01.08.2011 - 01.08.2011
Day breaks over Cartagena's Bocagrande as we slowly enter the harbor. The historic Old City was not visible from the ship's pier. Passengers who toured the fort and city had a hot, humid visit.
Our welcome committee
A small group of us took this speedboat on a one hour ride across Cartagena Bay to the beautiful clear waters of the Rosario Islands - a much more comfortable way to spend the day.
Our destination was the San Pedro de Majagua Hotel, a resort on one of the islands.
Some folks decided to stay at the resort to relax and snorkel at a nearby reef. We later joined them for a tasty Red Snapper lunch under the Mangrove trees.
The rest of us took the speedboat to another island to visit the Rosario Islands natural aquarium - where we had a different welcoming committee.
Our "Oceanario" visit included shark and dolphin shows - yes, those sharks are boosting themselves onto the trainer's float and going into a frenzy as he reaches into his bucket of fish! I hope he doesn't have slippery shoes!
The graceful, friendly dolphins drew lots of applause! We visited on a Saturday and we shared the Oceanario with boatloads of families from Bogota.
Another kind of horse, called a "fish horse" by our guide.