Gather your passport! Cartagena is fabulous for visiting art galleries and markets or taking a boat out to explore islands nearby. It’s not all travel though – make time for some surfing on their beautiful beaches! Though it may be only a 7-hour ferry ride away from Bogotá, Cartagena is an entire world apart. Once the oldest city in Colombia, this port metropolis has more than 2,500 years of history and some of its colonial buildings date as far back as 1533. To explore the historic sites, head for Plaza de Bolivar or Plaza Santo Domingo; feel like taking your vacation up a few notches with a little adventure? Take a water taxi to Isla Barú where you can swim among white sand beaches and palm trees on another island just 30 kilometres off Cartagena’s coast!
Cartagena is a sign that you are living your best life. There are picturesque streets, colourful colonial architecture, vibrant flowers, and people selling trinkets on the street to make this opportunity even sweeter. Everything about it screams adventure-from its warm climate to its scenic views of the Caribbean Sea. Cartagena is an incredible place for anyone who appreciates history or culture-or simply someone looking for adventure!
This might be the most incredible fortress ever built by the Spanish in any of their colonies and it’s a landmark within the city of Cartagena. Throughout its centuries-long existence, it has repelled countless enemies who attempted to capture it and take over this strategic port on the Atlantic Ocean. Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas is located on an island with formidable fortifications and structures designed for optimal defence against naval attacks while also remaining extremely effective against land assaults.
The streets are packed with the most authentic flavours you'll find. Experience what it's like to be a local on an insider's tour, tasting dishes sold by vendors who make the food they sell every day.
Watching El Totumo rise from the earth is a truly extraordinary experience. You can even bathe in its bubbling mud or take part in a cleansing swim to clear away your sins- for real!
The perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life, Islas Del Rosario is a day trip you won’t regret. Spend your time snorkelling in crystal clear water with colourful coral reefs illuminated by the sun above you, or take to the peaceful glassy waves in kayaks for an unspoiled view of Cartagena’s beautiful coastline. Once there, bask under the warm Colombian sunshine, enjoy delicious seafood lunch made fresh just for you on-site at one of many of the restaurants, and spend the rest of your day exploring this stunning natural beauty.
When you visit Cartagena it is highly recommended that you go to Playa Blanca. Located on Isla Barú, which can be reached by boat or car and in case you don't know, this place is filled with palm trees and beautiful white-sand beaches. This part of town will get really crowded during the day so we recommend going at night when everything has cleared up and the locals head home for dinner. Life down here isn’t all about lounging in your chic hammock or sipping a refreshing drink from one of the many bars lining up this lively beach - want some excitement? Visit the waterpark, there's always bound to be something new!
Watch as the sun sets over the Caribbean Sea from the open-air seating while taking a sip from one of the many Sunset Drinks! Get a chance to mingle with other tourists and locals alike and get to embrace the culture!
Hidden in one of the oldest colonial buildings, this museum will take you back into the past to explore the Inquisition. You'll explore all sorts of artifacts that point to history at its darkest time. Wear your cape and hat for maximum authenticity!
Cartagena is the melting pot of culture and people. Dance your way into everything that this wondrous city has to offer with Cartagena Salsa Bars. Anywhere, anytime, drink in the energy around you because you know how it tastes.
Street art is contagious. Get septic here and it will infest your brain until everything you see, do, and even think about has a couple of layers of street art on it with one notably more popular than the rest. This is created for backpackers with lust in their hearts.