Caribe Jewelry and Emerald Museum#8 in Best Things To Do in Cartagena
Located in Bocagrande, a neighborhood on the eastern edge of the city, Caribe Jewelry was founded by three brothers in 1983. The facility is far more than just another jewelry store: it doubles as a museum. Visitors to the museum learn about the history, techniques and heritage around emeralds and gold. Then, they are given the option to buy emerald and gold jewelry of their own.
Past visitors were impressed with the museum aspect of the attraction, saying that the tour is very informative and showcases many beautiful pieces. They also mention that an indoor, air-conditioned activity is always a plus. Visitors can expect a sales pitch at the end of the museum, but there is little pressure to make a purchase.
Entrance to the museum costs $10 per person; admission is free for anyone who buys jewelry at the store. The museum and store are open 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. To reserve a time at the museum and learn more about the Caribe Jewelry and Emerald museum, check out its website.
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#1 Old City Walls
Cartagena's most famous attraction, the city's historic walls, began construction on the eastern edge of the city in 1586 and finished in 1796. Fast forward to 1984 and the iconic walls were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Now, the Walled City of Cartagena draws travelers hoping to explore its colonial architecture and peruse the wares of its numerous street vendors.
Recent travelers appreciated the area's historic charm, complete with horse-drawn carriages. They recommend taking your time in the walled city, as you can easily spend a full day wandering its narrow streets. To make sure you don't miss any of the top sites, sign up for one of the area's many walking tours. The only downside? Recent visitors warn about the street vendors who persistently hawk their wares.
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