Welcome to Getsemaní, Cartagena's cultural quarter and the coolest 'hood in Colombia. Meet raucous, proud locals, enigmatic street vendors, bohemian artists and feel the warmth of the smiles that greet you on every street corner.
* Insight into the remarkable history of Getsemaní with a fully qualified, bilingual guide
* Salsa and Baseball in Cartagena's 17th century version of Shea Stadium
* Meet the carpenters, designers, artists and dancers that keep the barrio's creative juices flowing
* Explore Cartagena's vibrant street art scene
* Play domino or ludo with the Legends of Calle del Pozo
* A round of drinks and meet the locals in La Plaza de la Trinidad
WHO WILL ENJOY IT?
Anyone who wants to see and learn about the boho cultural quarter and coolest barrio in Colombia
WHAT TO BRING?
A camera, comfortable clothes, an open mind
Getsemaní has traditionally been populated by a boisterous bunch of artisans, freed slaves and merchants selling their crafts and wares to their richer neighbours in the historic centre of Cartagena.
An intoxicating mix of locals and international visitors has since attracted a modern breed of talented types from all walks of life, from graffiti artists, sculptors, musicians and dancers to architects and backpackers alike. Together they've taken the barrio on a journey from no-go to boho in less than five years.
Gentrification is already afoot in Jet-Set-Mani, bankrolled by tourism. Experience Getsemaní before the cruise ship masses wade in and change the face of thebarrio forever.
This 'tour' does not attempt to hide the changes taking place in this fiercely traditional barrio, far from it, the experience is designed to help visitors connect with the local population, understand what makes the barrio so special and engage with the people doing their bit to ensure that it preserves its particular charm.
Filled with vivacious and idiosyncratic characters like El Zanahoriazo, the charismatic vendor selling carrot juice, the street legends that play ludo like their lives depend on it and Gonzalo, the over-zealous 'owner' of Getsemaní's best street art.
To help you get the full experience of the barrio, Explore Getsemaní is also an opportunity to get involved in a creative art project designed to create employment and fashion a multi-purpose public space that will allow the locals to showcase their talents and sell their wares in a modern version of the public market that used to keep everyone in Getsemaní busy.