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CARTAGENA DE INDIAS 'The Heroic City'

Cartagena, located on the north coast of Colombia and facing the Caribbean Sea, is the Colombian city most visited by tourists for its colonial charm, history, beaches and culinary cuisine.

The city has two main areas that visitors tend to go to the most:

  • The walled city, which encloses the colonial sector of the city with streets full of history, balconies, churches, museums and old houses.
  • The modern part of the city, where you will find a wide variety of hotels and the traditional and exclusive Castillogrande neighborhood.

Cartagena was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in November 1984, becoming the first Colombian place to be included in the list of World Cultural and Natural Heritage.

Over the years, Cartagena has expanded dramatically. It is home to the most important port in Colombia, as well as an industrial zone specialized in petrochemical products.  However, even with all the hustle and bustle of Cartagena, it’s important to note that preservation of its old, walled city remains a priority for the country and its people.

GREAT CONNECTIVITY

44 weekly flights to and from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, New York, Panama City, Amsterdam and Newark. Airlines such as American Airlines, Wingo, Copa, Spirit, JetBlue and KLM conduct these operations.

AMSTERDAM
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PANAMÁ
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MIAMI
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FT. LAUDERDALE
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NEW YORK
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GREAT CONNECTIVITY

316 weekly flights to and from Bogotá, Medellín (Rionegro and Olaya Herrera), Cali, San Andrés, Pereira, Bucaramanga and Cúcuta. Airlines such as Avianca, LATAM, Viva Air, GCA Airlines, Easy Fly and Wingo conduct these operations.

Climate
27 - 31ºC / 80 - 87ºF
Official language
Spanish
Currency
Colombian peso (COP)
Time zone
UTC-5
Electricity
110 V
Banking hours
8:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. TO 4:00 P.M.
ATMs 24/7
WI-FI
Wifi available in the convention center, in shopping centers and restaurants
Business hours
open Monday to Sunday
10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

VISA INFORMATION

Tourists coming from 85 countries are not required to have a visa. For more information, visit Colombian Foreign Ministry to check travel requirements:

Please also check with your country’s embassy to confirm travel requirements.

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HOTEL LAS AMÉRICAS

CASA DE PLAYA

PRICE IN PESOS PRICE IN DOLLARS
Superior Single Casa De Playa $ 391.497 USD 119
Superior Double Casa De Playa $ 455.683 USD 138
Additional Pax $ 168.808 USD 51
Junior o Dúplex Single Casa De Playa $ 620.909 USD 188
Junior o Dúplex Double Casa De Playa $ 680.893 USD 206
Reina Isabel Single Casa De Playa $ 850.321 USD 258
Reina Isabel Double Casa De Playa $ 911.146 USD 276

TORRE DEL MAR

PRICE IN PESOS PRICE IN DOLLARS
Superior Single Torre del Mar $ 478.892 USD 145
Superior Double Torre del Mar $ 538.877 USD 163
Additional Pax $ 168.808 USD 51
Junior Suite SingleTorre del Mar $ 712.506 USD 216
Junior Suite Double Torre del Mar $ 772.490 USD 234
Suite Presidencial Torre del Mar Single $ 941.917 USD 285
Suite Presidencial Torre del Mar Double $ 1.002.742 USD 304

* Room prices per night | the price includes breakfast and Wi-Fi internet in the rooms.

HOTEL radisson

PRICE IN PESOS PRICE IN DOLLARS
Superior Single $ 324.000 USD 98
Superior Double $ 324.000 USD 98
Junior Suite Single $ 374.000 USD 113
Junior Suite Double $ 374.000 USD 113
Additional Pax $ 80.000 USD 24

* Room prices per night | the price includes breakfast and Wi-Fi internet in the rooms.

HOTEL SONESTA

PRICE IN PESOS PRICE IN DOLLARS
Standard King Single $ 310.000 USD 94
Standard King Double $ 330.000 USD 100

* Room prices per night | the price includes breakfast and Wi-Fi internet in the rooms.

HOTEL HOLIDAY INN MORROS

PRICE IN PESOS PRICE IN DOLLARS
Standard Twin (1 People) $ 320.000 USD 97
Standard Twin (2 People) $ 340.000 USD 103

* Room prices per night | the price includes breakfast and Wi-Fi internet in the rooms.

RESTAURANTS AND BARS

Cartagena offers a wide variety of regional and traditional cuisines.

Explore some of the most renowned restaurants in the city here.

RESTAURANTE 1621

Located at the Hotel Sofitel Legend Santa Clara in the heart of Cartagena’s historic center, this former dining area of the Clarisse nuns, is home to the award-winning restaurant 1621. Here, the chef prepares contemporary cuisine by combining French culinary techniques with the freshest ingredients from the Colombian Caribbean coast.

Hours: Everyday, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

ERRE DE RAMÓN FREIXA

Acclaimed Spanish chef, Ramón Freixa, with two Michelin stars at his Madrid restaurant, has a small conquest in the Colombian Caribbean, situated on the top floor of Hotel Las Américas. This tasteful and impeccably decorated space holds: a tapas bar, an à la carte dining room, a tasting menu, a dining room and an outdoor terrace. Simplicity and sophistication can be found in all his dishes.

Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

ALMA

Alma serves as a restaurant and a centerpiece of Casa San Agustin, where fashionable locals and guests share a passion for local coastal Colombian cuisine in a vibrant environment. Its colonial courtyard, main room and private room serve as a backdrop to an ancient aqueduct found in the hotel. Alma radiates the life of Cartagena de Indias and offers the best in traditional cuisine by renowned Chef Heberto Eljach in the heart of the Casa San Agustin Hotel.

