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Cartagena

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World heritage site · Historic Sites · Castles
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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Popular things to do in Cartagena

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Castle
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Historic Site
Walled City of Cartagena
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Duration: 4 hours
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Historic Site
Plaza Santo Domingo
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Boat Tour
Boat Tours & Water Sports
3.4
Duration: 2h 30 min

Historic Sites in Cartagena

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Religious Site
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Historic Site
Torre del Reloj
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Church
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Church
Iglesia de la Trinidad
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min

Side trips from Cartagena

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Beach
Playa Blanca Isla Baru
1.7
Duration: 4 hours
Aquarium
Oceanario Islas de Rosario
3.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Outdoor Activity
IslaBela Islas de Rosario
3.7
Duration: 8 hours
Outdoor Activity
Bora Bora Cartagena Beach Club Islas de Rosario
3.6
Duration: 4 hours

Hidden gems in Cartagena

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Neighborhood
Barrio Getsemani
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Duration: 4 hours
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Food Tour
Food Tours
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Duration: 8 hours
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Military Museum
Museo Naval Del Caribe
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Shopping in Cartagena

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Dantas Store
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Cafeto Cafe y Regalos
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Gift & Specialty Shop
El Centro Artesano
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Lili Duran Design Studio
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Duration: 2h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Cartagena

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Beach
Miramar Beach Club
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Duration: 4 hours
Ride / Activity
Centro Cultural Leandro Diaz
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Duration: 4 hours
Beach
Playa de Punta Canoa, Cartagena
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Duration: 4 hours
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Beach
Playa de Bocagrande
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Boat Tour
Sibarita Del Mar
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Duration: 2 hours
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Walking tour
Tour in Cartagena with Marelvy Pena-Hall
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Duration: 3 hours
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Landmark
Plaza Bolivar
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
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Duration: 8 hours

Where to stay in Cartagena

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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