COLOMBIA

Follow Gabriel Garcia Márquez’s footsteps through pastel-painted Cartagena de Indias, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Colombia. The Nobel-winning novelist is indelibly linked to Cartagena’s walled Old Town, which you can experience on a Caribbean cruise with Holland America Line. Explore its cobbled streets by horse and carriage, or while sampling arepa and corozo juice on a Food & Wine tasting tour. Visit the Gold Museum, cruise Cartagena Bay, and make your own jewelry from Colombian emeralds.

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Cartagena, Colombia

Its official name is Cartagena de Indias—or "Cartagena of the Indies"—but call it Cartagena for short. The formal name hints at this Colombian city's colonial relationship with Spain; it was founded in 1533 and named after the mother country's Cartagena. Colombia declared independence in 1810, but there's plenty about its fifth-largest city that evokes old Spain, including the impressive fort of Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, and the wall that encloses the old town, one of the few intact structures of its kind in the Americas. Both were considered important enough to inscribe on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 1984.