Afro-Colombian girls, dressed in the traditional ‘palenquera’ costume, pose for a picture in front of a colonial house in walled city of Cartagena, Colombia. Afro-Colombian girls, dressed in the traditional ‘palenquera’ costume, pose for a picture in front of a colonial house in walled city of Cartagena, Colombia.
Afro-Colombian women, dressed in the traditional ‘palenquera’ costume, sell fruits on the street of Cartagena, Colombia. Afro-Colombian women, dressed in the traditional ‘palenquera’ costume, sell fruits on the street of Cartagena, Colombia.
An Afro-Colombian girl, dressed in the traditional ‘palenquera’ costume, poses for a picture in walled city of Cartagena, Colombia. An Afro-Colombian girl, dressed in the traditional ‘palenquera’ costume, poses for a picture in walled city of Cartagena, Colombia.
Afro-Colombian girls, dressed in the traditional ‘palenquera’ costume, create a braided hairstyle for a female tourist on the stone walls in Cartagena, Colombia. Afro-Colombian girls, dressed in the traditional ‘palenquera’ costume, create a braided hairstyle for a female tourist on the stone walls in Cartagena, Colombia.
An Afro-Colombian girl, working as ‘palenquera’, carries a bowl full of fruits on her head during the sunset in Cartagena, Colombia. An Afro-Colombian girl, working as ‘palenquera’, carries a bowl full of fruits on her head during the sunset in Cartagena, Colombia.

Cartagena women

Cartagena, Colombia – December 2017

With the peace agreement, ending a 52-year civil conflict and promising political stability, together with rapid economic growth and unexploited tourism potential, Colombia has truly become a holiday destination. Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage site on the tropical Caribbean coast, plays the primary role in Colombia’s tourism renaissance. The historic sites from the Spanish colonial times are being restored, private investments are visible throughout the city and an increased number of local people benefit from the boom of the travel related services.

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