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- Plaza De Mercardo BazurtoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Aug 28, 2013
After staying in the touristy section of the old section of Cartagena, I remember asking the taxi driver to take me to the Mercardo Bazurto. He was insistent that I not go there and dropped me off at a shopping mall instead. Fortunately, the mall was within a short distance of the market. The market is a chaotic mix of locals, food, and seafood. It's not for the faint of heart for the sheltered tourist, but I enjoyed going here and seeing how locals roll outside the gated walls.Recommended for
- Plaza De Mercardo BazurtoMay 16, 2013
Mencionan en otras opiniones que acá se puede observar al común y real Cartagenero. Bueno hay que precisar. Esto es una galería para los bajos estratos. Es muy insegura. Operan bandas de ladrones y extorsionistas como "Los Rastrojos". La bioseguridad del lugar es inexistente. Huele a infierno. La comida es horrible. preparada con mantecas de baja calidad. Podra parecer muy exotico para el turista etnografico pero no es recomendable.
Cartagenero tambien es el que no merca en Bazurto y busca no exponerse al crimen ni a las enfermedades.
¿Porque los señores Bourdain y Escandon decidieron darse una pasada por alla? Pues porque el programa pretende revisar la gastronomía de una región y ese es un lugar extremo y llamativo para la audiencia. Eso no quiere decir que sea seguro y sano.
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- Plaza De Mercardo BazurtoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4Jul 04, 2012
This is a GIANT market that was recommend by LonelyPlanet, Anthony Bourdain... and now me. It is what the rest of Cartagena ISNT. If you want to see the real people of Cartagena, this is the place to go.
I was warned about this place by my hotel host, but to tell you the truth, I have been in way worse situations.
My travel mate and I took a Bus from Bocagrande on carrera 3 that was marked Mercado. The price was 1200 Pesos (about 60 cents).
When arriving to the market, it stank. That is the one thing I did not like. It was near the pier where a lot of fisherman are loading and unloading seafood, which is why the smell. Around are a lot of fruits and vegetables to buy as well as fresh seafood.
The market also offers a lot of street food style stalls where my travel mate and I sat and made some new friends.
Walking around some more, we discovered that the market offered more than just food. It also offers wares, clothing, and trinkets all for real good prices.
This area was the only place where I DID NOT see tourists in Cartagena. I also could not see the typical tourist visiting this place as well.
If you really want to experience Cartagena and how the people there live, then check out this market. You may also get a good deal on a meal or a something you didn't know you needed.