Cartagena de Índias

Cartagena de Índias
2016. Cartagena de Índias (Colombia) © Bernardo Salce

Cartagena de Índias

Selling coffee on his bike cart, a street vendor cycles through the streets of historic old town Cartagena. The informal sector thrives in this very touristic city that receives an increasing number of travelers each year, as part of a Colombian reawakening thanks to increased safety and political stability after years of civil war. Founded in 1533 by Spanish conquistador Pedro de Heredia, the city was one of the main trading ports during colonial times. Gabriel García Márquez used to wander around Cartagena, finding inspiration for his novels on every corner of the city.