What $100 Buys in... Cartagena


In the 16th century, pirates plundered Colombia's colonial port city in search of gold. These days it's a wonderful place to wander the cobblestoned streets.

$8 Hot Chocolate Set A staple in every Colombian kitchen, the chocolatera (this one's aluminum) is placed on the stove, and the cocoa is frothed with the molinillo. Vivero, Av. Venezuela 9-41, 011-57/5660-0060.

$26 Hammock Cartagenians hang them on their terraces--or between palm trees, when camping--to catch the Caribbean breezes. Artesanías Obed Diaz, Calle Santos de Piedra 34-43, 011-57/5664-8305.

$12 Paperweight Colombian artist Fernando Botero created the eight-foot bronze Bird for the cities of Florence, Singapore, and Medellín (his hometown). A miniature resin replica cheers up any room. San Jacinto, Calle Santo Domingo, 3-47, 011-57/5664-1815.

$9 Swizzle Sticks Seeds have long been gathered for medicinal purposes, but as decorations on cocktail stirrers, there's no guarantee they'll ward off hangovers. La Tienda del Museo, Plaza San Pedro Claver, 011-57/5664-9113.

$19 Earrings These gold-plated earrings were inspired by the coffee bean, the country's third largest export after oil and coal. Galería del Artesano, Calle Santo Domingo 3-41, 011-57/5660-1392.

$12 Vase Weavers from the Valle del Cauca province in southern Colombia interlace pieces of naturally dyed palm fronds to create decorative household objects. Zarthas, Calle San Juan de Dios 3-69, 011-57/300-223-2585.

$9 Oven Mitt Mola is a reverse appliqué technique developed by the Kuna, the indigenous people of Colombia and Panama. It originally decorated blouses, but now it also shows up on handbags, pillows, and more. Galería San Pedro, Calle del Landrinal 32-20, 011-57/5664-9885.

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