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Cartagena, Colombia

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What do you like best about Cartagena, Colombia?

Cartagena's must-see places and things to do include the Ciudad Amarullada, the walled city, Convento de la Popa, Bocagrande, nighlife, museums, and side trips to Santa Marta, Ciudad Perdida and Parque Nacional Tayrona. What do you like best about the city?

Cartagena, Colombia

The old walled city and fortress repelled invaders and pirates in its early days. Now it welcomes visitors to its colonial charm, energetic nightlife and nearby attractions.

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Cartagena was one of the first cities founded by the Spaniards in South America. Begun in 1533, the strategic location called for a fortress, and the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas was started in 1639, but not completed for 150 years. The fortress walls surrounded what is now known as the Ciudad Murallada, or the walled old town, where churches, homes, business and plazas share their colonial heritage.

Places to Stay in Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena is one of Colombia's most visited destinations with tourists who come to enjoy the history, the sights, the weather and nightlife. Plan to stay several days, to enjoy the colonial period, the modern city and the fashionable seaside resort of Colombia's second port. Choose one of the these hotels to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable.

Things to Do and See in Cartagena, Colombia

Plan to spend several days in Cartagena, also known as Cartagena de Indias, Colombia's fascinating Caribbean resort and most popular attraction. History and nightlife, beaches and churches, a walled city and colonial architecture make it a living museum, perfect for honeymoons, family vacations and adult adventures.


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Cartagena Hotels

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Cartagena International Film Festival

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Cartagena, Colombia's Best Kept Secret

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Decameron Hotel and Resort, Cartagena

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Hotel Bahia

In Bocagrande near the beaches.

La Boquilla

Opinions and recommendations about this small fishing village near Cartagena, from James Smith for Epinions.com

La Popa - La Candelaria Convent

With a colorful and varied history, La Popa monastery on the hill "is a good site to appreciate the Heroic City from a distance, with a beautiful view that includes the Caribbean, the Island of Tierrabomba, the tourist area, the walled downtown, La Boquilla, the northern zone and the city in general."

Ole, The Matador Bar, Cartagena

Opinions and recommendations from James Smith for Epinions.com

Playa Blanca - Cartagena de Indias - Isla de Baru

"Playa Blanca, definitely is the best beach close to Cartagena - you can reach it overland or by boat.With its white sand & crystal water Playa Blanca is probably one of the best %u201Cplayas%u201D in Colombia! It is definitly worth to stay there for some days. There are several places where you can rent hammocks, get food & drinks."

What's in a Name? Gallo Loco Bar, Cartagena

Opinions and recommendations from James Smith for Epinions.com
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