It was the colors that drew Jin Chu-Ferrer to Cartagena, Colombia.

Yellows and oranges and reds and blues and pinks and greens. Jin had been to some colorful places in the past — Hoi An, Cinque Terre, Tubingen — but Cartagena was up there with the most vibrant of cities.

She could immediately see why the entire Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the city itself is known as the “Jewel of the Caribbean Coast” — it was beautiful.

As she wandered through Cartagena, camera in hand, she was awed by the Spanish colonial-style buildings, the rustic touches, and the weathered facades. The streets were narrow, buildings flanking each side — leading to an intimate, almost romantic experience.

“There’s something utterly magical and genuine about rustic Old World architecture and happy, mismatched colors,” Jin says.

See more of Jin’s photography on Instagram or her website.

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