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Travel Guide of Cartagena in Colombia by Influencers

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Travel Tips for visiting Cartagena

The historic center of Cartagena de Indias is a city of paintings, a Caribbean romance with tropical heat.

With its multicolored walls, its wooden balconies, its exuberant bougainvillea, its splendid varnished wooden doors, its beautiful locks, its fine details, its town squares, its horse-drawn carriages, and its palenqueras,
From the morning light to the afternoon heat, from the golden glow of sunset to the midnight lights, the heart of Cartagena offers multiple faces.

First of all, the one of a very very touristy city where the feeling can quickly be negative, compared to other much quieter places in Colombia. The other face of Cartagena reveals itself to those who will make the effort to discover it, by going out of the most touristic itineraries and by talking with the inhabitants, the sellers, the cabs.

The essential on the city of Cartagena de Indias

Located in the department of Bolivar of which it is the capital, Cartagena de Indias or Cartagena, in its more familiar sense, is the most visited city in Colombia!

And for good reason, the fabulous architecture of the colonial historical center earns it a privileged place in the world heritage of humanity UNESCO.

Founded in 1533 by Pedro de Heredia, the city has known hours of glory and tumult that have marked its history and its present. Its labyrinth of cobbled streets, balconies wrapped in bougainvillea, its sometimes imposing churches, and its shady squares: the old city is a place to be experienced, more than to be visited. The writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who worked in the city in 1948, was also forever marked by Cartagena, whose memories often permeate his novels.

The heart of Cartagena offers a multitude of facets to the image of its palenqueras, its fishermen, its street artists of Getsemani... facets that we advise you to discover by crisscrossing its streets. To go even further, we suggest activities with local flavors in the neighborhood of La Boquilla or at the Bazurto market.

Cartagena de Indias also has important fortifications that form one of the most complete systems of military fortifications in South America. 13km of centuries-old fortifications surround the old city exactly.

Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers planning a trip to Cartagena

When to visit Cartagena?

The best period to visit Cartagena is from December to April: This period corresponds to the dry season with milder weather and low rainfall. 

  • You can also visit Cartagena throughout the year. 

  • To be avoided: Christmas and Holy Week periods as Cartagena becomes very congested. 

Here are our top 5 visits to Cartagena :

  • The Castillo San Felipe
  • Santa Catalina Cathedral
  • The Cerro de la Popa
  • The submarine cruise in Baru
  • The market of Bazurto

There are 4 important areas in Cartagena: 

  • The historical center and Getsemani
  • The modern area
  • The northern zone (Airport)
  • Manga (port area). 

You can walk around these areas and get from one area to another we recommend you use cabs (yellow cars). There is the possibility of renting bicycles.

Finally, the network of buses and busetas allows you to reach all the most remote areas, including the Baru Peninsula.

The cab is one of the most used means of transportation in Cartagena.
  • The official cabs are yellow and have a plate with a number and the inscription "Servicio public". Cab rates in Cartagena are regulated (all official rates)

This system is called Transcribe and consists of buses with dedicated lanes (like the Transmilenio in Bogotá) and side buses that connect with the main roads
  • On the other hand, the traditional small buses run along the streets and can be taken anywhere by raising your hand..

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