Cartagena: At the Harbor
06 June 2008 | Bahia de Cartagena: View from our Anchorage
After anchoring we watched the city slowly wake up under a hazy sky. It was very hot and humid. Fortunately, in the evening the temperature came down enough to make our sleeping comfortable. We secured a spot in the Club Nautico (Cartagena's sailing club) for the next day and after shopping around to get 2-100 feet lines to attach our bow to underwater moorings, we settled for using our spare anchor line. We came into the doc the next day and secured a spot facing Bocagrande's expanse and tall buildings that from a distance resembled a bit of New Your City's Manhattan Island.
Cartagena is a very vibrant city. A city where many sailors have sort of stumbled into on route to/from Panama and that they like so much that they end up staying for a year or more. We started meeting these types of sailors right before we left the Aruba Yacht Club when we met Nancy and Roddy (s/v Delusions) who very kindly gave us information about Colombia and the trips they had taken to the see ancient Tyrona Indians' Lost City (Ciudad Perdida) near Santa Marta (located about 200 miles north of Cartagena). While here we have now met several such sailors, some who are alone but most who are with their spouses and are retired. A popular thing for these sailors is to sail back and forth between Cartagena and the San Blas islands where the protected and famous Cuna Indians live. This way they keep their stay in Colombia/Panama waters within the allowed time period.