Ships dock on a small island connected to mainland Cartagena by a bridge. From there, it’s a short taxi ride into Old City.
In 1811, Cartagena became the first Spanish territory to gain independence from the crown.
Pierino Gallo Shopping Plaza on the Bocagrande Peninsula is a mecca for shoppers looking for Colombian emeralds.
Plaza Santo Domingo
Home to Botero’s famous Gordita statue and the 16th-century Santo Domingo Church.
The site of the Punishment Tribunal during the New World’s Spanish Inquisition is now a fascinating history museum.
La Torre del Reloj
The Clock Tower Gate is the entrance to Old City and one of Cartagena’s most famous landmarks.
This fashionable neighborhood is an upscale luxury enclave that’s been described as the Miami Beach of Colombia.
For shopping, head to Las Bóvedas artisan center. These old arcades with 46 arches and 23 dungeons or vaults were once part of military quarters used...
No trip to Cartagena is complete without a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. The massive concrete and brick structure at the top of San Láz...
Ramble down cobblestoned streets under flowering balconies and bask in the warm glow of colonial and Spanish architecture. Explore Old City on your own after the relaxing horse-drawn carriage ride.
Visit San Felipe Fortress and key points of historical interest. See infamous dungeons of the Spanish Inquisition and tour 17th-century masterpieces of Spanish architecture and engineering.