Favorite thing: These are two fruits that are native to the area that I have never seen in the United States or Europe. The Lulo literally means small orange but has a distinctive color that makes it look more like a tomato. It has a citrus like bite to it that tastes like a combination of lime, rhubarb and orange all rolled into one. The nispero looks like a cross between a kiwi and a pear but much bigger than a kiwi. It has this amazing taste of chocolate and berries. It is almost like eating a sundae. Both of these fruits you will find women selling on street corners as well as in grocery stores in town. Do not buy fruits from street vendors. Buy them from one of the large supermarkets around town.
The currency in Columbia is the Columbian Peso and you will see it referred to as the COP. The current exchange rate as of late October 2011 is 1878 pesos to one US Dollar. I did not see any ATM's on the street in Cartagena. I learned that this is because of extreme criminal activity of folks that watch tourists taking out money and then preying on them. Most banks i learned charge an ATM fee that may not be covered by your home bank.
However at least one bank has an inside ATM machine inside of its lobby. The bank I used is called Bank of DaviVienda. It is apparently the only branch that has an inside ATM downtown. The address is at the corner of Avenida Venezuela & Carrera 9.
Everywhere in Cartagena music blasts out of houses, buses, taxis etc. In the old city people get married in the evening time and party until the early hours so if your staying in a hotel you won't get much sleep. If you don't like the music best to bring good ear plugs with you. In the morning you will hear the vendors selling water, mangos, and shouting at the top of their voices.
Fondest memory: The people are so friendly, the music is fantastic, and the food is delicious.
From the clock tower until museum of arms in the walled city, Cartagena fascinates in each one of its streets by its churches, hotels, doors and each details that make of Cartagena one unique site in the world.
Fondest memory: Walking at night by santodomingo place and to croos the city in a cart