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By Joshua Rapp Learn, Contributing Reporter

CARTAGENA, COLUMBIA - From the lapping turquoise waves of the Caribbean rise centuries old ramparts erected to rebuke the onslaught of pirates from a bygone time. Sailboats and yachts ply the waters of the port while the walls protect the gem-colored colonial buildings of Getsemaní, the 500 year old waterside region of Colombia’s famed city Cartagena.

Walking under the gates of one of South America’s oldest cities, it’s easy to be taken back in history. Cartagena de Indias is heavily fortified and for good reason – the city was raided by everyone . . .

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