Walled City of Cartagena, Cartagena

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Wander the historical streets of Walled City of Cartagena, an old district full of vibrant colonial architecture and heritage sites. Surrounded by 11 km (6.8 mi) of thick stone walls, the old city was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century. The vast fortifications, begun after an attack by Francis Drake, took two centuries in total to complete, as the city faced frequent damage from storms and pirate attacks. As well as the historical churches, mansions, plazas, and other buildings, the area boasts plentiful restaurants, cafes, and street vendors. Consider checking the cruise schedule before planning your visit: the old town clogs with tourists when several cruise ships unload on the same day. Walled City of Cartagena is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Cartagena Edition.
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  • October 7, 2017
    City with much tourism, eats nothing dangerous, rico! We will return next year, people are loving and educated. That Yes! We were on a terrace and have 27 street vendors trying to offer us something to buy in what they drank a bottle of beer
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  • October 7, 2017
    Very nice ride in Chiva. Very good architecture. If you think also visit San Andrés. Jewelry and everything is more baratoahi.
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  • October 6, 2017
    Cartegena is lovely but super hot and walkable so wear cool clothes and comfy shoes. Sleep late because things don't really get started until late in the afternoon. Evenings are loud, crowded but lots...  more »
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  • May 15, 2017
    I loved it. Old world feel, massive stone structures. Not doubt built by slaves. After all these years it's still solid and a testament to the work and toil of those human hands which built it. Lots of shops fine homes government buildings
  • April 9, 2017
    It was a great experience.. I advise people to visit this marvelous tourist attraction at the heart of Cartagena.
  • April 21, 2017
    Charming city by the sea.
  • June 12, 2017
    Unmissable walk, an ancient city of the colonial era. Museums, restaurants, crafts, and other places of tourist interest. Excellent, highly recommended.
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  • February 10, 2017
    Wonder of humanity par excellence, kilometers of homeland history at our feet
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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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