A Girls Trip to Cartagena, Colombia
Y’all know how bad I wanted to name this blog Gyals Dem Suga in Colombia?! But then I had to think about SEO for this to come up on google and had to relax myself. Nonetheless, Cartagena, Colombia was truly magical. This was my first time ever traveling with a group of friends (I’m always traveling solo) and I couldn’t have asked for better company. It was 5 of us: Mell, Kim, Manda, Cymone and myself. We stayed at Oasis Collections and everything about our stay was stunninggggg. The infinity pool alone was breathtaking in itself.
And there was also a warm light up jacuzzi that we had the opportunity to relax in. We turned on some music and got realll comfortable in that jacuzzi.
And I cannot forget the sunsets by the pool. This view was undefeated, such a wonderful feeling.
We only had WiFi inside the room which had its pros and cons. We were completely disconnected outside and had no other option but to experience Colombia so that part was amazing. But as far as directions, or google translate we had to figure it all out on our own. Which in a way, is a lowkey pro too.
Old Town in Cartagena reminded me so much of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. The art, the building, the shops were bright and colorful. They had outdoor restaurants, an open plaza where local artists would perform. It kind of gave me international Union Square vibes. There were a lot of bike rentals shops for you to tour the city, tourism offices, ice cream shops, and restaurants in Old Town as well.
I really liked how hugeee the doors were. They were massive! Very long and wide with a solid wooden texture. I had to take some photos. The door felt like the exterior of a castle or something.
These two random Colombians came up to us rapping and it was hilarious. Afterwards they definitely asked us for some money so we tipped them a lil sumthin sumthin.
Sidebar: please be weary of people constantly asking you for money or having their hand out in Colombia. Everywhere we went from the private islands, to the restaurants, to the main square people were just walking up to us asking us for money. Clearly we looked like tourists and attracted that type of attention. There’s this unspoken assumption that Americans are rich. Don’t prove them right and be too flashy.
We went to a hostel rooftop party on a Wednesday and it was litttt. We got to meet foreigners from all around the world. The music was very modern too. We danced and talked for the majority of the night. Hostel communities are really cool. You get to meet people from all different walks of life who are traveling either long-term or travel a lot so they were able to teach us some really cool things about Colombia and other parts of the world that I soon want to visit.
Next, we took a bus about 4-5 hours out to Tayrona and went camping in Tayrona Park. Yes, camping! Three black girls in tents surrounded by spiders, bugs, and weird animals. It rained so we had a little bitter of water in our tent, it felt kind of nasty but I tried my best not to think about it and just go to sleep. Besides that it was mad cool though! Definitely an experience.
We ate good, relaxed at the beach, and went horseback riding. After we rode horses, the plan was to go hiking to the nude beach, and then back it back in time to ride the horses back. While hiking we randomly bumped into my homegirl Amanda who was supposed to meet us in Cartagena the following day! It was such a funny surprise.
We all ended up going to a nude beach together. YESSSS. A nude fuckin beach. And ofcourse, we had a photoshoot.
Fast forward to my birthday we rented a private boat. Shoutout to my friends though for truly organizing this day for me. The day before I had no idea exactly what it is that I wanted to do or if a private boat tour was even possible so last minute. But they pulled through with the ultimate birthday gift. The private boat was soooo lit! We got to play our music as loud as we want and everything.
Then we went to a private island and did snorkeling in the middle of the ocean. The water was blue/teal all-in-one magical feel to it. I’ve never been snorkeling in my life. While I was in the water all of my friends on the boat started singing happy birthday and it was literally top 5 best feelings I’ve ever had in my life. At that very moment and even to this day I am just so grateful to have been surrounded by beautiful water, beautiful friends, having a beautiful experience in a beautiful country. I literally could not ask for more. I was completely overwhelmed with gratitude and joy.
Afterwards we came home, relaxed for a bit, got dressed and went to the infamous La Cevicheria for dinner. I love me some seafood so this was the perfect spot to end a perfect day.
The next day we went to Getsemani to see the art walls and they were full of interesting! It was astonishing to see how vibrant and rich the colors were. What stood out the most to me was how Black-inspired the art was. There were a lot of gorgeous Black women on paintings and drawings with big bodacious exquisite black features (big noses, full lips). Truly a beauty to look at.
Check out my first travel vlog ever! Just me and my girls turning up for my birthday.
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For more pictures and content check out my Colombia gallery! It includes Old Town, Getsemani, La Cevicheria, Tayrona, and more.
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