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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  • The environment of the city walled in the night is incredible. Creates a fantastic move. I recommend it
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  • It is a very good walk awhile to go knowing the different squares. The ride on this float between 25 and 30 thousand Colombian pesos per person. Really not worth doing so, but that depends on the taste of everyone. Street vendors are everywhere so that it is very uncomfortable. I recommend this plan to do this day.
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  • Enor to Cartagena and not to tour the walled city is not to go. Really all its surroundings and its history is spectacular. Excellent place to visit
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  • Whenever I visit and old quarter of a city, my best recommendation is to get yourself lost going up and down the streets. Do this during the day and evening. You get a different perspective. Even if you think you have seen all the streets, go back and discover it again. Here, there are so many enchanting plazas, courtyards, hotels, hostels, restaurants, cafes, churches and much more. I found the quarter quieter during the day and packed with people at night. I personally, enjoyed the walled city more during the day.
  • A truly magical place. The walled city is a 500 year old pearl of beauty. There are so many things to see and do while here, from the churches, to the public squares, to the restaurants and bars. At every turn, you will see history come alive. Try finding a bed and breakfast or small hotel inside of the walled city to truly enhance your experience.
  • What a great thing to do with the one you live or and or family. I recommend that you go in the later afternoon so that the sun is starting to come down and you can take in the sights and sounds of the city. Charge your phone or camera, many opportunities for pictures. Be careful at night since there are no rails and the walkways are Uneven. Enjoy the city.
  • This is a great historic town. There are lots of shops and restaurants to stop in and check out. Plenty of great food options to choose from. Don't skip the street food. It is some of the best in the area and it is tough to beat the prices. It can be very hot during the day so be prepared.
  • One of the most wonderful and colorful places I have ever been. If u come to cartagena, you must to go to the Walled City

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