Medellin's shift from a violent war-zone into one of the world's most forward-thinking cities is nothing short of remarkable.
Cartagena and its magical stories remain relatively undiscovered by international tourists.
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This restored colonial mansion, in historic Cartagena, has a chic industrial interior.
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