DAY 11: CARTAGENA
- This morning we’ll visit the Bazurto market, which will afford us a glimpse into the day-to-day life of real cartageneros. Anthony Bourdain brought a small corner of the market to fame in his TV show No Reservations. It’s not a trip for the fainthearted though—the smells and visual experiences are unique!
- We’ll continue on to visit the City of Women, a drive about an hour from Cartagena. More than 6 million Colombians have been displaced from their homes since 1985, with more than half of them women, many of whom were widowed by the war and faced raising children alone. Patricia Guerrero, a lawyer from Bogotá, founded an organization called the League of Displaced Women. She successfully secured international funding for the organization to build a community known as the City of Women. It aims to restore the right to housing to some of the country’s most vulnerable members and their families. This grassroots group is run by and for the women who are victims of the conflict between the government, right-wing paramilitaries, crime syndicates, and leftist armed rebel groups.
- We’ll return to Cartagena for a free afternoon, and meet later to enjoy a lovely farewell dinner.