Plaza Bolivar, Cartagena

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Landmark Tourist Spot
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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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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  • We passed by the park our first night in Cartagena. Lots of carriages looking for tourists (worth ever penny!). But also a wonderful surprise, hot music and Colombian dancing! The equestrian statue ma...  more »
  • This picturesque plaza is a pearl. Not too big, with a mix of many kinds of passers. I rested on a bench had an icecream, listened to a music played in the open by three singers and had my shoes shine...  more »
  • I only wish I was bold enough to take photos of the old men all playing card at their own table they brought in. They were laughing and having an inviable time hanging out together. It's a great peopl...  more »