Arty vibes in Getsemani, Cartagena

Getsemani is such a cool part of Cartagena and only a 10 minute walk away from the old town. It is so colourful and full of creativity, mainly displayed through the numerous street murals everywhere you look. Getsemani is vibrant though a little run run down in places but I think this just adds to the authenticity of the area. You could easily spend a few hours strolling through the streets, snapping photos of the colourful houses, the art and the locals sitting on the streets and relaxing. img_7948img_7928img_7949img_7941img_7796img_7663 Getsemani is also backpacker central and filled with lots of hostels and cheaper accommodation. If you’re on a budget, check out Casa Venita which had excellent reviews (though note that I didn’t stay here so can’t say for certain!). There are also however a few boutique and more luxury hotels. Check out Hotel Casa Lola and Hotel Capellan where I stayed (though with a caveat for the latter, long story!).

You will find a younger crowd of travellers in Getsemani which adds to the atmosphere. Plaza de Trinidad is the epicentre of the area and where everyone hangs out in the evenings. img_8913img_8284img_8242img_8287img_8518img_7947Calle de la sierpe is one of the main streets with some pretty  interesting street art. The different murals represent issues such as racial segregation and gentrification. In December 2013, 25 local and international artists completed a total of 30 murals throughout the city, as part of the First International Festival of Urban Art in Colombia.img_7990img_8236img_8238img_8634img_8931 Nightlife in Cartagena is all about live music and salsa dancing (for me at least) and Getsemani has a few hotspots including Cafe Havana and Bazurto Social Club.img_7904-1Although we didn’t get a chance to eat in the area, we heard a lot about a few restaurants, namely La Cocina de PepinaDemente and Oh la la. Would love to hear if you’ve been to any of these places!

All in all, Getsemani is a photographer’s paradise so bring your camera and get snapping!


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