Santa Cruz downtown “El...
Santa Cruz downtown “El Centro” has preserved its colonial taste. The Plaza in the middle of El Centro is surrounded by well preserved building of colonial stile.
In the Centro you should visit the Cathedral and the museum inside of it (Museo Catedralicio), “Casa de la Cultura”, “Museo de Cera”, “Iglesia de San Francisco” one of Santa Cruz oldest and best preserved churches. Right in the Centro there is also plenty of shopping centers and stores to visit. If you want to buy craft you can get some right on the main square, but if you want the best and most authentic go to a store call “Arte Campo” in the corner of Calle Vallegrande & Calle Manuel Ignacio Salvatierra about 6 block from the main square.
(1993 pop. 616,231), capital of Bolívar dept., NW Colombia, a port on the Bay of Cartagena in the Caribbean Sea. It exports oil, coffee, and platinum. Manufactures include leather and tobacco products, cosmetics, and textiles. Tourism is a growing industry. Cartagena was founded in 1533 and became the treasure city of the Spanish Main, where precious stones and minerals from the New World awaited transshipment to Spain.
Although the harbor was guarded by 29 stone forts and the city was encircled by a high wall of coral, Cartagena suffered sackings and invasions—in 1544, 1560, and in 1586 (by Sir Francis Drake). In 1741 it withstood a three-month British siege. The city was the first of those in Colombia and Venezuela to declare (1811) absolute independence from Spain. Known as the Republic of Cartagena, it was one of the bases used by Simón Bolívar to launch his campaign to liberate Venezuela. In 1815 the city was besieged and captured by the Spanish general Pablo Morillo, who inflicted savage reprisals on the population. Captured by rebel forces in 1821, Cartagena was incorporated into Colombia.
After the revolution the city lost its importance and did not regain it until the 20th cent., with the improvement of communications and the laying of a pipeline to the oil fields of the Magdalena basin. Shady plazas and narrow cobblestone streets make Cartagena one of the most picturesque cities in Latin America.
Points of interest include walls and fortifications from colonial times, a 16th-century cathedral, and the Univ. of Cartagena.
Expresso del Oriente, el tren de la muerte
"This train trip is awesome"
The line connects Puerto Quijaro (Puerto Suarez), in the bolivian-brazilian border (the brazilian city is Corumbá), to Santa Cruz de la Sierra, in Bolivia.
Cheap, smooth and exciting. Wild views.
"Good way to spread your legs man"
You sleep as you adjust your body to the space.
"Try their food"
Trying the excelent and pratical Chicharron, rice with chiken, in a little plastic bag!
"Is this pic right?"
Sissy, get your head back in the train, now!
She was, still is, crazy, this girl.
"La Roca del Diablo (Devil's Rock)"
The locals call this rock the Devil's Rock. Maybe because it looks like a tombstone. Maybe Satan is buried there, victim of God's wrath...
In this sunset, i got in love with the girl in the picture. Wow, emotional stuff!
Our friend Sissy slept with her purse over her lap. And someone stole it. In the purse: passport, 600 USD... The policeman came just to show off. No real attitude.
She had to get another passport and more money in La Paz.