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Cartagena

City of Heroes

The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses. While most Cartagena tours either start or end in the history-infused old town, the city's outer districts reveal a different side of this modern coastal city. Away from its colonial core, Cartagena remains a working-class town with a busy port and a modern skyline. Long overlooked by foreign travelers, Cartagena holidays draw a growing number of visitors interested in discovering an urban center where colonial architecture stands shoulder to shoulder with modern tourist attractions. Plan your holiday in Cartagena and other destinations, from the rural, to the urban, and everything in between, using our Colombia trip itinerary planner.
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Despite its status as a major tourist hub, Cartagena offers a good choice of affordable places to stay. If you're looking to splurge, consider staying at one of the town's restored colonial-era buildings, which now house boutique hotels packed with modern amenities. Alternatively, several old monasteries in Cartagena's walled colonial district offer outstanding facilities at very high prices. Budget-conscious travelers can explore the many mid-range hotels and low-cost hostels clustered in Getsemani, an up-and-coming neighborhood and center of the backpacker scene.
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