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Colombia Uncut

As Colombia emerges from a violent past, it's become a buzzed-about travel destination. Curious? Our videos offer a peek at the pulsing seaside city of Cartagena, with its pastel-colored colonial buildings, and the laid-back fishing village of Taganga.

Cartagena: Journalist Craig Duff made a point of strolling at dusk through the city's walled historic center. He passed a 16th-century cathedral—where a student orchestra could be heard practicing Handel—and a street vendor selling Fernando Botero knockoffs on his way to lush Plaza Bolívar. As the streetlights began coming on, families milled about and carriage drivers eyed potential customers. "We go to that public square for a reason as tourists because there's so much history, but it's still a center of the community," says Duff. He spent a few nights at Casa La Fe, overlooking Parque Fernández de Madrid, before catching a bus to Taganga.

Taganga: About three hours northeast of Cartagena, this modest village of single-block tin-roofed homes relies on tourism at least as much as it does on its traditional industry, fishing. Duff visited in March during Holy Week, when Colombians flock to the beach, and felt lucky to find an available, cheap room at Hotel Tsunami Taganga—so new that the staff were still finishing the paint job. He set out early one morning in hope of finding locals at work. "I walked the whole length of the beach and saw fisherman bringing a boat in and tossing fish up and a girl stacking beer for restaurants by the water," he recalls.

About the Contributor
Multitalented Duff works as a writer, documentary filmmaker, and producer. You can keep up with his projects and frequent travels by checking his blog, craigduff.wordpress.com, and website, craigduff.com.

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