Cartagena de Indias and the lawless Squat of “El Principe”

The old town inside the pirate defending walls of Cartagena is beautifull. Many buildings have been restored with Unesco money in the city centre. Close to the harbour lies Getsemani. A quarter which bears shabby houses to the sides of narrow cobblestone streets which add a special kind of charme. The plazas are full of young people. Travellers, Artists and full blooded Colombians gather on the Trinidad Square at nights of the weekends to hang out.

Having left the anchored boat the inexspensive Jamrock Hostel close to Club Nautico is my first choice of accomodation. It is fun to meet other travellers and hang out with people of same age and interest now.

Having heard many stories about this secret place I just have to spend a night in the “cheapest accommodation in Cartagena”. The self-constituted “El Principe” is the head of this more or less anarchic place. If you remember the right knocking signal or call his name accross he unlocks the heavy wooden door. He is a friendly welcoming guy who shares his only beer with his guests. 2$ is the contribution for staying the night.

“Not too bad for a protected area with bathrooms and huge raincover tarps”, are my thoughts, “Unfortunately the single hammock spot is permanently occupied. But hey – there is plenty of space to lie on the dry concrete floor 😉 ”


Many travellers visit this squat, some people set up their residential tents for longer and others just stop by to get lost in excessive powder partys enduring all night. Anyway, in this little crazy oasis everyone gets along doing their thing without being judged or criticized.

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