Plaza Bolivar, Cartagena

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Seek welcome respite from the hot afternoon sun at Plaza Bolivar, a shady oasis in the center of Cartagena. The historic tree-lined square, which for centuries sat at the heart of Cartagena life, serves as an unrivalled spot for people-watching. Take a seat on a park bench and relax as local life whirrs by. You're bound to see plenty of talented street artists who drop by to perform their act, dip their hat, then move on to find a fresh crowd. Grab some local street food at one of the stalls surrounding the square while you wait. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Plaza Bolivar by using our Cartagena itinerary planner.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Manicured tree-lined square, with music and dance attractions, opposite the Cathedral and tv station.
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  • August 13, 2017
    I met the Plaza Bolivar on a Saturday, when there was a dance group performing. The energy was great and many tourists took pictures and recorded. Is a good place to sit for a bit and get into the energy of Cartagena.
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  • August 11, 2017
    I think there are 8 plazas in the walled city. This one has more shade than some and is close to the Gold museum. Before sunset, there are traditional Columbian dances performed. The plaza is named fo...  more »

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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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