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View Poll Results: Cartagena (Colombia) vs. Salvador (Brazil)?
Cartagena (Colombia) 14 48.28%
Salvador (Brazil) 15 51.72%
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Macao
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If you could spend a week in one, which would you choose?

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Old 06-18-2012, 02:22 PM
 
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I'd go to Brazil, hands down. Both have crime problems, so precautions are necessary. But Brazilians can be fun. Every Colombian I've met in the United States is a supreme pain-in-the-ass, so I have no desire to visit that country. Not only that, any tourist literature, including that put out by the Department of State, indicates that Colombia is more hazardous. Eff Colombia.
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Old 06-19-2012, 02:12 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Cartagena has a nicer skyline than Salvador and I think nicer beaches. It's strikingly similar to Miami. While I love Brazil, I choose Cartagena de las Indias - the city's full name.
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Old 06-19-2012, 03:43 AM
 
Location: Macao
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Cartagena has a nicer skyline than Salvador and I think nicer beaches. It's strikingly similar to Miami. While I love Brazil, I choose Cartagena de las Indias - the city's full name.
While I'm not sure about Salvador's beaches...I've often heard that Cartagena really doesn't have very good beaches. Kind of flat and dirty, and heard a ton of touts that relentlessly comb the beach for tourists to sell things to.

Granted I've never been to a beach in Cartagena, but that's what I heard about them.

I have been to Salvador though, just never that beach. Pelourinho was pretty cool, however, I've heard all of Cartagena's much larger colonial downtown, is just so much bigger.
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:53 AM
 
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Cartagena is nice, but too many tourists, a tourist trap. More tourist attractions such as the baffling fortress and colonial city.
Since I'm from a tourist town, I hate tourists and I don't want to see tourists in my holidays, that's why I'd rather go to Santa Marta, also Colombia, or San Salvador de Bahia.
San Salvador is nicer if you avoid Pelorinho (most robberies take place there) and stick to barra beyond the lighthouse and beaches and islands beyond.
No similarity whatsoever except that both have many slave descendants, but that's mostly folklore for tourists.
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Old 06-19-2012, 11:08 AM
 
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Go to Colombia where the women are beautiful and the people are friendly. Cartagena is an incredible city as well. For beaches, you need to go to the islas.
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:26 PM
 
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Cartagena is nice, but too many tourists, a tourist trap. More tourist attractions such as the baffling fortress and colonial city.
Since I'm from a tourist town, I hate tourists and I don't want to see tourists in my holidays, that's why I'd rather go to Santa Marta, also Colombia, or San Salvador de Bahia.
San Salvador is nicer if you avoid Pelorinho (most robberies take place there) and stick to barra beyond the lighthouse and beaches and islands beyond.
No similarity whatsoever except that both have many slave descendants, but that's mostly folklore for tourists.
I can't speak for Cartagena, but Salvador is DEFINITELY black/mulatto. The Afro presence is very strong and is much more than folklore. The way the people look, the music they listen to, the way they speak, even the nicknames for Salvador da Bahia ("San" is not a word in Portuguese) illustrate the presence of slave descendants/Afros.

I think you should check out Salvador da Bahia, especially during carnaval! It's not the touristy Carnaval in Rio or São Paolo, in fact that's where many Brazilians go to have "real" carnaval. Also, going to Salvador allows you to visit other parts of the NE Brasil for cheap, through a series of airlines that you can check out.
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Old 06-19-2012, 08:17 PM
 
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While I'm not sure about Salvador's beaches...I've often heard that Cartagena really doesn't have very good beaches. Kind of flat and dirty, and heard a ton of touts that relentlessly comb the beach for tourists to sell things to.

Granted I've never been to a beach in Cartagena, but that's what I heard about them.

I have been to Salvador though, just never that beach. Pelourinho was pretty cool, however, I've heard all of Cartagena's much larger colonial downtown, is just so much bigger.
In both cases the beaches in the city are littered with trash. But small trips outside the city and you get magnificent beaches with warm water.

Both cities are very similar but salvador has the best carnival in the world as far as I'm concerned so if I got a week I'm spending it in salvador during carnival
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Old 06-19-2012, 08:18 PM
 
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I'd go to Brazil, hands down. Both have crime problems, so precautions are necessary. But Brazilians can be fun. Every Colombian I've met in the United States is a supreme pain-in-the-ass, so I have no desire to visit that country. Not only that, any tourist literature, including that put out by the Department of State, indicates that Colombia is more hazardous. Eff Colombia.
Cartagena is the safest part of Colombia and I'm pretty sure the tourist advisories weren't intended for that section of Colombia when written.
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Old 06-19-2012, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Macao
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Salvador 8 votes to Cartagena 1.

I expected it to be more equal...more 50/50. Seems like Salvador is overwhelmingly getting the nod here.

On that note, I have been to Salvador, although only for a few days. I quite liked it as well. I usually think of other cities being more touristically popular, like Rio de Janeiro, etc. I'd have put Salvador down the list maybe #4, possibly #3 to visit.

Being that Cartagena would be Colombia's #1 destination, the overwhelming favor towards Salvador surprises me a bit.

That being said, I've never been to Cartagena.
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