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Rainbow Nelson

Author, writer, journalist, producer and Getsemanense. Co-founder and editorial director of This IS Cartagena, the only real-time guide to Cartagena, the hottest destination on the planet, Nelson roams Colombia and Latin America from his base in Cartagena de Indias looking for stories and places to fall in love with.

As a freelance journalist and writer, Nelson has travelled extensively throughout South America writing about presidents and their palaces, its addiction to football, the hottest places to eat, drink and be merry and some of the best design and architecture going. His work has been published in Wallpaper*, Wallpaper City Guides (Brasilia, Bogota and Santiago), The Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Times, Vice Magazine, Ojo de Pez, Don Juan, FourFourTwo and The Green Soccer Journal amongst others.
He moved to Cartagena, Colombia in 2002 with his Colombian muse, now wife, Liliana. In 2007, he started the restoration of a house in Getsemani. He hopes to finish it by 2020.

As well as work as a travel writer he is also the author of the history of the world's most famous drug smuggler/gangster: The Memory of Pablo Escobar and has worked as creative consultant for the BBC documentary: Pablo's Hippos. Nelson moonlights producing documentaries for VBS.TV.

You can eat very well in Cartagena. It isn't cheap but there are some excellent restaurants to take your pick from.


Top 10 Reasons to Visit Cartagena in 2013

Everybody, without exception, should make it their New Year Resolution to visit Cartagena, Colombia in 2013. If it’s not already on your list of things to do before you die it should be.

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    Definitely these are really good 10 reasons to visit Cartagena.
  • Matt Dickhaus
    Matt Dickhaus says #
    Great article Rainbow! Cartagena is one of my favorite cities in Colombia and a must visit! I will be taking my family there in Ju...

Travelling in Style from Cartagena to Ushuaia

I’ve been fortunate enough to do my fair share of travelling in style on luxurious commissions for This Is Cartagena, Wallpaper* magazine and Jetsetter but the Global Rally guys starting out on a truly remarkable 7,000 mile voyage from Cartagena de Indias to Ushuaia, Argentina take it to another level completely.

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    Hi Rainbow I am in Italy at the moment and wanted to contact you but do not seem to have your personal email address-would be grat...

Smart Colombian Architecture

As the capital C in CIVETS, the group of emerging economies singled out for stellar growth in the coming decade, Colombia has put much of its violent and painful past behind it.

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    i love colombia!!!...


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