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. Using our online itinerary creator, Cartagena attractions like Walled City of Cartagena can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • So pleased Cartagena was one of our places to visit on our cruise. What a beautiful city. We managed to see the modern psrt and the old city, especially the old city as we did a walking to our with a ...  more »
  • Cultural and architectural heritage of mankind, the walled city of Cartagena de Indias, is a point of the so-called "impedibles". The details of the story that start at the time of the colony, and go through different periods to the present day, are present in that place. He is not reached in depth in a single day, since practically every point, each House provides a particular interest.
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  • Cartagena de India is magical. I recommend a visit, and the time that there are will be, without a doubt, revealing. Home to terrible as the slave trade and the Inquisition emotions but also so well preserved architecture and current Colombian joy. The amount of time that one is left there, will always be a charm. Gethsemane is something that should not be one missed... If life will allow me, I will return
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  • 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
  • It was a great experience.. I advise people to visit this marvelous tourist attraction at the heart of Cartagena.
  • Charming city by the sea.
  • 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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  • 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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