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The night in Cartagena de Indias

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Cartagena de Indias It is famous for its many, beautiful and well preserved vestiges of the colonial era, its romantic climate and its location on the shores of the Caribbean, but, like almost every Colombian city that boasts, there is also a great nightlife where you can get carried away of sauce until your feet leave you.


Well, there are also a good couple of sites on the old zone and many lively terraces for those who want to bet on a night of quieter talk and good beer or cocktails.

But whoever wants to give it all has to die in the Pink Zone. The jewel in the crown is a bar-restaurant that becomes the busiest pub every night. The already famous internationally: Mr Babilla. The crocodile that looks like a symbol of the pub is more famous in Colombia than its posh and French brother of Lacoste. Already in Medellin one of the taxi drivers who took us to the hostel at night told us that we could not miss the great Babilla of Cartagena.

Well there we end every night. The truth is that I was a little disappointed. On the positive side: good music, beautiful people everywhere - the waitresses dancing at the bar type Ugly Coyote they are from another galaxy not very far away - and an environment that does not decay until closing. In the negative: too many Anglo-Saxon guiris for my liking - they are mashed until they lose control, they move like Pinocchio "The wooden boy" and drool behind every Latin woman who sells quite expensive drinks and many nighttime bumpers. Notice to navigators: watch out for “How do you link in Cartagena!”, because the same thing you are handsome but if the girl is a pibón and gave you game from minute one, think that the safest thing is to ask you something in return. I saw things that didn't add up to me - awesome girls with fat uncles and scary sweaty guys - and I thought either the Cartagena Dome had eyes like Dioni or there was a cat locked up. Local people confirmed my suspicions. The prostitution Quasi-luxury is the order of the day in a city that attracts so many Western tourists.

But that, most people are looking for just a good night of dancing, fun and whatever comes up and you can spend some great nights in the Babilla.

Apart from the Babilla we found a good German pub almost at the end of the street where we found a good atmosphere, something more rocker, and we had good beers there while on the giant screen of the pub we were delighted with yesterday's Spanish videos like: My yellow agüita of the Dead Bullfighters, Venice of Men G and In some place from Duncan Dhu. Spectacular laughs that we stick watching as the Colombian parish knew them all.

Theirs is to walk and enter the one that seems most lively. Some -the Babilla among them- charge an entry of about 15,000 pesos (about 5 Euros) to enter.

Remember that all these bars close at 3 in the morning by the law that the Colombian government approved in 2009. For those who want to deal a little more, there are places that the locals know and begin to fill up when they close the conventional booths. Come on, what we call Afters. Go asking waiters and others and you will find a safe one.

The Colombian night is simply the best, although all of South America is spectacular in this area. What Latinos will have in the genes so we like the topic so much!

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