Colombia

2014, 2015, 2018

 

Cartagena is a town which would be a complete shit hole if it weren’t for the manufactured tourism of Old Town. The weather is hot and extremely humid, the town is ugly and full of trash. The locals are not friendly, instead opting to take advantage of tourists as much as possible (more than other, similar cities I've visited). There's tons of prostitution and aparently there's an underage prostituion problem as evidenced by 20 foot high posters around the city. The beaches are dirty and barely used, there are parts which are legitimately dangerous (and I don’t use that word lightly), and it’s expensive.

  • In 2015, my friend and I got stopped and searched twice by the local police on the same night

I also visited Cali, Bogota, Medellin, Guatapé, and Pereira.

 

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I choose the items below as they’re generally available everywhere. Thus, easy for comparison. The prices reflect the cheapest option given my standard. In any estination you can find slightly cheaper prices if you wanted to sacrifice convenience (ie going to local market or out-of-town grocery store).
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  • Airbnb Nightly Rate
  • Coworking Day Pass
  • 1-Hour Massage
  • 1-Month Gym
  • Beard Trim
  • 16.9oz Water
  • 2KG Wash+Fold
  • Americano (small)
  • Expresso
  • Salmon
  • Tenderloin
  • Chicken Breast
  • Almonds
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Broccoli
  • Carrot
  • Cucumber
  • Kiwi
  • Pineapple
  • Watermelon
  • Red Wine
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  • 24,093
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  • 0
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