Hours: Everyday, 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

EL GOBERNADOR

With a name that evokes the stately character of Cartagena in accordance with its historical and colonial character, El Gobernador is a restaurant where local and international cuisine are combined to offer, avant-garde gastronomy infused with the aromas of the ingredients typical of the region.

Hours: Everyday, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

RESTAURANTE MAREA

Marea opened its doors in May 2012 and each day receives locals and visitors who appreciate good food. The restaurant has a living room decorated with murals that allude to the sea and an outdoor terrace that allows guests to enjoy the bohemian atmosphere next to the beautiful Bahía de las Ánimas.

The menu has options for all tastes, such as the catch of the day with mashed potato, the rice caldoso de mariscos and the traditional Mojarra Frita Cartagenera, a fish which comes boneless accompanied with coconut rice, fried plantain and hogao, as well as the exquisite entrecôte béamaise and the beef tenderloin in red wine sauce, for meat lovers.

Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

CANDE

The essence and flavors of a city can be captured through the colors, aroma, magic, land, citizens and numerous sensations associated with a close-knit community. With its live dancing and authentic menu, Cande is a restaurant that offers culture, music and tradition – night after night – through cuisine, colonial architecture and warm service, offering a new way to see (and feel) the city through the five senses. Cande lives and breathes Cartagena.

Hours: Everyday, 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

CELELE

Celele has become the jewel in the crown of Cartagena’s burgeoning culinary scene. It is a must-visit gastronomic stop for the legion of tourists who visit the colonial city.

Hours: Monday to Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Restaurante Fuerte San Sebastián del Pastelillo - Club de Pesca

Open since 1956, the Club de Pesca restaurant is an icon of Cartagena and the best place to watch the sunset and appreciate the view of both the modern and old Cartagena, as well as yachts and sailboats at the adjoining marina. The restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating. It has an extensive wine list to match its mainstay, seafood. The only restaurant on the water accessed by land or sea, it is a classic inside the fort of La Colonia.

Hours: Everyday, 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

BARS

BARS

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City tour

Set out on a wonderful journey that takes you through the magnificent city of Cartagena de Indias. Accompanied by a bilingual guide and aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle, you will begin the tour of the Bocagrande and Castillogrande neighborhoods, and later pass through the city center until you reach the residential Manga neighborhood, where you will see its historic mansions.

The tour continues until you reach the San Felipe de Barajas Fort. Here you will arrive at the Historic Center where you can visit the Las Bóvedas Artisan Center, participate in a panoramic tour, and walk through the streets and squares of the center. The tour ends with a visit to the Historical Museum and finally the neighborhood of Gethsemane.

DETAILS

Shorts
• Hat
• Light-colored, breathable clothing

Comfortable shoes
Sunscreen
• Sunglasses

ROSARIO ISLANDS

The Rosario Islands is an archipelago comprised of 27 private and public islands. You are welcome to explore the public islands like San Pedro de Majagua, Caliente Tours, Isla del Encanto and Cocoliso. Day trips are offered to each island, with tours starting in the morning with a drop-off back in the late afternoon. Lunch is included with each ticket purchase.

DETAILS

Sunscreen
Sunglasses
Swimsuit

DAY TOUR IN ISLA DEL ENCANTO

The Rosario Islands are an archipelago located within a national park on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, about an hour from the city of Cartagena.

A speed boat from Cartagena can get you to Isla del Encanto.

On the island, you can enjoy a buffet-style lunch, which includes beef, chicken, fish, coconut or white rice, pasta, plantains, vegetables, and seasonal fruits. All meals are accompanied with a drink and a traditional sweet from the region.

DETAILS

Sunscreen
Sunglasses
Swimsuit

SUNSET FROM THE BAY OF CARTAGENA

The Sunset Cruise excursion is ideal to relax and enjoy the best view of the city. The tour starts at 5:00 p.m., and departs from the Bodeguita dock.

Enjoy good music, sip on a Sangria de Cava cocktail or soft drink while you await to view Cartagena’s beautiful sunset.

DETAILS

Light-colored, breathable clothing
Comfortable shoes

CHIVA PARTY

“Chivas” are traditional buses found in Colombia that are painted with bright colors; they are often known as party buses. On board a Chiva, you can dance to live music, and enjoy an open bar that offers Colombian rum.

The Chiva will drive you around the tourist sector of Bocagrande and the residential area of Isla de Manga. You won’t want to miss the panoramic view of the Castillo de San Felipe. Once there, the Chiva will make a stop so you can taste some traditional Cartagena culinary bites.

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CARRIAGE RIDE

A carriage ride is an excellent way to visit Cartagena and see the city from another point of view.

The carriage can hold up to four people.

Attendees in the walled center must go to the Marina Park to book a carriage ride.

DETAILS

Light-colored, breathable clothing
Comfortable shoes

DANCE CLASSES

Feeling and enjoying the rhythm of the music is the most important part of learning Latin dances. Take a dance class and learn new styles of dance, such as champeta, salsa and more.

DETAILS

Light-colored, breathable clothing
Comfortable shoes

AVIARY TOUR

The Fundación Aviario Nacional de Colombia is a conservation entity that seeks to promote knowledge about Colombian diversity, its sustainable use and its responsible management. The Aviary is located on the Island of Barú, and is home to an estimated 138 species of birds.

DETAILS

Light-colored, breathable clothing
Comfortable shoes