Founding the "Heroic" City
The Dual History of Cartagena's Old City
From Inquisition to Independence
Claudia was born and raised in Cartagena and, with the exception of a few years spent in Spain and Bogotá, has lived most of her life in her native city. She has an intense love for history and culture, both of which helped shape an MA in history from the University of Cartagena. Claudia taught Columbian and world history at the University Jorde Tadeo Lozano for 7 years. She is passionate about her hometown and loves sharing her in-depth knowledge of the area with travelers as she welcomes them to Cartagena.
A Native of Cartagena, Alexander is a passionate community leader. Having grown up in the low-income San Francisco district, and seeing how education and learning English can improve a child's future, he founded the <a href="http://thealexrochayouthcenter.tumblr.com/">Alexander Rocha Youth Center</a> in 2012. Although a project very much in progress, the center is already making a difference in the community and is the focal point of our <a href="https://www.contexttravel.com/city/cartagena/walking-tour-details/the-barrio-visiting-and-volunteering-in-san-francisco">The Barrio visit.</a>
Andres enjoyed his studies in history and sharing that knowledge with others to a point that he decided to make a career of it. While doubling as a marketing manager for Cartagena tourism, he has gained a multi-dimensional view of his native culture. His unending curiosity converts to passion as he learns and teaches about different cultures, food, and music -- or as he calls it, life.
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