The historic city of Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a must-see for anyone heading to Colombia. You could spend a few days just wandering through the walled city, admiring the colorful colonial architecture, but there's much more to it than that.
The museums, churches, and historic sites will satisfy any history buff while the nightlife, music, and dancing will quench the thirst of the partygoer. World-class restaurants featuring traditional Colombian cuisine from the Caribbean to the Coffee Region, sushi, Spanish, Middle Eastern, and more - plus great street food - await the foodie.
And shopping? Clothing, locally made crafts, cigars, and jewelry...you can find it in Cartagena. Take home a handmade hammock or mochila, a traditional hat, or even some jewelry made with Colombian emeralds. You'll find a shop on just about every block in the walled city.
Head outside the walls to Getsemaní or Mercado Bazurto to get a local's perspective. You also have to visit Castillo San Felipe, the strongest Spanish fortress ever constructed.
Cartagena is on the Caribbean, so the beaches are great, right? Not exactly. To get to some of the best beaches in Colombia, you have to leave the city. Luckily, Playa Blanca, Isla Grande, and Tierrabomba are a short boat ride away. Take a day trip to the white powdery sand and crystal clear waters and relax in the sun.
Sounds like there's a lot of stuff to do. Yes, there is, and the list goes on. Let us be your personal experts in Cartagena. Visit on our Colombia Highlights, Caribbean Escape, Colombia Essentials, and Colombia Highlights tours, or add it to any customized tour.