Reporter Pedro Mardones and cameraman Raúl Pérez set course, today , to the cradle of Colombian magical realism that Gabriel García Márquez himself fell in love with: the Colombian Caribbean. Bathed by the Caribbean Sea and the Magdalena River, Cartagena de Indias and Barranquilla conserve their colonial architecture intact, as well as the color and seasoning of the descendants of colonists and African slaves. Hand in hand with the Basques Asier Tapia, Juan Mari Isunza, Sister Alicia Ibáñez and Oier Urteaga will tour this region of northern Colombia in ” Basques around the World “
Between fruits and songs, the joy of the palenqueras will welcome us to Cartagena de Indias . Surrounded by its 11-kilometer-long wall, Cartagena was one of the main ports in Spanish America. For its hegemony empires and pirates fought, being the Basque admiral Blas de Lezo the architect of the victory in the most legendary battle against the English Crown.
The counterpoint of modernity is provided by Barranquilla, Curramba la Bella, la Arenosa. Homeland of Shakira and Sofía Vergara, Barranquilla looks to the future through the rehabilitation of its boardwalk in front of the Magdalena River, the main river port in Colombia. The city lives by and for its Carnival, the most important in the country, which perfectly reflects the character of Barranquilla.
The journey will end at the spectacular white sand beaches and turquoise blue waters of this Caribbean region. Playa Blanca, on Isla Barú, offers visitors the Caribbean flavor of local bathers and the warmth of its people. Those who prefer a more exclusive getaway will find their paradise in the Rosario Islands, ideal for snorkeling due to its ancient coral reefs.