Cartagena is a gorgeous city with colorful buildings, beautiful people and a lovely vibe. It’s definitely a must go during your roundtrip through Colombia. Here is everything you need to know about beautiful Cartagena!
Cartagena is very touristy
Because Cartagena is so gorgeous, many tourists stay in the city for a couple of days. You won’t be the only tourist, that’s for sure. Just go to the less known areas in Cartagena to escape the crowds.
The neighborhoods are very different
The fun part about Cartagena are the different areas. Go to Getsemani for a more authentic feel, with locals everywhere and fantastic street art. Gather in the park at night to enjoy the incredible culture of this neighborhood. The old town features the beautiful architecture, colorful doorways, modern restaurants and hotels. It’s fun to see the changes when you walk down the streets.
You can find some great places to eat in Cartagena
I discovered the food in Cartagena is so delicious. No matter where you go, you can always eat the most delicious meals. The restaurants and cafes are western, but the food is simply amazing.
It’s a very modern city
A lot of cities in Colombia are very modern, just like Cartagena. Good restaurants, beautiful hotels and big supermarkets: it’s definitely not oldskool!
Cartagena is different from other cities
You can not compare Cartagena with the other big cities in Colombia, like Bogota and Medellin. The only thing they have in common is the street art, but that’s a way bigger scene in Bogota and Medellin. Cartagena is more colorful, it’s way warmer and the vibe is soooo relaxed.
It’s a bit expensive
A touristy place is always a bit more expensive than a not touristy place, so be aware of the extra costs. It’s not like the States or Europe, but it’s not that cheap as Bolivia or Guatemala either.
You can discover everything by foot
You definitely don’t need a taxi, metro or bus to travel around Cartagena. You can easily explore the city by foot. It’s never further than half an hour.
The sunsets in Cartagena are amazing
Cartagena is the best city in Colombia to watch the sunset. Go to the wall that surrounds the city, buy a beer and watch the incredible sunset.
The architecture is amazing
Architecture lovers will be in heaven during a citytrip Cartagena. The old buildings are so beautiful and you probably want to take pictures on every corner.
A beach day is no problem
Do you want to escape the crowds and be zen for a day? Just go to one of the beaches close to Cartagena and relax! Or go to one of the islands nearby. A day trip is so easy.
Where to travel next?
Wanna travel further after Cartagena? You can go to Santa Marta, Tayrona National Park, Palomino or Minca. Or do it the other way around and go to these places first.
Cartagena has an international airport
Do you want to start or end your roundtrip through Colombia in Cartagena? No problem: the city has an international airport and the flights to and from Cartagena are actually not that expensive.
It’s always hot in Cartagena
The north of Colombia is the most dry part of the country. That’s why Cartagena and the areas around the city are always very warm. Prepare yourself with sunblock and sunglasses!
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