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Cartagena - Colombia's UNESCO world heritage site!

Cartagena is a fairty-tale city that will take your imagination on a magic carpet ride aroud stunning colonial architecture, breathtaking natural scenery, colorful and vibrant cultures and legendary history. Whether it´s the cobbled streets and quaint open air cafe´s of the World Heritage Listed historical center, or the glowing white sand and crystal clear waters of the neighbouring islands, Cartagena has something for everyone and that is what has made it Colombia´s number 1 travel destination for decades.

“Visitors will find a vibrant contemporary city with an intriguing history and within easy reach of superb Caribbean islands. Just bring appetite for Latin and Afro-Caribbean food and culture and you won’t be disappointed.”

History, architecture and touristic sights!

Cartagena was once a hub of the Spanish empire — a major shipping port for
New World riches and a slave market and Inquisition center. It is
surrounded by massive stone walls, within which sits hundreds of
gorgeous colonial homes, churches, plazas and parks. The Old Town, a Unesco World Heritage site, is filled with friendly people and harmless, if not persistent, souvenir hawkers all conducting their livelihoods, businesses and romances
outdoors.

The walled Caribbean city of Cartagena rivals the old quarter of
Havana with its centuries-old buildings. Cartagena is the great
military place of the Spanish Americas; an old city locked within an immense fortress – San Felipe de Barajas – the biggest
American military castle.

On top, the colonial balconies and bell towers, viewpoints towards the bay over the houses of antiques merchants where cultural life is alive in the streets, plazas and small squares that provide space for multiple artistic and traditional exhibitions.

Things to do in Cartagena!

Cartagena provides services for all types of travelers and is well equipped with world class restaurants, fantastic night life, a large choice of hotels, casinos and everything else that you would look for in one of the world´s top travel destinations.

While in Cartagena you must make a trip to the Rosario Islands National Park, where you can relax on postcard perfect Caribbean beaches, snorkel and scuba dive in coral reefs and enjoy the regions delicious local seafood cuisine. The Park is known for its abundant diversity of more than 1300 animals and plant species, constituting to a valuable natural heritage for the Colombian people.

Another great day trip while your in the Cartagena region is to the Volcán Del Totumo. This tiny volcano is filled with mud that is rich in minerals which are greatf or your skin. It’s a perfect place for Wellness & Spa lovers. Trips can be easily made from Cartagena.

Check out our blog posts on Cartagena climate and the nearby TierraBomba Island
 

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Travel Tips

What to wear?

Dress code - Mantaraya recommends light colored, lightweight clothing. Be sure to bring hats, sunglasses, sun-screen and comfortable shoes. The rules of etiquette in Cartagena involving restaurants and stores are no beach attire.

How to get to Cartagena?

By plane - Direct flights to Cartagena are offered from Madrid, Panama, Miami and most major international airports. An easier option would be to take a direct flight to El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá and then a short 1 hour connecting flight to The Rafael Núñez Airport in Cartagena. By land within the city - Traveling by taxi within Cartagena is the easiest and cheapest option. However be sure to ask about the fare for the ride before you get in the car because rates can vary.

What to do in Cartagena?

Shopping – Strolling around the walled city, Bocagrande and El Laguito is a great opportunity to get books, records, clothes and more prominently gold jewelry or emeralds in Pre-Colombian designs. Restaurants - Club de Pesca; this famous restaurant set in the historic old fort of San Sebastian del Pastelillo alongside the beautiful harbor is romantic, beautiful and a must for dining when in Cartagena. Whilst looking over the marinas lights reflecting on the water, you can dine on their delectable menu, which specializes in seafood, and has a fantastic selection of wines. They often have live bands playing at night, setting an incredible magical ambience whilst dining in the warm open air. Café Del Mar - Sit on the historic city wall overlooking the sea on one side and the old city on the other with a large cocktail, a sea breeze, and chill music at this stylish and relaxing open-air bar!









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Comments for Cartagena

  • Comment by Stephanie Wagner — 09/06/2009

    Cartagena,absolute paradise!I could live in this city the rest of my life!The people,the nightlife,and THE BEAAACHES! Oh, and the food!! I recommend going to “La cocina de Socorro”, excellent restaurant!

  • Comment by ELIDA — 11/24/2009

    ME ENCANTÓ CARTAGENA DE INDIAS, POR LO BELLO DE SUS PAISAJES Y POR LA IMPORTANCIA HISTORICA DE LA CIUDAD AMURALLADA, MUY BUEN SERVICIO DE HOTELERÍA Y COMIDAS EXQUISITAS…Y QUÉ NO DECIR DE LA VARIDAD Y CALIDAD DE LOS FRUTOS DE MAR.ME MOLESTÓ MUCHO EL ACOSO DE LOS VENDEDORES AMBULANTES EN LAS PLAYAS Y EN LAS CALLES…CREO QUE LA POLICÍA TENDRÍA QUE RESTRINGIR UN POCO ESAS ACTIVIDADES…POR ESA CAUSA NO SE PUEDE DISFRUTAR AL MÁXIMO TANTA BELLEZA….ESPERO TOMEN MEDIDAS.GRACIAS…

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  • Comment by MLB Baseball Jersey — 04/02/2012

    Your website is beautiful, which is popular among customers. I’ll come to visit again. Thank you very much!

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Available Sightseeing Tours

Cartagena City Tour

Cartagena City Tour

(4 hours) $82 USD per person *

Discover the amazing walled city of Cartagena de Indias!

Cartagena Golf Day Tour

Cartagena Golf Day Tour

(8 hours) $200 US

Take a break to enjoy a day of golf in the warm weather of the Caribbean!

Cartagena wind surfing course

Cartagena wind surfing course

(8 hours (divided into 3 days)) $205 US

Enjoy learning the exciting sport of Windsurfing in the beautiful Caribbean sea.

Cartagena Kite Surfing Course

Cartagena Kite Surfing Course

(8 hours (divided into 2, 3 or 4 days)) $429 USD *

Learn how to kite surf in the beautiful warm waters of the Caribbean sea.

Salsa & Latin Dancing Tour

Salsa & Latin Dancing Tour

(1.5 hours) $65 USD

Enjoy dancing the lating music!

Tour to the Rosario Islands

Tour to the Rosario Islands

(8 hours) $99 USD per person*

Relax and discover the breathtaking ecosystem of the Rosario Islands.

Cartagena Walking City Tour

Cartagena Walking City Tour

(4 hours) $55 USD per person *

Discover the amazing walled city of Cartagena de Indias!

Cartagena Botanical Garden Tour

Cartagena Botanical Garden Tour

(5 hours) $119 USD *

Wander through the beautiful Botanical Gardens of Cartagena!

Punta Icacos Canoe Tour

Punta Icacos Canoe Tour

(6 hours) $114 USD *

Canoe through Mangrove tunnels and enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach!

 

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