Cartagena

When to go

Dec-Mar

Ideal length

4-5 nights

Transfer time

1 hour 30 minute flight from Bogota

Just walking through its narrow yet remarkable streets there is enough to understand why Cartagena is in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This colonial area is split into three zones, the Centro, San Diego (both inside the wall city) and Getsemaní.

OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO DO IN CARTAGENA

CITY TOUR

Start with a panoramic view of the city from the Monasterio and Iglesia de La Popa, formerly known as the “Popa del Galeon” and famous for resembling the stern of a galleon. Constructed in 1606 this church and monastery is located 140 metres up giving you a 360º views of the city

COLONIAL TOUR & MUSEUMS

Half day visit to the city’s colonial district, starting in Bolivar Park, shaded by large trees and with four fountains the park has a statue of the great Liberator at the centre. Around the square is the Gold Museum, which exhibits a fine collection of archaeological objects dating back to the pre-Hispanic period

LOCAL MARKETS

Met in the morning by our local chef, an enthusiast for local markets and head to La Plaza de Mercado de Bazurto located in the suburb known as Pie de La Popa in Cartagena. This is Cartagena´s main local market and stocks the largest variety of fresh produce in the Caribbean region

RUMBA IN CHIVA

This night tour of Cartagena is in the typical ¨Chiva¨, a brightly coloured traditional Caribbean bus with music turned up as you ride along taking in the modern and colonial sectors of the city and its narrow streets along the city wall

CARRIAGE TOUR

Take a magical evening tour of the walled city stepping back in time and enjoying the sights from an open horse drawn carriage. The sound of the horse’s hooves, the feel of the refreshing breeze, the night time colours of Cartagena, the architecture and the atmospheric scenery makes this a wonderful experience

LA BOQUILLA

20 minutes outside of Cartagena is ¨La Boquilla¨ a small fishing village where you will be able to take a canoe trip through the mangrove ecosystem, one of the most remarkable natural environments around Cartagena due to its rich fauna and diversity of vegetation

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